As Jews we are obligated to work to bring justice to the world. The Tzedek/Social Justice Committee will organize, mobilize and participate in the Beth Sholom Congregation's efforts to help the poor, the homeless, the hungry and those in need to fulfill our religious duty to perform Tzedakah.
Blessings in a Backpack: Drop off your food donations in March to support this worthwhile initiative, which provides food on the weekends for more than 1,300 children Frederick County children enrolled in the federal free or reduced-price meal program. For more information, contact Marty Erlichman.
These foods are acceptable:
Soup Kitchen: Beth Sholom will serve dinner at the Soup Kitchen on March 25. Volunteers are needed between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. to set up, serve and clean up. Watch for details on how to help. Home-baked desserts or monetary contributions are being accepted as well—make checks payable to Beth Sholom and enter Soup Kitchen in the memo field.
Recent and Annual Projects
Food Drive: The Tzedek/Social Justice committee promoted a special food drive for the Frederick Food Bank during Yom Kippur and Sukkot, and continues to do so on an ongoing basis throughout the year.
Day of Prayer: The committee promoted, and congregation members participated in the Religious Coalition's Homeless Community Day of Prayer in November.
Alzheimer's Walk: The committe promotes and congregation members participate in the Alzheimer's Walk each year, raising thousands of dollars for research.
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: Beth Sholom took part in a number of events in November that benefitted and brought awareness to the plight of the homeless, including an interfaith dinner, prayer walk, forum and a movie.
Blessings in a Backpack: The congregation donated to the Blessings in a Backpack program to provide food over the weekend for school children participating in the federal free or reduced-price school meals program.
Holiday Mitzvot: During the holiday season, the committee organized a gift collection for seniors referred to Beth Sholom by the Frederick Department of Social Services, and congregation members served Christmas Eve dinner at the Soup Kitchen.
Chanukah Celebration: The Tzedek/Social Justice Committee and Mitzvot and Friendship of Frederick held a Chanukah celebration for the residents of Citizens Nursing Home and Montevue Assisted Living.
Mitzvah Day: In March, adults and children participate in community service projects to help those in need in the Frederick community. Tzedakah projects benefit the homeless, nursing home patients, first responders and medical staff, members of the armed forces and victims of domestic violence.
COIPP Collection: Beth Sholom supportd the Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership by collecting hygiene products. COIP is, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that assists families that have an incarcerated loved one, while working to educate the community about the issues facing these families.
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