Social Action


Beth-El Zedeck worked on two homes with Habitat For Humanity
as part of their Interfaith Build in Fall, 2016

In keeping with the mitzvot of Tzedaka (sharing of resources) and G’milut Hasadim (deeds of lovingkindness), Congregation Beth-El Zedeck is continually working to help make our community a better place. Please join us! Listed below are a few of the many volunteer opportunities available. We invite you to fulfill mitzvot of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.

Kosher to Go
We offer Kosher meals Mondays and Wednesdays to homebound members of the Jewish community. If you know of anyone in need of this service, please contact the synagogue office. We are also always looking for volunteers to deliver meals monthly. Contact Jennifer Hodes at jhodes {at} bez613(.)org or 317-253-3441 to help out. This program is made possible through the Sidney Maurer Memorial Fund to Feed the Hungry.


Festival of Faiths
Sunday, October 15, 1:00 — 5:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Plaza & War Memorial
Recognize, highlight, and celebrate the diverse religious landscape in central Indiana.  The festival seeks to heighten awareness about the many religious congregations and communities that coexist in our city and state and to provide an opportunity to share and learn about each other’s traditions in a very open and public setting.


Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build
Sunday, October 29, 7:45 a.m.—2:30 p.m.
Beth-El Zedeck will join with other members of the local faith community to build two houses with Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity in 2017.  We have 7 volunteer slots to fill (ages 16+).  It’s a mitzvah opportunity to help provide shelter for two deserving families, make friends, and build community.  Watch the Besamim and email blasts for sign-up information.

Cathedral Soup Kitchen on Christmas Day
Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Indianapolis

For almost 30 years, Beth-El Zedeck congregants have organized volunteers to cook and serve meals on Christmas Day.  Volunteers prepare a full turkey dinner in their homes and spend Christmas Day at the Cathedral Soup Kitchen feeding those in need.  This example of Tikkun Olam also affords the priceless gift of family time on a special holiday to the regular kitchen workers and exemplifies our synagogue’s continued commitment to the welfare of Indianapolis.  Watch the Besamim, email blasts, and Shabbat announcement leaflets in November for information on how to get involved.  This program was the 2016 winner of JFGI’s Melvin Simon Tikkun Olam Award.


Kenya Carnival
Second Presbyterian Church (7700 N. Meridian)
Ken-Ya Help Us? is a youth-led interfaith organization focused on raising awareness and money for orphans and vulnerable children in the Chulaimbo region of western Kenya. Ken-Ya Help Us is kids helping and empowering kids on both sides of the Atlantic to be community leaders. They work with the Umoja Project of Global Interfaith Partnership, a coalition of interfaith congregations in Indiana in collaboration with congregations in Chulaimbo. They meet throughout the year raising funds and planning the Kenya Carnival, a day of learning and fun. For more information and to get involved, contact George Kelley at gkelley {at} bez613(.)org.


Circle City IN Pride Parade & Festival
June 2018
March with the Jewish community at this fun annual event and stay to enjoy the Festival and help out at the Jewish community booth.  Details TBA.


We are open to ideas for projects and can always use volunteers. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Jennifer Hodes at the synagogue office at

Thank you for making a difference. It’s a Mitzvah!


Faith Leaders at IHI Un Lunch 10-16-08