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Social Action

Social Action at Temple Shalom is about living the Jewish value of  Tikkun Olam—Repairing the World

“You too must befriend the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” – Deuteronomy 10.19

With over 65 million displaced people worldwide, many of us feel helpless. We think of Abraham inviting the strangers into his tent, and hear that call. We hear Isaac imploring our people to let the oppressed go free, to share our bread with the hungry, to take the poor into our homes.
At Temple Shalom, we are heeding the call by providing housing for two Syrian refugee families for a year. We will be working with Jewish Family Services of Metrowest under the guidance of HIAS to do this work, joining other congregations in the Boston area to respond to this need.

Join our efforts!

We create opportunities for our congregants to make the world a better place with social action and social justice initiatives. Through this work, we build meaningful relationships both within our Temple community and in the wider Boston and global communities. Our programs and activities are open to all—young children, teens and adults who want to get involved for one hour, one project or on an ongoing basis.
We welcome new ideas, new participants, new leaders, and new suggestions.

Take Action through Direct Service Work

Drives & Donations:
JF&CS Family Table
All year.

High Holiday Food Drive
Yom Kippur

Pie and Tie Drive
Sunday before Thansgiving

Holiday Gift Drive
December holidays.

Mitzvah Mall
A unique opportunity to purchase thoughtful holiday gifts through small contributions to nonprofit and charitable organizations. Sunday in November.

Past events:
IsraAID official speaks at Temple Shalom
Monday, February 13, 2017

IsraAID Development Director Yotam Polizer spoke about the Israeli humanitarian group’s efforts. Polizer has led a mission to Lesvos, Greece to support Syrian efforts and worked with Ebola survivors in West Africa. IsraAID is a non-government social service organization founded in Israel in 2001.

Take a Stand for Social Justice

Community Organizing
Ani v’Atah and GBIO (The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization) are focused on changing zoning laws in Newton to allow for more affordable housing and a more diverse community.

Policy Issues
Temple Shalom stands with the issues and policies of the RAC (Religious Action Center). To learn more about where Reform Judaism stands on more than 70 issues, visit the
RAC’s website.

Environmental Issues
Temple Shalom cares about the earth.
Click here for
environmental action tips and articles compiled by our former Environmental Action Group.

Sat, October 21 2017 1 Cheshvan 5778