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Social Action

At TBE we reach out to help heal the world (tikkun olom) through community support and social justice activities.

  • Ongoing programs include a High Holiday food drive to replenish local food pantries and Sunday dinners at the River Street Shelter.
  • COPA: By our participation in Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action we are a leading institution in Faith-Based Community Organizing, working to identify social justice issues, such as affordable housing, and improve our wider community through interfaith efforts.
  • Out In Our Faith: TBE is a founding member of Out In Our Faith, a coalition of faith communities whose mission is to promote the full inclusion of LGBT families, couples and individuals. 
  • RAC and Reform CA: The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) educates and mobilizes the American Jewish community on legislative and social concerns as an advocate in Congress on issues ranging from Israel and international religious freedom to economic justice and civil rights, to international peace and religious liberty.
  • We also host informational programs on a variety of topics including healthcare, the environment and human rights.  

We invite you to join us. 

   The Temple Beth El Board of Directors
   adopted an Environmental Policy.

       Read it here.

Upcoming Action

How Can I Help!?! Arizona Voter Registration


Just like many of you, we see ourselves in a community where we have a voice and can exercise that voice by voting. When Eddie, the staff person at Phoenix, Arizona Jews for Justice, was asked, “What can we do from Santa Cruz to support your efforts to empower citizens and help new immigrants?” His answer was, “Help us register voters!” Arizona is a state where there are too many people who are not registered, and their voices are therefore not heard. Arizona Jews for Justice is mounting a large voter registration campaign in January and February. Their focus is the Indigenous people’s reservations as well as neighborhoods where there is low voter registration.

February 14‒16 is the time Eddie and the community can use our help. We will leave here on February 13, spend the night on the road, and arrive the next morning. We leave Arizona Sunday night and arrive back home Monday. Gus Gold is willing to drive the temple van which means that 14 of us can go together. Some of you might want to join the effort but would rather fly to Phoenix. We could meet you there. Eddie will take care of all of the arrangements and transportation while in Arizona.

Hopefully there are others who feel they can devote the days to join in this important effort to encourage others to make their voices heard! Contact Wilma Gold at (831) 345-2742 to join the effort or if you have questions.

Download this information here.


Thu, February 20 2020 25 Sh'vat 5780