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.

Social Action Snapshot
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 more information. David Lasris is heading this initiative and will share more information 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, the collected toiletries will be donated to THRIVE Penisula. THRIVE Peninsula is a volunteer-driven organization that helps families through financial hardship.

Nonprofit Spotlight of the Week
“The mission of Virginia Peninsula Foodbank is to distribute food effectively through collaborative efforts that minimize hunger, promote nutrition and encourage self-reliance through education.

Our vision is to inspire hope by leading the effort for a hunger-free and properly nourished community.”

The Masorti Environmental Sustainability Initiative (MESI)
Take a look at the myriad offerings and  feel free to sign up for MESI’s “Weeks of Learning and Doing” webinar series .  It’s free! If you end up attending any of the webinars, we’d love an informal report about the key takeaways. Email us at  socialaction@rodefsholomtemple.org .

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