Social Action

Social Action

Congregation Beth Israel’s Social Action Committee works with Rabbi Joseph to promote social justice and set priorities for CBI’s call to action through programming and volunteer opportunities. This group provides a myriad of programs that support causes through education, advocacy, direct service, and interfaith coalition building. This committee is only open to members of CBI.

CBI is a Brit Olam (Covenant with our World) committed congregation, joining  over 200 other Reform Congregations in linked social justice work.

CBI works to give back to our community through frequent social action projects! Volunteers come together throughout the year to help provide and deliver meals during Thanksgiving and Christmas, support refugees in our community, lobby in Salem, participate in our annual Mitzvah Day, and so much more! We have many ongoing projects in partnership with our neighbors at NW Tower; these include tutoring children from NW Tower Annex, assisting with the resident run food pantry and supporting social gatherings.  With a long list of activities, there are always opportunities to help our community. These projects are open to the larger Portland- area Jewish community.

Connect with Social Action at CBI

Our Beth Israel Community has a full slate of social action activities, from direct service to advocacy, that reflect our social justice teachings.

Your help is needed. Volunteer for an event or ongoing activity, or to help with development and implementation of new programs.

Participation in the Social Action Committee is open to all congregants.

The following is a description of some of our programs.


The Social Action Committee welcomes requests for allocations from the Social Action Food Fund, High Holidays Funds for Food and the Social Action General Tribute Fund. Please click to learn more and to submit a request


Questions about how you can get involved with the Social Action Committee? Email or call Program and Communications Coordinator Tracy Manaster Alifanz at (503) 222-1069 to learn how you can make a difference!