Social Action

“You should be holy, for I, your G-d, am holy” (Leviticus 19:1-2)

Temple Beth Hillel’s clergy and congregants work to meet G-d’s directive by sharing our blessings to support and protect our community and neighbors. As members of the Jewish faith, we are called to tikkun loam, to strive to repair and improve the world in which we live. The Temple’s Social Action Committee’s goal is to inquire, educate and engage through meaningful action that brings about change and transformation.

Holiness is earned through building relationships within our community and the larger world which strengthens our ability to repair the world.  We seek to provide our Temple community with the opportunity for gemilut Chasadim (the giving of loving-kindness), Chesed (loving-kindness), Mitzvah (commandment, a good deed) and Tzedakah (charity).

Our annual Shema Tour offers an opportunity for members to learn and inquire about the needs of those in the Greater Hartford community and listen with open hearts. Our current Shema Tour partner is the Walk in the Light Church of G-d in Hartford’s North End. In recent years, our Temple has supported programs at Foodshare, the South Windsor Food and Fuel Bank, the South Windsor Hunger Action Team, Hands-On-Hartford, The Cornerstone Foundation in Vernon, Chrysalis Center, The American Red Cross, and many other organizations.

We maintain strong relationships with organizations that serve our community, both locally and nationally, that include the URJ’s Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and the Brit Olam Society, the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), the Anti-Defamation League of Connecticut, and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford.

We welcome all Temple members to join our Social Action committee as we provide leadership and compassion to the communities we serve.