Social Justice is at the core of the Jewish faith. While many synagogues embark on worthy initiatives of Tikun Olum (repairing the world), for Oheb Shalom, it is about how social justice has defined our institution. Throughout our rich history, Oheb Shalom has leveraged its collective will to make a difference.
As Jews, we are commanded to think about others in our midst, especially those less fortunate, and strive towards Tikun Olum, repairing the world. The Social Action Committee provides congregants opportunities to participate in acts of Tikun Olum.
the social action committee
The Social Action Committee of Oheb Shalom strives to:
- Provide a variety of unique and compelling programming for member involvement.
- Introduce the youngest Oheb Shalom members to Tikun Olum via Social Action programs integrated into the Nursery School, Zeman School, and ETGAR curriculum.
- Work with the middle schoolers to find or create meaningful projects as they prepare for b'nai mitzvah.
- Offer cross-generational inclusiveness--provide opportunities for each and every congregant to engage in Tikun Olum, including seniors, individuals, families, young people, teenagers, kids.
- Serve the needy in our community, our region, domestically and internationally.
- Continue to build relationships of understanding and engagement with our partners in Newark, our congregation’s original home.
- Coordinate Social Action programs with the Oheb constituent groups such as Men’s Club and Sisterhood to broaden our engagement and to deepen connections within the congregation.
- Provide a forum in which to raise and discuss issues of societal concern and facilitate programs to effectively address those issues.
- Coordinate with other local Social Action Committees to leverage resources whenever possible.
Some of the Social Action Committee's programs throughout the year include:
- Partners in Acts Back-to-School Community Mart (around Labor Day) at the FSJUMC
- Avia Bearg Memorial Blood Drive
- Sadie Margulies Social Justice Brunch and Learn
- Thanksgiving Pie Baking with the Sisterhood
- Canned Good Collection for Thanksgiving
- Thanksgiving Volunteering/Partners in ACTs
- Community Food Bank (family volunteer day)
- Giving Trunk for Chanukah/winter coats
- Habitat for Humanity, partnership with Men's Club
- Tu B’shevat Baking with the Zeman School kids for JNF
- Spring Givng Trunk
- Passover Seder with Partners in ACTs youth group
- Greater MetroWest Supermarket Sweeps to benefit the Bobrow Kosher Food Pantry