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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 and donations:
JF&CS Family Table
- all year

High Holy Days Food Drive - Yom Kippur

Pie and Tie Drive - Sunday before Thanksgiving

Holiday gift drive - December holidays


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.

Sat, January 25 2020 28 Tevet 5780