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- Martha Weiman

Social Action

Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World

BHC has a long history of social action and making a difference in the community. An energetic Social Action team participates in local community projects to help those in need, as well as in communities outside of Baltimore, such as working with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans.

Internally, BHC’s Green Team Task Force directs the “greening” of our Temple. BHC is dedicated to the principle of inclusion, whether it’s sharing experiences with the First Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church, inviting people with cognitive disabilities and their families for Shabbat worship and dinner, or hosting Sisterhood’s Annual Interfaith Institute. Our outreach activities provide a special welcome to interfaith families and those who have converted to Judaism.



In Baltimore and beyond, BHC is committed to making a difference.


Get involved with BHC's Social Action volunteer opportunities: 


The Chesapeake Habitat ReStore-Discount Home Improvement Center 

  • The Chesapeake Habitat ReStore-Discount Home Improvement Center is looking for donations, volunteers and customers. The ReStore is a great resource for Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity. One-hundred percent of the proceeds supports the work of the non-profit organization. Don't take that oddball piece of furniture or those old appliances to the dump; donate them to the Chesapeake Habitat ReStore. If you love Habitat but can't volunteer on the construction site, The ReStore, 505 Kane Street, is an excellent opportunity to volunteer. For more information visit www.baltimorerestore.org or call the donation line at 410-633-0506.

Food Drive

  • Every year, BHC puts together an important food drive for GEDCO Cares food pantry. The food drive collects canned food and other non-perishable items during the High Holy Days. In recent years, our drive has become 20% of GEDCO's annual supply.
Let's continue to tackle the issue of poverty and hunger in Maryland all year long! We will keep a bin at the Hoffberger Chapel entrance throughout the year for much needed food donations. For more information, contact Andy Wayne 410-764-1587, 246, or awayne@bhcong.org.

Our Daily Bread

  • Our Daily Bread needs your assistance. Casserole donations have been very low. They are in desperate need of more cooks to supply a simple recipe of barbecue chicken, essentially baked chicken with sauce. Pans are supplied as well as  the recipe, a guest favorite! To participate, contact Sally Palmbaum, 410-764-1587, ext. 225 or  spalmbaum@bhcong.org, or simply pick up the pans, recipe and schedule at the Temple Office. To download the recipe, click here.

Piece by Peace: Interfaith Build

  • Christian, Islamic and Jewish partners worked side by side for a year and a half designing and implementing the first ever Interfaith Build with Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity in building two homes in East Baltimore. BHC played an integral part in the success of this mission.  We will continue to be intentional about educating our partners about the three faiths.  And we will work side by side on Habitat houses, continuing to reach out in faith to the communities we serve. For more information on being a supporter of this exciting “put your faith into action” effort, contact Jayna Powell (410) 366-1250 or Jayna@chesapeakehfh.org.


  • This B'nai Mitzvah service learning program pairs BHC students with Jewish elderly at Weinberg Park Residential Living. Together we learn from each other while playing bing, puttin on a talent show and more. The program takes palce every Sunday over a period of two months in the spring. For more information contact Andy Wayne, 410-764-1587, ext. 246, or awayne@bhcong.org.


  • Consider providing transportation to BHC members who no longer drive, but who wish to attend BHC services and activities. As little as one ride to and from a service or activity to a fellow Congregant who lives in the area is all that is needed. There is no further commitment to provide ongoing rides. If you need transportation services, contact us at least 3 days prior to event to secure ride.To become involved with this Family Concerns project or to schedule transportation to an event, contact Sid Bravmann, 410-585-0009 or sidbrav@aol.com.