Tikkun (Social Action)

From its inception, B’nai Tzedek has endeavored to put into action the words “Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof” (Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue)  through activities within our synagogue and throughout the community. There are  mitzvah opportunities for everyone, from the youngest preschooler to adults.

Please, please get involved. Social Action is a large part of  what makes us Jewish; it ties us to our community and gives us the opportunity  to practice mitzvot on an ongoing basis. We are looking for interested parties  to join our committee to help organize and run specific events. If  you have a passion for doing good work for the less fortunate in our society,  this is the place for you! Please let us know if you are interested.

Relay for Life 2017

WHEN: April 29th at 11:00am through April 30th at 9:00am

WHERE:  1050 Arlington Drive, Costa Mesa, CA (Davis Magnet High School); CLICK HERE for a Map.

As we get closer to the date, please check our Facebook page.

CLICK HERE for our Fundraising Page.

2/26         Team Meeting for Team Chai. 10:00am at CBT.
3/7           Event Leadership Team Meeting @ Schneider Electric 6PM
BOLO      Be on the lookout in the March Bulletin! Team shirts are coming soon!
5K Fun Run Fundraiser – February 4th

Fountain Valley Community Foundation Fit Body Boot Camp is having a 5k Fun Run! This family friendly and fun run will be held on February 4th at the FV Recreation Center and Sports Park (in Mile Square Park). Registration is $30 but $25 will go towards your Relay fundraising. Just select Relay For Life-ACS when registering. http://fvcommunityfoundation.org/

(I have not been able to confirm if this will count towards your personal fundraising goal or the event goal as a whole)

Be On The Lookout! T-Shirts are coming soon!
There will be an option for online purchase as well as an offline order form for cash and check payments. Shirts will be $25 each in men’s, women’s and youth sizes. A portion of the purchase cost will be donated to the team’s fundraising page. As an added bonus, there will be a free lunch at Relay for those that wear their new Team Chai T-Shirt. A follow up email announcing the purchase window will go out when the fundraiser goes live.

Mitzvah Day 2016

Mitzvah Day 2016 will be Sunday, April 10, 2016. It is CBT’s biggest event each year. Come join us (member or not) to help others not as fortunate as we may be. 

Click Here for the Flyer. 

Registration will open soon. Please visit this page in the next weeks for a link to registration. 

 Past Mitzvah Day Events

mitzvah4     Ella Mitzvah day

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Gift of Life (Yom Kippur 2015)


CBT partnered with Gift of Life in 2015 to help those needing bone marrow transplants. By taking 30 seconds from their day, members added to the Registry for bone marrow matches.

Walk to End Genocide – April 6, 2014

Walk end genocide

It’s not just a Walk- it’s a Celebration of our community of conscience!

The Walk to End Genocide raises awareness and funds to provide vital resources for those suffering from the horrors of genocide. With your help, we will raise thousands of dollars to help realize a better future for people around the world suffering human rights abuses.


Anyone and everyone can help! Join or start a walk team, walk as an individual, make a donation, volunteer or become a sponsor! There is no fitness requirement for this family-friendly walk, so everyone can participate.

When/where: Sunday, April 6, 2014, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Mile Square Park (Starts at the Great Lawn off Brookhurst) – this time allows the most number of families with religious school-aged children to participate. Click Here for a map.

How to register or donate:  Go to www.walktoendgenocide.org page. Click on the Orange County Event. On the left, click on Find a Team. Click on  Congregation B’nai Tzedek.  From here, you can click on “Join the Team” or “Give Here” to donate.  All of the information is on this website about the costs of registering at various ages, but a tee-shirt is included.  CBT’s team fundraising goal is $1,800.  The captain of the CBT team is Eve Gumpel.  Contact her with any questions at egumpel@att.net.


Yom Kippur Food Drive and Year-round Food Collection

Feeding the hungry on a day we fast has become a Yom Kippur tradition at Congregation B’nai Tzedek.  Everyone who attends our High Holy Day services is asked to bring canned or boxed goods to help replenish the food pantry of Families Forward.  On a year-round basis, we collect canned and boxed food in the wooden cabinet found in the lobby for Share Ourselves.  These organizations are an important source of food for Orange County’s needy.


CBT Stitchers

This knitting/crocheting/quilting  group makes needed items for hospice patients, children, and premature babies.  Instruction is given to those unfamiliar with the craft or project. Projects can  be done at home and dropped off at the shul for delivery to the organizations  served which includes the Veterans’ Administration Hospital, Neo-Natal hospital  units, and Hospice organizations. Contact the CBT Office for more information at info@cbtfv.org.


Annual Blood Drive

B’nai Tzedek’s Social Action Committee, in cooperation with the American Red Cross, hold an annual blood drive at Congregation B’nai Tzedek.
Those who are able to participate are truly giving the gift of life. It  takes about 30 minutes to donate, and those over the age of 18 are eligible.
As many donations as possible are needed each year as the Red Cross has a great need for blood. Consider donating, even if you never have before. It  takes so little time and helps so many people. • Donate while the kids are in Religious School • Donate on your way to the bagel shop • Donate on  your way to visit a friend (better yet, have your friend meet you at the  synagogue and donate together!) • Donate just because it’s a mitzvah!
Contact the Shelli Halprin for more information.