B’nai Portland believes in coming together to help others in need. We strive to be a pillar in the Portland community for social justice, standing for racial equality, same-sex and sexual identity freedoms, and other justice concerns. We are always on the lookout for additional social action efforts in which we can assist. B’nai Portland takes pride in our social action and justice work, which we see as Tikkun Olam—our Jewish imperative to repair the world—and we hope that you will join the cause.
The Hebrew School students are encouraged to give tzedakah money throughout the school year. It doesn’t matter how much they bring, it’s that they bring. Watching the money pail fill up as the year progresses excites the kids. At the end of each year those who participate get to vote on 2 charities that will share the year’s donations. In the past B’nai Portland has donated to:
- Shabbat and High Holy Day food drives
- The Locker Project, whose mission is to connect food-insecure children in Maine with nourishing food to improve their learning.
- The Center for Grieving Children, providing loving support that encourages the safe expression of grief and loss and fosters each individual’s resilience and emotional well-being.
- Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital
- Portland Animal Emergency Clinic
- Meals on Wheels
- Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
- Families have contributed non-perishable food items to organizations like The Locker Project throughout the year and during High holiday giving drives.
- Students have made blankets for seniors and donated them to The Cedars.
- On a recent Friday Night service underwear and socks were collected for a teen boys shelter in Portland.