At Congregation Beth Israel, our dedication to pursuing social justice comes from the Jewish value of tikkun olam – repairing the world.

Our Social Justice Committee encourages congregants to participate in Social Justice related projects and activities in and around our community. We draw upon the concept of tikkun olam (literally, “repair of the world”) to make a difference in our community of Greater Hartford and beyond.

We are always looking to provide congregants of all ages to opportunities to contribute to social justice projects. While some of these projects are coordinated directly through our Social Justice Committee, congregants are encouraged to take initiative and organize activities themselves.

Examples of past and ongoing projects include volunteering with Foodshare, preparing meals for soup kitchens on Martin Luther King Day, coordinating “mitzvah days” for our religious school students, and participating in the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s Children’s Reading Partners mentorship program.

Read the latest article from the Social Justice Committee in CBI’s July/August 2022 Bulletin

Learn more about our Anti-Racism Task Force.Black Lives Matter is a Jewish Value

Get Involved

Weekly and ongoing volunteer opportunities and drives to benefit those in need are included in our calendar at and weekly Chai Lights e-newsletter. To subscribe to Chai Lights, please email

One regular volunteer opportunity is our partnership with Loaves and Fishes‘ Soup Kitchen in Hartford. Volunteers cook a meal at CBI once a month and it is then delivered to Loaves and Fishes. Upcoming dates are:
Thursday, July 21 at 10:00am
Thursday, August 25 at 10:00am