Social Action

The mission of Rodef Sholom’s Social Action Committee is to make Judaism’s commitment to the principles of Tikkun Olam an integral part of everyday life within the congregation. We connect with each other through social action. The committee organizes projects and events that educate the congregation and provide meaningful experiences through which we can repair our world on many levels.

️ Shavuot and Social Action

Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, marking the covenant between God and the Jewish people. The period of the Omer and Shavuot itself are times to prepare for and relive this revelation, emphasizing re-engagement with the Torah, which focuses on establishing justice.

Shavuot offers a chance to recommit to *tikkun olam* (repairing the world) through social action. Here are suggested activities:

1. Racial Justice: Use Shavuot as a time to study racial justice, elevate stories of Jews of Color, and engage with antiracism resources.

2.  Feeding the Hungry: Fulfill biblical commandments by preparing food for those in need, donating nonperishables, or volunteering at local food pantries.

3. Contributing items to our Charity Collections: Gather items like canned goods, new socks, school supplies, or toiletries as donations for shelters or other nonprofits.

4. Tutoring: Commit to tutoring underserved children, enhancing their education and helping break the cycle of poverty, either in-person or online.

5. Beautifying the Area: Decorate homes and synagogues with flowers, work in community gardens, participate in park clean-ups, and advocate for environmental protection.

These activities reflect the values of love, justice, and compassion central to the Torah, making Shavuot a time to enhance community and uphold Jewish principles.

(This was summarized by ChatGPT from A Shavuot Social Action Guide)

 

Support Mia’s Mitzvah Book Drive

Our upcoming Bat Mitzvah, Mia Green, is conducting a book drive for Poquoson Primary preschool classes. She’s collecting new or gently used board books or other books appropriate for preschool students. Bring your books to RST or call 571-269-1590 for pick-up and support Mia as she helps get more books into the hands of Poquoson Preschool kids!

 Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition

Rodef Sholom Temple is officially part of the Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition! “The Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition is a network of Jewish community organizations who recognize the existential threat and moral urgency of climate change and commit to take action.” Here’s a short video with about this program periodically.

 

Toiletries Donations Requested

The Social Action Committee is collecting toiletries  (feminine hygiene products, shampoo, soaps, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, deodorants, etc,) to donate to the homeless, those experiencing housing insecurity, and others in need. Both full-sized and single-use toiletries are welcome. Please drop them off outside the RST office.

In May and June, our collected toiletries are being donated to THRIVE Penisula. THRIVE Peninsula is a volunteer-driven organization that helps families through financial hardship.

 

⚖️ Nonprofit Spotlight of the Week

Repair the World mobilizes Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world, igniting a lifelong commitment to service.

In 2009, Repair the World began elevating meaningful service as a defining element of Jewish life by engaging Jewish young adults in service and learning to meet pressing local needs. Today, inspired by our values, we activate a national service movement, mobilizing partners and tens of thousands of Jewish young adults and their communities to serve alongside our neighbors.”

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