As Jews, we are obligated to work to repair the world. In order to fulfill our religious duty to perform tzedakah, the Tzedek/Social Justice Committee organizes, mobilizes and participates in the Beth Sholom Congregation's efforts to help the poor, the homeless, the hungry and those in need. Our annual projects include:
Beth Sholom serves as an emergency homeless shelter for one or two weeks in the summer, providing temporary housing for three or four families. Training is provided for volunteers who serve as evening and overnight hosts, and provide healthy snacks and games for children.
The Tzedek/Social Justice Committee encourages food donations throughout the year and promotes a special food drive for the Frederick Food Bank during Yom Kippur and Sukkot.
Day of Prayer
The committee promotes the Religious Coalition's Homeless Community Day of Prayer in November and encourages congregational participation in this event.
The committee promotes the annual October Alzheimer's Walk, and participation by congregants raises thousands of dollars for Alzheimer’s research.
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Beth Sholom takes part in a number of events in November that benefit and bring awareness to the plight of the homeless, including an interfaith dinner, a prayer walk, a forum and a movie.
Blessings in a Backpack
The congregation donates food items to the Blessings in a Backpack program, which provides food over the weekend for school children participating in the federal free or reduced-price school meals program.
During the holiday season, the committee organizes a gift collection for seniors referred to Beth Sholom by the Frederick Department of Social Services, and congregation members serve Christmas Eve and Easter dinner at the local Soup Kitchen.
The Tzedek/Social Justice Committee and the women's group, Mitzvot and Friendship of Frederick, hold a Chanukah celebration for the residents of two local nursing homes.
Beth Sholom supports the Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership by collecting hygiene products. COIPP, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, was founded by a congregant. It assists families who have an incarcerated loved one, while working to educate the community about the issues facing these families.