Social Action

Project Isaiah High Holy Days Food Drive

by Lynn Crocker on July 29, 2019

Project Isaiah High Holy Days Food Drive High Holy Days community-wide food drive that provides nutritious, non-perishable food for those in need. Collection bags will be handed out on erev Rosh Hashanah. Most needed items: Meals in a can (soup, stew, chili) Tuna or canned chicken Peanut butter Canned foods with pop-top lids Canned fruit in its own juice or... Read more »

Blood Drive

by Lynn Crocker on July 16, 2019

Blood Drive Thursday, August 29, 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. Not everyone can give blood. Please donate your blood, if you can. There are little gifts, and it’s a mitzvah. Drop-ins welcome, but making an appointment is even better. Mark your calendars! Make an appointment online or call 650-723-7831; use sponsor code 0722.... Read more »

Tikkun Olam Team Meeting (offsite)

by Lynn Crocker on June 6, 2019

Tikkun Olam Team Meeting (offsite) Wednesday, June 26, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. We will be planning and evaluating the new Tikkun Olam Team program. All are welcome to give input and participate! Email for the location of the meeting.... Read more »

613 on 6/13 Mitzvah Event

by Lynn Crocker on June 2, 2019

613 on 6/13  Thursday, June 13, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. It’s the right time to do a mitzvah or twoJoin the Tikkun Olam Team (TOT) as we kick off the first annual 613 on 6/13!!  We will be making and bagging PB&J sandwiches and packing toiletries into bags for the residents of Safe Park. Why 6/13? In our religion, six hundred thirteen... Read more »

Social Action: AAi Cook & Serve – June 16

by Lynn Crocker on May 28, 2019

CBD Social Action Presents: Jews, Christians and Muslims unite to serve the poor!  Sunday, June 16 1:30  – 6:00 p.m. TOT (Tikkun Olam Team) invites you to join us for our 6th Schmooze, Cook and Serve event through AAi.  Abrahamic Alliance International brings a Jewish, Muslim and Christian group together to engage in their common interest of serving the hungry... Read more »

Toiletries Needed for Tikkun Olam Project

by Lynn Crocker on May 23, 2019

Toiletries Needed for Tikkun Olam Project Please collect your unopened hotel toiletries and bring them to the office for an upcoming project on June 13th. Clean out your closets while doing good!! Be sure to save the date and plan to join us on Thursday, June 13, after Minyan (approx 7:30 p.m.) for the first 613 event. You too can... Read more »

SafePark – Volunteers Needed

by Lynn Crocker on May 6, 2019

SafePark Program SafePark is a program that allows homeless people, including students at our local colleges, to park their cars safely overnight so that they can get some sleep without the threat of theft or violence.  For the month of June, Congregation Beth David will be co-hosting SafePark at Westhope Presbyterian Church (corner of Saratoga Ave and Cox in Saratoga). ... Read more »

Passover Food Drive 5779

by Lynn Crocker on March 27, 2019

Help JFS Bag Hunger! Grab a Tag & Fill a Passover Bag! Look for the board in the Mercaz. Grab a tag and fill a Passover bag. Return your donation to JFS. Food Drive runs March 29 – April 16. View Flyer Free Families From Hunger this Passover! We need: Gefilte Fish Grape Juice Horseradish Jam Macaroons Matzah Matzah Ball... Read more »

Mitzvah Day – January 27th

by Lynn Crocker on December 6, 2018

Mitzvah Day  Sunday, January 27 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. View Schedule Details All are welcome to join with other members of our community to participate in various social action projects at CBD and offsite for our annual Mitzvah Day. No need to sign up in advance. Simply show up and join with like minded people to help and serve... Read more »

Prepare Christmas Eve Dinner  for the Homeless

by Lynn Crocker on November 29, 2018

Prepare Christmas Eve Dinner  for the Homeless Monday, December 24th  A few volunteers are needed to help prep and serve food to several hundred homeless at the CBD Annual Christmas Eve dinner project at the HomeFirst Shelter on Old Orchard in SJ.   Hours 3:30- 6pm Dec 24. If you are interested, email Judy Levin. Donations to buy supplies are greatly... Read more »

Gift Card Donations for Fire Victims

by Lynn Crocker on November 15, 2018

Gift Card Donations for Fire Victims Social action is collecting gift cards to major retailer and grocers such as Target, Safeway and Luckys. Please drop off gift cards ONLY to the CBD office. DO NOT bring donations of food, clothing, toiletries or other items.... Read more »

Donations of “Hotel Size” Toiletries Needed

by Lynn Crocker on September 27, 2018

Donations of “Hotel Size” Toiletries Needed CBD Teens are collecting “hotel size” shampoo/conditions, soap, shaving cream and other toiltries for the homeless. Please email Bonnie Slavitt for information about where and when to dop off donations.... Read more »
Volunteer Needs at Jewish Family Services – help others in our community During this time of the year, enrich your life and the life of others.  As the Torah instructs, you can welcome the stranger or support the frail and isolated. Refugee Mentors support refugees by driving them to appointments, filling out applications and helping with their acculturation.  Consider being... Read more »

Strengthening the Relationship with Israel – January 7

by Lynn Crocker on December 24, 2017

Strengthening the Relationship with Israel  Presented by Dumisani Washington of Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel Sunday, January 7th at 11:00am Part of Social Awareness Day How to strengthen the relationship between Israel, the Jewish people and people of African descent through education and advocacy. Dumisani Washington is a pastor, composer, author and music teacher in Northern California. He is... Read more »

Social Awareness Day – January 7

by Lynn Crocker on November 8, 2017

Social Awareness Day Sunday, January 7th We have a two fantastic opportunities This is Hunger Mobile Exhibit: Get to know the faces of hunger in the U.S. Open from 9:00am – 4:00pm Sign up for a tour This is Hunger is a high-impact, experiential installation on wheels! It takes participants on a voyage of awareness and activism to help them... Read more »

Tikkun Olam Action Day – April 30th

by Lynn Crocker on April 6, 2017

Tikkun Olam Action Day  A mitzvah/earth day fusion to actively do tikkun olam (repair the world) Sunday, April 30th 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Join us before the planned activities for two special guest speakers. Bagels, juice and coffee – served during the sessions 10:00 -10:30 a.m. Session 1 Water  Eric Rosenblum will speak on: “There is no water to drink” from the... Read more »

Social Action Committee Meeting – February 19, 2017

by Lynn Crocker on February 16, 2017

Social Action Committee Meeting Sunday, February 19th 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. All CBD members are welcome to attend and help us plan social action activities for the congregation.... Read more »

Kehilla Kollection

by Lynn Crocker on February 2, 2017

Kehilla Kollection During the month of March we are collecting socks of all sizes. Please drop donations at the Mitzvah Corner just inside the front doors!... Read more »

Servers Needed for Annual Christmas Eve Dinner

by Lynn Crocker on December 8, 2016

Servers Needed for Annual Christmas Eve Dinner at the HomeFirst Shelter in San Jose Sunday, December 24th, 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. Please email Judy Levin at  if you are interested. Volunteers need to be 12 years or older.... Read more »

Social Action Committee Meeting

by Lynn Crocker on November 30, 2016

Social Action Committee Meeting Wednesday, December 14th, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Commit yourself to being a part of Beth David’s expanded Social Action outreach effort! Food for the hungry, cooperation with other religious communities, Mitzvah Day, Gifts for those in need, supplies for the homeless, and more!!!! Come to the meeting and see how you can help.... Read more »

Warm Coat and Clothing Collection and Give Away

by Lynn Crocker on November 1, 2016

We are collecting warm coats and clothing to keep San Jose folks in need warm this winter What can you do? Sort through your closet and look for clean, gently used warm winter items Buy gently used items at thrift stores such as Goodwill, Salvation Army and Savers. Buy new jackets/coats/heavy sweaters. We invite all in the Jewish Community and... Read more »

Post Kiddush Mitzvah Hour -February 11, 2017

by Lynn Crocker on October 20, 2016

Post Kiddush Mitzvah Hour Saturday, February 11th 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Join us for a bit of Shabbes social action right after Kiddush lunch! Email... Read more »
Volunteering at Second Harvest Orientation Tuesday August 9, 2016, 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Second Harvest Food Bank needs your help! Join us at CBD and learn how you can support our community by volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank. There are one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities for a variety of jobs. Age 16+ only... Read more »

Rotating Shelter – Sign Up to Help

by Lynn Crocker on May 11, 2016

CBD is Pleased to Once Again Host The Faith in Action Rotating Shelter May 27th—June 24th – Volunteers Needed! During the month we will host 11 carefully screened, drug and alcohol free single men in one of our portables. The program provides the men with all the items needed to make themselves at home in their temporary shelter: cots, bedding,... Read more »

Guadalupe Creek Clean-up – May 22nd

by Philip Ohriner on May 3, 2016

Guadalupe Creek Clean-up Sunday, May 22nd 1:30 – 3:00pm Do an environmental mitzvah! Help remove litter from Guadalupe Creek. All ages welcome! RSVP... Read more »