Beth Emet - The Free Synagogue

Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

Through the generous commitment of many volunteers, the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen serves over 100 guests a nutritious dinner - one that we would be proud to serve our own families. Guests sit at linen-covered tables, and often enjoy live background music while they dine. Everyone receives a sack lunch to take with them when they leave so that they have a meal to eat the following day. 

The Soup Kitchen has been a "bridge of understanding" between the Beth Emet Jewish community and the many guests who dine with us each week. The Soup Kitchen truly brings to life the Jewish value of tikkun olam – repair of the world. Some volunteers purchase, prepare and serve the food while others set up the dining room. More volunteers wash the dishes and trays and clean the kitchen and dining room. It is a true team effort and a really rewarding experience for everyone!

Volunteer and/or Donate to the Soup Kitchen

The Soup Kitchen needs your time and talent to help prepare and serve meals, donate, non-perishable foods and supplies, or donate second-hand books to our patrons. 

Although each week's volunteers buy and bring most of the ingredients for the meal, there are many other costs associated with keeping the Soup Kitchen going year after year. These include staple supplies; maintenance; security; laundry; and food purchases. Your cash donation, in any amount, supports the soup kitchen's ongoing efforts and helps maintain the high-quality dining experience we provide. We are very grateful for the generosity and commitment of so many supporters in our community.

To volunteer, please contact e-mail the volunteer coordinator Susan Melczer.

Want to get involved but can't commit to three hours cooking and serving dinner on a Wednesday?

There are four other ways you can get help:

Join the Clean-Up Crew from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 pm. Experience is not necessary but you must be high school age or adult. For more information, email Leslie Shulruff.

Be part of the Security/Host team from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm. Once a month commitment preferred. To find out more, email Jeff Forgash.

Pick up a few Soup Kitchen supplies the next time you go to Costco, GFS, Sam's Club, or Jewel, Staples that help defray the cost of individual meals include: Ground coffee; salad dressing (Italian or Ranch); granola/cereal bars, or individually wrapped cookies; olive oil; Lipton tea bags; single-serve fruit cups; juice boxes; Prego or Ragu Marinara Sauce (large size); and Chinet or other heavy-duty 10-inch paper plates; and Brillo pads.

Save your plastic take-out containers so Soup Kitchen guests can take home leftovers. Drop off items in the Beth Emet Kitchen or in the Administrative office.

Thank you for supporting the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen!

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