Social Action

Social Action

In keeping with the mitzvot of Tzedaka (sharing of resources) and G’milut Hasadim (deeds of lovingkindness), the SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE of 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.

Interfaith Hunger Initiative

In the fall of 2007 Jim Morris, freshly returned from five years as head of the World Food Program of the United Nations, called together about 20 Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders in Indianapolis. Jim had personally seen many hungry and starving children in places all around the world. He reminded us that all of our faith traditions encourage us to “feed the hungry,” and he encouraged us to work together to help feed hungry people in our community and around the world. Consequently, we began work on the Indianapolis Interfaith Hunger Initiative.  Additional information is available at  Please check back for upcoming events.

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 (jhodes {at} bez613(.)org) at the synagogue office to help out. This program is made possible through the Sidney Maurer Memorial Fund to Feed the Hungry.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Beth-El Zedeck will host a special Interfaith Thanksgiving Service sponsored by the Interfaith Hunger Initiative (IHI) of Indianapolis. Everyone is invited to attend as diverse people from different faiths across the north side of Indianapolis join together to give thanks for the harvest and help feed those who do not have the luxury of a bountiful Thanksgiving. Out guest speaker will be Bishop Christopher Coyne of Indianapolis. Please bring a canned food donation for Gleaners.

Tutoring at Fox Hill Elementary School

Here’s a wonderful opportunity to make an enormous positive impact on a child’s life, in just one hour a week, at Fox Hill Elementary School. Find out what a difference one hour can make! For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Hodes at jhodes {at} bez613(.)org or 317-253-3441.

Kenya Carnival
Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 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.
Our Social Action/Tikkun Olam Committee is 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