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.
Homeless Shelter: Beth Sholom serves as an emergency homeless shelter for one or two weeks in the summer, providing temporary housing for 3 or 4 women and their children. In 2017, the dates are July 15-22 and Aug. 26-Sept. 2. Volunteers are needed to serve as evening and overnight hosts, and to provide healthy snacks and games for children. First-time volunteers must fill out an application. Training is provided. Please call Beth Sholom at 301-663-3437 for more information and to volunteer.
COIPP Collection: Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership 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. Beth Sholom will support COIPP by collecting hygiene products during March and April. View the flier for details on what and how to donate.Blessings in a Backpack: Drop off your food donations 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.
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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.
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.
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