Social Action

Monthly Projects & Collections


Congregation Beth Or's commitment to Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) is reflected in our social action activities & events. Below is a summary of several on-going projects. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact our Social Action Chair, Susy Krimker ([email protected]) or Vice-Chair, Margie Chachkin ([email protected]).

Passover Care Packages for Beth Or Troop Connections (B.O.T.C.) 
for Jewish soldiers serving abroad.


Please contact Chair Susy Krimker at [email protected] if you are able to donate any of the following items.  Thank you!
Ossem Chicken Soup Mix . Geffen Mayonnaise . Potato Pancake Mix 
Passover Cakes . Nuts . Dried Fruit . Rekeach Ketchup . Matzah Ball Mix . Elijah Cups

Jewish Relief Agency (JRA) 


JRA is the largest provider of food assistance to Jewish families in need in the Greater Philadelphia region and is the third largest direct-service food pantry in our area. This monthly food distribution started in 2000 and now assists over 3,000 low income households.

Please consider joining in to help on one of their packing dates. Go to for details about this wonderful mitzvah project.



Just One - Beth Or's Year Round Toiletry Collection Drive


Each and every one of the toiletries that are donated makes its way to someone who needs it. The list of rotating organizations are: JCC Klein, Jewish Family & Children's Services, HIAS, Inter-faith Housing Alliance/Hope Gardens, Beth Or Troop Connections, St. Mary's Villa for Children & Families, and Silver Springs Martin Luther School. 


Hope Gardens & Interfaith Housing Alliance

Interfaith Housing Alliance (IFHA) provides temporary housing in the Hope Gardens Apartments and offers a program for those who are currently displaced, through the Interfaith Hospitality Network. Families who reside at Hope Gardens and utilize the IFHA shelter program, do not have many belongings and use the IFHA Day Center to find resources, employment, and long-term housing. The goal is for each family to regain independence and become self-sufficient. With this in mind, the following types of donations are appreciated:

1. Microwave, twin bed/mattress, pillows/sheets/blankets (bedding must be new), kitchenware, table and chair sets, bedroom sets for kids, and/or living room sets.

2. Welcome basket to each new Hope Gardens family that may include cleaning supplies, basic toiletries, a few kitchen items, and/or gift cards to local stores like Target for other items needed when moving into the apartment.

3. Re-stocking Barb’s Folly, the storage unit where tangible donations are housed and then distributed to Hope Gardens' residents and shelter families. The following items are most needed: laundry detergent, dish soap, toilet paper, paper towels, body wash, soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.

For further information or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Beth Or's Hope Gardens liasion, Debbie Schwartz, [email protected].

Meals that Matter


Our volunteers cook up a storm in the kitchen under the direction of Caren Gutman. Meals are prepared for clients of JCC Klein, including the elderly who may be homebound and have difficulty shopping/cooking for themselves.

For further information, a list of upcoming cooking dates or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Caren Gutman at [email protected].

The Mitzvah Bowl -


The Mitzvah Bowl is your easy guide for finding the ideal bar/bat mitzvah project. Created by Beth Or members, Cheryl Friedenberg & Val Franklin, it provides volunteer opportunities for high school students looking to fulfill community service hours. Additionally, the Mitzvah Bowl offers resources for youth groups, clubs, scouting troops and families seeking a way to help others and to make a difference.

The Knitting Circle


The Knitting Circle meets on Wednesday nights at 7 pm in Beth Or's Herzfeld Library. Yarn and needles are provided. All you need to bring is yourself! We will teach you how to knit! This is a wonderful group that meets monthly to knits afghans and hats for children and adults who are healing or being treated in the hospital.

For further information, please contact Faye Benshetler, [email protected]. Knitting needles and yarn are provided.

Corner of the Land Garden


Beth Or's Corner of the Land Garden is in operation from May through October. Volunteers get together to plant, weed and harvest. Your help is welcome. Vegetables have been making their way to the Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard and Interfaith Housing Alliance/Hope Gardens, both of which are in Ambler. So if you are available to deliver, Bruce Dorsey and Mitch Diamond would welcome hearing from you ([email protected], [email protected]).