The mission of the Social Action Committee is to provide Adat Shalom members with individual and communal opportunities to practice the Jewish teaching of tikkun olam, repair of the world. We provide support to members as they pursue their goals, both locally and beyond, to create a more just world.
While many Adat Shalom members already participate in social action through their professional and personal pursuits, the Social Action Committee offers additional and unique options for congregants, including opportunities for Adat Shalom members to come together as a community to perform tikkun olam.
The Social Action Committee has had a busy and vibrant series of meetings on several fronts. Our goals are:
1) To propose a plan to the Board of Directors to improve the process for launching new SA projects and to reenergize existing projects. The Committee is designing a survey for the congregation to gather data on members’ priorities.
2) To bring to the congregation in one place a listing of the myriad community activities, actions, and initiatives that have been launched in response to the changing political environment
3) To advance the goals in the Strategic Plan for joining forces with other Jewish, interfaith, and community groups at work on the many issues confronting us.
The committee on refugee issues has been working with HIAS and Lutheran Social Services to prepare for sponsoring a refugee family and learn about advocacy options.
Here is a list of upcoming community events.
Social Action Priorities
Adat Shalom and its members pursue social action activities in a variety of ways, from one-time educational programs to ongoing hands-on volunteer activities. Some of our work occurs within the congregation, but we also regularly partner with other organizations. As a congregation, we work on some specific issues, such as preventing gun violence, and much of our work addresses aspects of poverty. Here are a few examples of Adat Shalom social action efforts:
Refugee Issues: Adat Shalom’s Refugee Response Group is working with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) and Lutheran Social Services (LSS)--the refugee resettlement agency in the D.C. area that HIAS works with--to sponsor a refugee family. We have made a 6-month commitment to a family that LSS will assign to us. Our commitment involves donating furniture and household goods for the apartment in which the family will live; welcoming the family at the airport; and providing support in areas such as English conversation, employment, access to health services, and transportation. While we await a family, we are working with HIAS on opportunities to advocate on behalf of refugees.
Housing and Homelessness: A crew of Adat Shalom members have taken up hammers and other tools to help a low-income individual or family make much-needed renovations to their home through Yachad's "Sukkot in Spring" program. See pictures of previous Sukkot in Spring projects.We also provide a full week of meals in late summer to the residents of a shelter.
Hunger: Every month, a crew of Adat Shalom members helps pack boxes for families in need at the Manna Food Center. We also collect non-perishable food at our annual Kol Nidre food drive and deliver holiday baskets to needy Jewish families in time for Passover and the High Holidays.
Environment: Adat Shalom’s efforts to preserve the environment our front door with the Mishnah Garden, and also include educational and hands-on environmental action events for the whole family. In 2015, the Adat Shalom Board approved the Green Tikkun committee to oversee these issues.
International Aid: Adat Shalom has a continuing partnership with a school and community center in Haiti. Through our Haiti project we raise money to support the school, and groups of members have visited several times and helped with hands-on projects there.
Social Action Opportunities