Congregation Beth Shalom has been active for many years in a number of community and interfaith projects. In 2014, we formed a committee to focus our congregation’s activities in carrying out the important Jewish value of Tikkun Olam. Below are the major initiatives that our Congregants are actively pursuing by giving generously of their time as well as donating funds and goods. So be on the lookout for opportunities for participation.  For more information, contact: Stacey Friedland, Chair,302.545.9531.

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Family Promise Peace Drums
Hanover Food Pantry Girl Scouts
Student Mentoring Emmanuel Dining Room
Refugee Resettlement Shalom Corps
Interfaith Services with Other Congregations

Family Promise

Congregation Beth Shalom together with five other faith-based congregations in the Ninth Ward supports Family Promise of Northern New Castle County, a non-profit, 501(C)3 organization, with the goal of preventing and ending homelessness for families with children. During four week-long commitments throughout the year, the congregations work together to provide volunteers to set up sleeping accommodations, prepare meals, assist with transportation (van provided), plan and participate in family activities, and provide warm and caring fellowship by interacting with the families. Along with the staff of Family Promise, we help move families along a path to their own independent and sustainable living.

Family Promise hosting dates for 2019, will include the weeks beginning March 24, September 8, and December 1. To volunteer or to receive more information, please contact Stacey Friedland 302.545.9531.

Hanover Food Pantry

Twice a year, during the High Holy Days and Passover, CBS runs a food drive to help restock the food pantry at Hanover Presbyterian Church which provides free groceries to families experiencing food insecurity in our Ninth Ward community. The pantry is open every Thursday morning and last year more than 2,500 people were served. For more information, please contact Donna Miller.

Student Mentoring

In our continuing efforts to embrace and serve our community, CBS instituted a mentoring partnership with Warner and Shortlidge Elementary Schools. We are looking for adults who are willing to give 30 to 40 minutes of their week to serve as a mentor for a student Kindergarten to 5th Grade. There is little else that is more rewarding than knowing that you made a difference in the life of a child. To volunteer or to receive more information, please contact Sharon Rosengarten.

Refugee Resettlement

Congregation Beth Shalom works through Jewish Family Services to help newly arrived refugee families. In 2017, a community coalition of Hanover Presbyterian Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and Congregation Beth Shalom supported a newly arrived Refugee Family from Afghanistan. We provide material support when needed, but mainly provide life coaching skills while extending the hospitality of our houses of worship and congregants' homes. We help integrate families into the Wilmington community by planning trips to parks, museums, movie theaters, and amusement centers. Led by Karolin and Mark Lipman.

Peace Drums

Peace Drums, a Galilean Steel Band, is an interfaith initiative to promote peace among Jewish, Muslim and Christian Youth living in the Galilee Region of Israel. Israeli middle school students learn to play steel drums together with the goal of building trust among children that leads to a future of peace. This unique student band visited the US in April 2016 giving performances in Philadelphia, New York, and Wilmington. CBS families provided homes to house these visitors and formed enduring friendships. We hope to again host several students during a return trip in Spring 2019. To learn more, please contact Josh Sachs or Michele Weiner.

Girl Scouts

In 2010, the CBS Board of Directors approved the recognition for a Girl Scout Troop to be formed. Comprised of girls from CBS, Adas Kodesch, Beth Emeth, and Chabad, our Troop is one of a handful of Jewish Troops throughout the Country. Like other Troops, girls earn badges, go camping and sell cookies as well as participate in community projects that help improve their neighborhoods and protect the planet. Meetings are held weekly. To learn more, please contact Meredith Weiss.

Emmanuel Dining Room

As part of Tikkun Olam, we prepare and serve meals at Emmanuel Dining Room, a dining room offering high quality, nutritious meals to city residents who may otherwise have to deal with hunger. If interested in helping on our assigned dates – February 7, March 7, and April 7 - please contact Elaine Schmerling.

Shalom Corps: A Program for 7th to 10th Graders

Jewish teenagers rebuilding the world... Shalom Corps is an educational, social and community service youth experience. This group of teens works closely with the Tikkun Olam committee in performing numerous mitzvah projects that strengthen community involvement. A partnership of Shalom Corps parents/students and Tikkun Olam Committee Members have supported the Ronald McDonald House by hosting Sunday breakfasts and activity nights for families of children seeking treatment at A I DuPont Children Hospital. For more information, please contact Zach Platsis or Ruth Hochheiser.

Interfaith Services with Other Congregations

We participate in interfaith services. Look for information about special worship services in observance of Thanksgiving, the celebration of the Late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, and Passover as we come together with other faith-based congregations in our neighborhood.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service - Tuesday, November 26 - Watch for Details