Social Action Opportunities

Below is a list of Social Action projects and working groups for the coming year. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate and should contact the project leaders for details.

If you have any ideas for new projects or want to just get more involved, contact Carol Bloomberg  or Stuart Simon, Social Action co-chairs, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please Join Adat Shalom Members at These Upcoming Events

Feeding the Homeless
August 20 – 26, 2017
Rockville’s Women’s Homeless Shelter
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More information here.

Housing and Homelessness

Shepherds Table Brunch: Serve brunch to homeless individuals others in need. Second Sunday morning of every month. Volunteering at Shepherd's Table is a satisfying and spiritual activity, and it’s something that parents and teens can do together.
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Sukkot in Spring: Work with fellow Adat Shalom congregants over Sundays in the spring to repair the home of a lower-income family in Washington, DC.  The program provides a hands-on opportunity for congregants 14 years and older to make a lasting impact on a family, a home and even themselves.  No experience is necessary, just a big heart and helpful hands. 
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CBS Shelter: Prepare and serve meals for residents of a Rockville shelter.
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Christmas Dinner: Serve Christmas dinner at one of four DC homeless shelters in conjunction with members of Tifereth Israel. Donate apple or pumpkin pies for the dinner and/or toiletries. Dec. 25--two hour shifts. Children of all ages welcome.
Contact: Lisa Hack and Steve Harvey

Knit/Crochet Project: Several members of Adat Shalom  meet groups to knit or crochet blocks, which are joined together to make blankets of comfort or the Montgomery County shelter for victims of domestic abuse or violence. Newcomers are welcome to come or host meetings and donate yarn or blocks in the basket in Adat's lobby). 
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Hunger

Manna Food Center: Pack food boxes for needy families. Third Tuesday evening of each month, 7:00 PM (7:30 PM in the Summer)
To sign up, go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4AAAAE28AAFA7-manna

Can Jam: Contribute and/or deliver non-perishable food for those in need on the second Shabbat of each month.
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Rosh Hashanah and Passover Food Deliveries: Deliver holiday foods for those in the community who may have difficulty paying for the special foods associated with these celebrations.
Contact: Carol Bloomberg  or Stuart Simon, Social Action co-chairs, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Critical Issues Forum Food Stamp Project: Members of Adat Shalom, partnership with Temple Beth Ami's Critical Issues Forum (CIF) and with Mazon, the national Jewish hunger organization, undertake efforts to address food insecurity among seniors in Montgomery County, and across Maryland.  The specific goal being to increase the number of seniors enrolled in SNAP (food stamps) by simplifying the enrollment process. The CIF welcomes new participants at monthly at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville.
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Environment

Mishnah Garden:  Help plant and harvest produce from Adat Shalom’s organic garden for delivery to families in need. Harvests take place on Shabbat after the oneg, late Spring through early Fall. Additional garden work days are held on periodic Sundays throughout the year.
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See also the Green Tikkun and Eco-Justice pages on the website.

Missions

Haiti Service Mission: A group of Adat Shalomers led by Rabbi Schwarz visited Haiti for the third time in December 2014.  They contributed to the creation of new housing in the Leogane area, and helped Pastor Johnny Felix, Director of NICL, start construction on a new mess hall for the school's students.  The group also planted a vegetable garden that, in honor of Adat Shalom's support, is called Gan haMazon.  The Haiti Project provides critical ongoing financial support for NICL.
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For further information ot to make contributions, go to the Haiti page.

Domestic Service Mission: The Adat Shalom Summer 2017 Domestic Service Mission will take place at the Jug Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on the Patuxent River south of Annapolis on Saturday-Sunday, July 15-16.  The program, jointly sponsored by the Social Action and Green Tikkun Committees, will include a text study session, group dinner, restoration work at the Sanctuary, and a guided canoe trip through the Sanctuary.  If you want to participate, please click here and complete the sign-up form.
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Other Social Justice Projects

Preventing Gun Violence Working Group: Organize and participate in actions to advocate for reducing gun violence.
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Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG): This group works to improve inclusion of seniors and people with disabilities into all aspects of life at Adat Shalom.
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Montgomery County Student Service Learning (SSL) hours are available for all projects!

Social Action Opportunities

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Quick Links:

Can Jam

Manna