The Prophet Isaiah reminds us that part of our mission, as Messianic Jews, is to “Learn to do good! Seek justice, relieve the oppressed, defend orphans, plead for the widow" (Isa 1:17)
At Congregation Beth Messiah, these are more than words – they are a call to action.
Throughout the year, we provide a variety of ways for our members to get involved in our work of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). Below is a list of our current Social Justice initiatives. If you would like more information about joining or taking part in any of these events, please contact the offices of Beth Messiah.
Current Tikkun Olam Initiatives
The Mitzvah Ministry (Bridge Ministry) takes Mathew 25:35 as a call to action ".... For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat." We have linked up with 1000 Hills Ministry which is a ministry that brings the message of Yeshua and feeds the homeless morning and evening every day. On the first Sunday of every month, we prepare a hearty soup and rice meal for around 100 people and go downtown to bring a message of hope, worship, food, socks and toiletries to the homeless. If you would like to serve in any capacity (cooking, bringing the message, serving, prior food preparation), please email Rainor Coring at email@example.com. It is a blessing and privilege to help those in need.
Mitzvah Day 2015
Ministry Proposal Start Time: Sunday, September 20th, 2015.
Although we know that every day provides opportunities to do a mitzvah (good deed, or helping those in need), Beth Messiah will set aside one day each year for our members to join together en masse to do important work throughout our city.
We will conduct the Mitzvah Day on the Sunday that occurs between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, during the Days of Awe, the period of time designed to bring about both personal and collective change and renewal. At this time we are filled with optimism about the coming year, and we embrace the idea of a universe ruled by a compassionate G-d. We are also aware that our world is in need of growth and improvement. This Mitzvah Day during the Days of Awe will remind us of our obligation “to do and seek justice” in the coming year and also to reflect on opportunities missed to do the same.
Mitzvah Day is a huge project, which will bear tremendous fruit for the Kingdom of G-d. It requires a high level of organization and volunteer commitment. So we are grateful for all those who will join with us in this upcoming project.
The Source for Women
The Source for Women promotes health and wellness by delivering holistic reproductive healthcare services and support to the women of Houston. On a regular basis our youth group helps the Source for Women by organizing their storage room, photographing old furniture and decor to put on Craigslist and organizing bundles for young women and expectant mothers. Please contact Michael Vowell firstname.lastname@example.org.