Ways to Support Our Community
There are many ways that you can help our community thrive and grow–but all it takes is your engaging with one project. If you can make just one contribution, something that suits your talents and interests and that fits the time you have to give, you will help us so much. Below is what we hope is an array of projects we would love help with. To learn the details, please contact our synagogue administrator at rachel @ bethaam.org. Or email us with your own idea.
We would love baking help! If you can make an extra tray of brownies (or buy an extra box of crackers), we will be be happy to serve your donation at the oneg (festive reception) after Friday night services. Food costs are a big part of our budget; your contribution helps both to make our congregants happy and to make ends meet.
Donate an oneg–to celebrate a joyous occasion, to remember a loved one, or just because. You can donate a whole oneg (by credit card) for $150, or contribute part of the cost of one, by completing this form, or you can bake and buy and bring the food in. You can also gather a team of friends or committee members to help share the cost and the love.
Greeting people is a great way to promote community (and support security) at Bet Ha’am. Think how much more relaxed you feel when someone invites you in, shows you where to hang your coat, maybe even hands you a prayer book open to the right page. Every Friday night and Saturday morning, we need greeters and ushers to make our community the most welcoming place it can be. You can sign up for just one service, one service each month, or whatever suits you and your schedule. We will provide a brief training phone call before your greet or usher for the first time.
It’s never too early to plan for a week without leavening–and specifically for our second night Passover seder. This evening of prayer, song, and celebration will fall on April 9 and we could use help with all aspects of the seder. Can you cook matzah balls for 100? Can you help us set up the tables? Serve soup? Wash dishes? Our synagogue administrator will make a orange-lemon almond torte for the first person to contact her.
Are you an expert at Salesforce? If you can help us make fields and reports, and even suggest things we haven’t thought of yet, we would love help. We’ve got the database, but we are barely using it because we don’t understand it and because it doesn’t reflect the community we are. This project can mostly be done from wherever you are, but a few in-office tutorials would be great.
The weekly email and bi-monthly Chadashot newsletter would be so much happier if they had a “look” of their own. If you are a designer and could help us a couple ideas and then some custom code to make it a reality, we’d be very grateful. This project would be mostly on your own time, though might include one or two phone (or in-person) meetings with our synagogue administrator.
“Clynk” for Bet Ha’am. Pick up a green Clynk bag in our lobby, fill it with your recyclable bottles and cans, and drop it off at any Clynk center (often at Hannaford’s). Over the past years, we have received over $800 in Clynk donations–that sound makes us happy.
Do you shop Amazon? If you do, please sign up for Smile and choose Bet Ha’am (of course!) as your charity. Once you are signed up, each time you make an AMAZON purchase, a portion of the price will go to Bet Ha’am. Another way to give through Amazon is to follow our Wish List (“Bet Ha’am.”) Any books purchased from it will go right to our library. Having current books makes the library a great resource for our community and for people interested in learning more about Judaism.
We have all read the stories about how plastic recycling does not work well any more. But we would still like to reduce the amount of trash we have at Bet Ha’am. We would love someone to help us create better systems for sorting our trash–and maybe even create a way to compost our own garden trimmings and food scraps.
We have the dates for our 2020 blood drives, but we need help asking people to donate. The American Red Cross sends us all the materials; we just need someone to engage our congregants and hang the flyers. You don’t have to donate blood yourself or even be here for the drive.
We are taking the great Bet Ha’am Census, but not everyone is so good a filling out online forms. If you can call a few people (you decide how many) and ask them to complete the form, or fill it out with them, that will help us refresh our database and learn how better to serve the community. This project can be done from home, from the lobby, from the supermarket parking lot–wherever you like to be.
Our gardens are beautiful–and grow better with your help. Please email garden @ bethaam.org if you are interested helping tend the gardens at any time during the season. You can volunteer as part of a team or work independently at your convenience; come regularly or once in a while; work in the sanctuary garden or maintain one of the smaller beds on our grounds; or help tend our raised beds which provide produce to Wayside Food Rescue. Some tasks take delicacy and patience, while others take muscle. Whether you know a lot about gardening or are a novice, we will greatly appreciate your putting your hands in the dirt. Garden committee members can instruct and guide your efforts.
Of course, you can always help out by donating. Below is our credit card donation form.