Social Action Committee

For more information on any of our social action programs, please contact socialaction@bonaishalom.org.

Kol Nidre, Community Food Share  CBS collects non-perishable food items to be donated to Community Food Share as congregants enter the building for Kol Nidre services.  Items are donated after Yom Kippur.  Community Food Share  is Boulder and Broomfield Counties’ food bank.  CFS collects donated food from many sources, and stores the donated food in it Louisville warehouse where it is sorted, packaged, and checked for spoilage. Approximately 50 local human service agencies rely on CFS for free food to pass on to their clients. It also operates programs that provide free food to families with school-children living in poverty.

Pre-PesachInterfaith AIDS Coalition, Boulder County AIDS Project – Between Purim and Pesach, we collect non-perishable food (including unopened chametz), toiletries and/or household items for BCAP’s food bank which serves individuals with limited incomes who are living with HIV or AIDS in Boulder County. CBS is a member of the Interfaith AIDS Coalition.

Winter clothing/blanket collection for Homeless. CBS collects clothing and blankets as part of our collaboration with Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow (BOHO).  BOHO provides a safe indoor sleeping alternative to Boulder’s Shelter (usually full) or the streets.  The winter sheltering season (hosted by faith communities) begins October 1 and ends in May.  We also coordinate donation of hard boiled eggs and home-baked goods for Congregation HarHaShem’s BOHO guests at its Tuesday night Emergency Warming Center.

Bridge House Community Table.  CBS has a liaison to this community organization, the mission of which is to provide a safe, supportive community for Boulder’s homeless and working poor.  Bridge House depends on donations and volunteers.  Most needed items include coffee, canned protein, interview or work clothing (especially men’s), socks and shoes (especially men’s larger than size 10), waterproof athletic and cold-weather clothing and gear, and reading glasses.  Items can be dropped off at the main location at 1120 ½ Pine St., Monday– Friday, from 9 am to 4 pm.

Community Table.  CBS has a long-standing commitment to provide volunteers for Community Table on the second Monday of every month.  Community Table is located at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) on the northeast corner of 14th. and Spruce Streets.  The entrance to the community hall is mid-block between 14th and 15th Streets (to the east).  Dinner is served from 5 to 6 pm, and two shifts of volunteers are needed, from 3:45 to 5:15 pm and from 5 to 6:30 pm. You can come at any time during those hours and stay for as long as you like.

Crop Walk.  Since 1969, communities across the country have participated in annual CROP Hunger Walks, raising funds for local hunger-fighting agencies as well as for the international relief and development efforts.  Community Food Share and agencies such as MAZON benefit from our fundraising efforts.  CBS has participated for the six years. See details here!

roadCleanUpPhotoAdopt-a-Road Clean-up.   Once in the fall and once in the spring, CBS is responsible for collecting trash along a one-mile stretch of South Boulder Road east of Cherryvale Road.  This is a great time to spend time with friends while helping the community

Dialogue about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.  Beth Ornstein and Yocheved Landsman have been co-facilitating dialogues for CBS and the larger Boulder Jewish Community since 2009, using materials produced by the Public Conversations Project in collaboration with the Jewish Dialogue Group.  Those who have participated in the dialogues are invited to participate in events that focus on relevant issues.  A website and a Google group are also available to participants to share information. The program is open to Jewish community members of all backgrounds and perspectives. Recently, several participants in past dialogues have participated in our first dialogues with local Palestinians and American Arabs.  For information contact Barbara Trager at socialaction@bonaishalom.org.

Working Group on Gun Violence Prevention.  This group was recently formed at CBS to develop our own response to this issue that so deeply affects us as Jews and Americans.  The goals of the working group are advocacy and education/dialogue.  For more information or to participate, please contact Stephanie Greenberg at research@swgreenberg.com.

Sudanese Scholarship Fund.  With funds collected for our Sudanese Refugee Project, CBS has established a Sudanese Scholarship Fund.  This Fund is an investment on the part of the CBS community in the future of three young Sudanese refugee women our congregation helped resettle to Boulder – Stella Peter, Pauline Santino, and Christine Bettel.  The Fund is available for scholarships to help these women to complete their educational and career goals.  The Fund may also provide for extraordinary medical expenses not otherwise covered by insurance.

Jewish Community Career Network.   The JCCN offers quarterly programs for job seekers, career changers, and small business entrepreneurs.   There is time for networking at the end of the program. Programs are free and open to everyone.  For information contact info@jccnbouler.org or go here.

Tuv Ha’Aretz, Boulder’s Jewish/Interfaith CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  As part of a collaborative effort with members of other local Jewish Congregations and St. Aiden’s Church, CBS members have partnered with Red Wagon Organic Farm. This is a Hazon  community supporting agriculture program, enabling the community to support local, sustainable agriculture.  Individuals pre-purchase a share of a farmer’s produce for an entire season. The CSA guarantees the farmer a secure income and gives members access to local, organic produce at competitive prices, while helping to preserve farmland and build community. Tuv Ha’Aretz is also a platform for innovative educational and community-building programs that explore the intersection of food and Jewish and other religious traditions.   For more information, contact boulderjewishcsa@gmail.com.

Jewish Community Relations Council. CBS is a member of the JCRC in Denver which advocates community perspectives to elected officials and develops policy positions on issues related to Jewish values.

Current Social Action Volunteer opportunities (or your own suggestion!):

  • Participate as a Social Action Committee member
  • Website Development for Social Action Committee: Help keep our webpage information current.
  • Current Event Coordinator: Help keep us informed about current events of interest to our CBS community and maintain list of links to include on the website.
  • Participate in Crop Walk
  • Participate in the Inclusion Project
  • Serve on the Tuv HaAretz Core Committee
  • Serve on the JCCN Steering Committee
  • Attend JCRC meetings
  • Volunteer for the semi-annual road clean-up (Fall and/or Spring)