Social Action/Tikkun Olam

Congregation Etz Hayim pursues the ideals of Tikkun Olam—repair of the world. To this end we strive, both as individuals and as an organization, to be an asset to the Arlington community and beyond. Students in our religious school volunteer throughout the community and contribute financially to their chosen recipients as part of the curriculum.

Our congregation’s ongoing commitments include a partnership with Doorways for Women, collecting food for distribution to the Arlington Food Assistance Center, joining in and hosting interfaith services, visiting senior housing residents and hospital patients, and participation in an annual Sukkot in Spring along with other Jewish congregations in the area.

CEH at CUMC soup kitchen NYE 2015

Many of our congregants are active volunteers and we welcome the opportunity to
join their efforts. For a small community, we have a significant impact. We have held blood drives, hosted debates on local issues, cleaned up parks, responded to the need for funds to build schools in Liberia, and much more.

Our services and holiday celebrations are open to all, regardless of one’s financial means. Our Musical Shabbat services, Purim Carnival, Simchat Torah Klezmer celebration, and High Holiday services are just some of the year’s highlights for our congregation. We welcome you to join in our observance and celebration.

The Social Action Committee was created by Rabbi Lia Bass in order to bring together and coordinate all the various “social action” activities which Congregation Etz Hayim participates in every year.

Activities under this committee’s umbrella include:

Sukkot in Spring (also known as Rebuilding Together)

Our year-round food drive for AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Center)

Partnership with Doorways for Women and Families

Partnership with Bridges to Independence