Temple Beth El With nearly 700 family members, Temple Beth El has a vibrant program of religious, spiritual, educational, social, social action and support activities. Temple Beth El’s two main auxiliaries, the Sisterhood and the Men’s Club, each have an active agenda of programs, services and activities. Temple Beth El is affiliated... Read More
Social Action

Social Action Committee

… organize programs and projects that will sensitize the congregation to the Jewish mandates of social justice and provide opportunities for tikun olam (repairing the world).
Sherie Sondel, Pam Robbins* and Marcia Vandercook*
The Social Action Committee meets monthly on the 1st Thursday of the month at 7:00pm. The purpose of each meeting alternates between planning mitzvah (good deeds/commandments) activities and discussing larger social action issues. For more information about our meetings, or to find out what is on the agenda this month, contact Aleeza Hoffert, Director of Community Engagement, who is our staff liaison to the Social Action committee by emailing engage@tbemadison.org.


Many upcoming opportunities for Social Action!

Road Home Returns Sunday, March 19th – Sunday March 26th

We need you! Help us make this visit a summer success.

We are scheduled to host 4-5 homeless families at Temple Beth El from Sunday, March 19 to Sunday, March 26.   We would love to have new volunteers! We know this is a very busy time for folks. Maybe ask a friend to volunteer with you. These shifts are excellent service opportunities for high school students looking for service hours. The set-up and take-down shifts are a great introduction to what we do and are only an hour on Sunday. Cooking and shopping shifts are very flexible. Please go to this link for shift details and to sign up http://vols.pt/n1e

If you have questions please call or email Cathy Rotter at 271-5923, c.rotter.mail@gmail.com or Sandy Wright at sandywright11@gmail.com.  For more information about the Road Home Interfaith Hospitality Network please visit: http://trhome.org/ihn.php


Porchlight’s Men’s Shelter

Temple Beth El cooks, delivers, and serves a meal to the clients of Porchlight on the 5th Wednesday of every month. Porchlight is a not-for-profit, volunteer agency. It provides emergency shelter, food, employment services, counseling, and affordable transitional and permanent housing.

Volunteer Opportunities Available:
  • Shopping for Ingredients
  • Cooking the Meal at Temple on Wednesday between 4:00 and 5:00pm
  • Baking Cookies at Home
  • Transporting food from Temple to Grace Episcopal Church between 6:00 & 7:00pm
  • Serving the food at Grace Episcopal Church Men’s Shelter between 7:00 and 9:00pm


The Road Home (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network)

The Road Home Dane County serves Madison-area homeless families with children in collaboration with local faith communities and organizations. Temple Beth El hosts Road Home families for a week at a time in our building. Together with members of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, we provide volunteers to fill each of the following roles during our hosting weeks. Children are welcome and encouraged to volunteer with their parents for this very important mitzvah (good deed).   Dinner set-up (5:00-7:00pm): Dinner is already provided. We need volunteers to greet families, eat dinner with them, and help clean up. Evening Activities (7:00-9:00pm): Participate in activities with guests and their children. Overnight (9:00pm-7:00am): Stay overnight in your own room and help with breakfast the next morning. Families leave on the van at 7:00am during the week, 8:00am on the weekends. Dinner Drop-Off: Volunteers are needed to prepare and bring part of the meal for the evening. Meal coordinators will call volunteers and let them know what to bring. Food must be at Temple by 5:00pm on the day it is needed. Food should be ready to eat with the exception of being warmed Set-up: The first Sunday, in the early afternoon, volunteers bring guests’ belongings into rooms and get the area ready for the families. Take-down: The last Sunday, early morning, volunteers clean up classrooms and load up families’ belongings to go to the next site. Groceries: Volunteers buy groceries needed for the week. Volunteers will be called before the week begins and told what they need to purchase. Items should be brought to Temple by the first Sunday night. Mid-week Groceries: Volunteers will be contacted by coordinators is there is a need to buy groceries/supplies during the week.