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Social Action


Our congregation participates in a wide array of projects to benefit the community.  Whether cooking food for our local soup kitchen, participating in a work day for Habitat for Humanity, or sponsoring a lecture on an important social issue, our Temple is committed to making a difference in our community through many social action initiatives.  Projects include:

Our Berkshires' Bounty

Under the aegis of the Red Cross and staffed by volunteers, Bounty has been collecting and delivering surplus food to meal sites in Pittsfield.  A founding member of Bounty, the Temple provides volunteer drivers to pick up donated food from local retailers and deliver it to assigned meal sites.  You can make a contribution to this effort and help the community.  To learn more contact the Temple office at (413) 442-5910.

Soup Kitchen Preparation

  Our Temple has maintained a commitment to prepare food to be served at our local soup kitchen.  Our group, led by Dr. Joel and Sue Colker, meet on Sunday mornings four times a year in our kitchen to prepare meals to be served the next evening.


More participation in cooking and preparation for delivery is always needed.  To learn more, contact the Temple office at (413) 442-5910.

PFTY HIgh Holiday Food Drive

Each year for many years, the Pittsfield Federation of Temple Youth has used the High Holy Days as an opportunity to give back to the community by collecting non-perishable food items to be delivered to local food pantries.

Your donation of food is a mitzvah to help those who are in need of food during difficult times.

Community Crib

Jumpstarted by Temple Youth Director Rachel Alemany, our annual Community Crib has evolved into a generous, charitable way of making the holidays of those less fortunate more enjoyable.

During each holiday season, a crib is placed in the foyer of the Temple, and Temple members are encouraged to contribute items for young children and parents.  During our annual Chanukah Dinner and party, members of PFTY wrap these gifts and deliver them to local agencies who deliver them to people in need.

Holiday and Winter Drives

Starting with Thanksgiving, the Temple has participated with 18 other faith-based organizations to collect and distribute food.  Thanksgiving Angels provides a full meal of food to families who would otherwise not be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.

During Winter, the Temple collects warm clothing to make available to those in need through the Christian Center and Berkshire Community Action Council.  Also, the Temple participates in "Coins for Fuel", collecting funds to provide to the Berkshire Action Council for their fuel assistance program.

For more information on any of these projects, or to find out how to get involved with one or more of our social action projects, please contact the Temple office at (413) 442-5910, or Email us at

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