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York, PA   17403
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Social Action at Temple Beth Israel

"Justice, justice you shall pursue." -- Deuteronomy 16:20

Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) is an essential activity for Reform Jews. At Temple Beth Israel, our social action programs work to bring positive change to the York community – as well as to the wider world– in many ways. We welcome your thoughts on how to expand current projects – or launch new ones. Email Social Action Chairwoman Deena Gross at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on our projects.

Doing Good for Goode

rabbigoodeCongregation members volunteer at the Alexander D. Goode Elementary School in York City to i
mprove the educational and extracurricular opportunities for students at the school named for a former TBI Rabbi.

Goode students face many challenges, often linked to poverty. About half are reading below their grade level. One quarter are English language learners. Another quarter have learning disabilities.

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TBI outreach includes: a school supply drive, mulching the playground, cleaning a courtyard, planting a vegetable garden, helping with reading education, and offering after-school activities. Other ideas are welcome. Please join us – by calling the Temple office at 717-843-2676.

Click here to learn more about Rabbi Goode's legacy. 



How else do we help?  We fight hunger:

TBI and our Religious School have a key role in the annual JFS of York Hunger Walk-A-Thon to support Project Manna and the Northeast Neighborhood Food Bank. The food bank serves the area where many Goode School students live. TBI members also:

  • Stock the Project Manna food pantry at JFS, and prepare disbursements.
  • Contribute to the High Holiday Food Drive for Project Manna and NENA's food bank.
  • Sign up with JFS to fill the York Jewish Community's slots to serve meals at Our Daily Bread. Call 717-843-5011 to help.
  • Conduct a food drive as part of our participation in the annual York Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.


We teach our children the importance of Tzedakah (charity)

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  • Hunger education is an essential part of our Religious School curriculum. Older students also learn how to be advocates for social change on this issue.
  • Our Confirmation class conducts an annual clothing drive for the Northeast Neighborhood Association's clothing bank.
  • Our Religious School holds an annual Tzedakah Fair. Students learn about local, national and international charities then educate their peers and donate money.

We support seniors in our community
TBI has provided financial support and volunteers for JFS of York's interfaithStaying Connected program since 2002. This program provides essential transportation for homebound seniors. To volunteer or participate in the program call Rachel Kohr at JFS, 717-843-5011.

We educate our community about anti-Semitism
With other community groups, we provide meaningful programming each year for Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day).

Other programs: Habitat for Humanity home builds, blood drives, a Mitzvah Crib, monthly food drives, efforts to combat distracted driving, and hosting Congressional candidate forums to help educate the voters in our congregation.

Learn more about Social Justice from a Jewish perspective:

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Israel Religious Action Center
Mitzvah Corps for Jewish teens
One One Foot
National Coalition of Jewish Women – targeting domestic violence
Mazon, a Jewish response to hunger
Bend the Arc

Yom Shlishi, 14 Heshvan 5779