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Social Action (Tikkun Olam)

Tikkun Olam - Repairing the World. For 2019-2020, the CBSW Tikkun Olam team will be focusing its efforts on combating hunger in Montgomery County. After discussing both existing needs and capabilities with the leader of Montgomery County Food Bank, the steering committee agreed to collaborate closely with them as our primary Tikkun Olam partner. If you would like to review more detailed documents from the Montgomery County Food Bank please contact Brian Andes for an excellent presentation of how the Montgomery County Food Bank serves the community and importantly, the volume of those in need.


We will be focusing on three areas:  Food, Money  and People. You will find that some of the activities CBSW has been conducting for years while others are new. Our request is that every ask, "How can I help?"  Our team has developed a collection of activities that span the congregation in terms of both age and personal interest. Which makes of these makes sense for you, your family, and friends? Take a look.


If you'd like to be a part of the planning for either individual activities or overall direction, the Tikkun Olam team meets the third Monday of every month in the Social Hall at 7:00 PM.  Please join us! If you're allergic to meetings but would like to participate in individual activities, please let either of us know.


Carl Wetchter and Brian Andes, Co-chairs

Email Carl HERE or Brian HERE  


Every year on Rosh Hashanah, the WoodSY youth group distributes grocery bags to the congregation to fill and return on Yom Kippur, which Woodsy then brings to the Interfaith Food Pantry.









This year the money CBSW collects as Tzedakah will go to the Montgomery County Food Bank to purchase food for the hungry. Money can be inserted in the CBSW Tzedekah box outside the sanctuary (your kids are already doing this on Sunday mornings!), by dropping a check in the office, or by clicking “Donate” on the upper right of this page. After clicking the link, please select “Social Action” at the bottom of the donation list under “Type.”

Remember: Each $1 buys 5 meals for the hungry!



 On the First Friday of every month, we partner with Hindu Temple of The Woodlands, to sort and box fruit & vegetables for the hungry at Montgomery County Food Bank. We need to fill 15-20 spots each month to fulfill our commitment. Click here to register and then sign up for specific available dates:


As well, click the link below if you can’t join our First Friday sessions but still want to help at the Food Bank at times that work better for you:

As of 11/30/19, WoodSY collected 60 bags (630 lbs.) of groceries for the Interfaith Food Pantry at the High Holidays.  

In November, ten bags of food & cleaning supplies for those adversely affected by Imelda were collected by CBSW, which then distributed them through the Montgomery County Food Bank.

On January 3, the 22 Food Bank participants from CBSW and the Hindu Temple of The Woodlands boxed 3,800 lbs. of groceries, which will will provide the hungry with 3,100 meals.

As of 01/31/20, CBSW has donated a total of $375 in Tzedakah, which has bought 1,875 meals for the hungry in Montgomery County.


In January, an additional $37 was donated to the Food Bank by C BSW as 10% of the proceeds from the lunch/dialogue with the Islamic Center of The Woodlands on 1/29/20.

As of 01/31/20, our members have volunteered 138 hours of their time at the Montgomery County Food Bank to sort and box food for the hungry.   


Congregation Beth Shalom of The Woodlands is a proud founding member congregation of Interfaith of The Woodlands. Fulfilling the vision of "building a more loving and caring community through service," Interfaith helps individuals and families in crisis through financial assistance and offers counseling referral, job training, and child care. There are many opportunities for volunteer service throughout the year. 

Fri, September 24 2021 18 Tishrei 5782