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Social Action Committee


Transitions: Gratitude, Introduction and Welcome

Bruce Berkowitz and Ellen Van Den Berg have led our Social Action Committee with passion, drive, and commitment for the last six years! They have spent countless hours of their own time working hard to emphasize Tikkun olam and to provide quality, lively, programming for our congregation and the larger community.  Both of them are stepping down at the end of December but will continue as active participants.  We will miss their humor, positivity, and creative energies. We are enormously grateful for their contributions.

Under their leadership you will remember powerful events about criminal justice reform, white supremacy, gun violence, homelessness, single payer health, money bail, fire recovery, and many more.

My name is Judy Kay and I will be trying to fill those 4 big shoes beginning in January 2021 as the new chairperson.  I would love to have your support and would like very much to know what you would like to see our committee pursue.  You can reach me at

Social Action Committee Accomplishments in 2020 – We still did a lot even with a pandemic!

  • January   Organize and Mobilize (with the congregation).
  • February   Bruce Berkowitz and Judy Kay went to Arizona with Swing Left and Indivisible canvassing door to door to register voters.
  • February   Committee members did door to door canvassing with NBOP
  • February    Presented Padi Selwyn, The End of the American Dream? (live event)
  • April -June     Several committee members working with The Religious Action Center of California met with various elected officials individually.  Jim Wood, Mike Maguire, Marc Levine, Cecelia Aguiar-Curry, and Bill Dodd talked with us about specific issues, answered questions, and all welcomed us to come back.
  • June     Sent letters of outrage to various organizations and politicians with regard to the mismanagement of the Covid Crisis at San Quentin.
  • August    We presented Dr. John Mihalik, M.D. on the Climate Crisis
  • July -August     Entire committee worked with Reclaim the Vote and Ner Shalom on postcard, phone banking, and texting campaigns prior to the November election. We made calls to almost everyone in our congregation.
  • September    Forum with Senator Mike Maguire on current topic
  • October    Proposition Forum prior to the November election.
  • December     Winter Clothing Drive for clients of Elisha’s Pantry.


Ongoing and Annual SAC Projects

Elisha’s Pantry

We partner with Christ United Methodist Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Church to distribute food every Thursday afternoon to residents in need from the local area.  The pantry which is at 1717 Yulupa Avenue is open on Thursday afternoons. To volunteer or learn more please contact Lien Cibulka,

Yom Hashoah

Every spring, the Social Action Committee hosts an observance of the Holocaust Day of Remembrance and invites the public to attend. A candle lighting ceremony remembers the six million Jews and others (Gypsy/Roma, LGBT, Righteous Gentiles, political prisoners, the disabled) who were killed by the Nazi regime. SAC also remembers victims of genocides in America, Armenia, Cambodia, Rwanda and Darfur, with candle lighters and speakers.

Rabbi Michael Robinson Memorial Lecture

This annual lecture honors CST’s founding rabbi, Michael Robinson. In honor of his inspirational social activism, we present speakers who share Rabbi Michael’s passion for human rights and social justice. 

Other Projects

Our Social Action Committee presents ongoing film events, forums, and panel discussions highlighting current issues. Past programs have addressed criminal justice reform, homelessness, election concerns, gun violence, money bail, immigration issues, the climate crisis and much more. If there is an issue of specific importance to you, please let our group know.

Social Action Resources

The Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, California is a valuable resource with up-to-date analyses of key social justice topics through a Jewish lens. The RAC also has action guides for urgent social issues specifically within our state.

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