Healing The World
The Jewish value of tikkun olam, healing the world, is at the heart of CBE’s identity. From our rapid response to Hurricane Sandy, which spurred our CBE Feeds program, to our study series on systemic racism in America, which led to our Dismantling Racism Team, to our partnership with Council member Brad Lander that led to the #GetOrganizedBK initiative, which has led thousands of our Brooklyn neighbors to form dozens of working to protect human rights, stand with vulnerable communities, and defend democracy&mdashCBE members, clergy and staff partner to make a real difference in our community, city, state, country, and world.
If you would like opportunities to do good and create change in the world, from acts of kindness to service, from giving to mitzvot, from advocacy to community organizing, CBE is a place to get involved. We welcome you to bring your skills, commitments, and heart to any or all of our social justice initiatives.
Neutrality when life is at risk is not a Jewish value. Silence in the face of injustice is not a Jewish value. The Jewish thing to do is to take a stand, to speak, to act. -Rabbi Rachel Timoner, Rosh Hashanah sermon
Raise the Age: New York is one of only two states in the country which prosecutes all 16- and 17-year olds as adults, sending them to adult jails and prisons. Young people in adult jails are much more likely to be victims of violence and 36 times more likely to commit suicide than those in juvenile facilities. Raise the Age changes the law to treat 16 and 17 year olds as the juveniles they are. In addition to advocating with key senators and assemblymembers, CBE teamed up with Central Synagogue to organize a 1,000-person action with Governor Cuomo just before his negotiations in Albany, contributing to the passage of Raise the Age in April 2017!
Members of the Dismantling Racism Team are also working on the Right to Know Act and the Close Rikers campaign. The team also works with other houses of worship across lines of race, class, and neighborhood to hold candidates for District Attorney accountable on issues of systemic racism.
Dinner: Volunteers may sign up to prepare dinner for 14 people (Dinner must be prepared outside CBE. We have no ovens, just a small microwave.) Volunteers prepare a nutritious, protein-based meal and arrive no later than 6:30 PM to serve guests. Volunteers should plan to stay to serve dinner and speak with the guests until around 8 PM. At least one person or family should sign up (two families can work together) and children may assist parents.
Overnight: Volunteers (both men & women) may sign up to sleep overnight at the shelter. There will be cots and clean linens on site. Plan to arrive by 7 PM and depart by 7 AM the next morning after the guests leave. At least two adults must be present and teens over age 12 may stay overnight, as long as a parent is with them.
Dessert: Individuals, families, or groups may sign up to provide dessert for shelter guests. Please deliver the dessert by 6:30 PM and give it to the Evening Coordinator. There is no need to stay.
If you sign up to volunteer and need to cancel, please provide at least 48 hours notice to the coordinator, Carol Shuchman, who can be reached at 917-589-8972. Thank you.
Take on a larger role: The shelter has an Evening Coordinator for each night who is responsible for ensuring that everything goes smoothly. We also have a pantry coordinator (who makes sure that supplies are in place every week) and a laundry coordinator. If you’re interested in helping with any of these roles, please contact email@example.com
CBE also supports CAMBA shelters at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue in the winter and at the Old First Reformed Church in the summer by providing meals and overnight volunteers.
Get In Touch
For more information about social justice at CBE or or to get involved, please contact: