"Tzedek, tzedek tirdof
Justice, justice you shall pursue" (Deuteronomy 16:20)
Committee is the place where Temple Shalom families connect to
Judaism’s historic commitment to Tikkun Olam (Repair of
the World) and Gimilut Chasadim (Acts of Loving Kindness). It is
through the Tsedek Committee that temple members work to achieve
a goal common to Jews everywhere: Bringing humanity a few steps
closer to the day when poverty and war are banished, and
injustice and hate are gone.
To carry out this vision on a day-to-day basis, our people are
engaged in a number of projects aimed at feeding the hungry,
aiding the elderly, and helping low-income families lift
themselves out of poverty.
To get involved in any of these projects call the chairs
directly, or contact Dan
Clothing, Kitchen Needs (contact
We collect shirts, pants, winter coats and other clothing items
from Temple members for deliveries to Shepherd’s Table, which
serves the homeless, and other worthwhile organizations.
Control Gun Violence/Million Mom March (contact
On Mother’s Day 2000, Temple Shalom sent a delegation of over
100 members to the Million Mom March on the Washington Mall. We
continue our commitment to the goal of reducing gun violence
through support of the Million Mom March organization.
Hebrew Home (contact
Once a month, a group of temple volunteers travels to the Hebrew
Home for the Aged to bring some cheer into the lives of elderly
residents. We play cards and board games, and we talk and
Donations occasioned by life-cycle events go to the MAZON
organization, the Jewish response to hunger nationwide.
Mitzvah Day (contact
Once a year in the Fall, Temple families divide into teams for
participation in service projects, from fixing up housing for
homeless people to picking fruits and vegetables for the hungry.
Interfaith Housing Coalition (contact
The temple’s mentoring team assists a family making the
difficult transition from homelessness to permanent housing. The
team offers practical advise and help to those stepping up from
temporary housing, shelters or the streets.
Shepherd’s Table (contact
On the first Monday of every month, we go to Shepherd’s Table in
Silver Spring to help prepare and serve a meal for the homeless
and others in need.
S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat) (contact
As part of the nationwide S.O.M.E. effort, volunteers prepare
meals in their own homes and then deliver them to the temple.
The food is then brought to local homeless shelter for serving.
Sukkot in April (contact
Once a year we spend two consecutive Sundays fixing up the home
of a low-income, elderly or disabled person or family. The work
ranges from spackling and painting to mending stairs and
banisters and adjusting door strike-plates.
Shalom Conservation Corps (contact
To do our part to keep our environment clean and beautiful, we
collect office paper from the temple and take it to local
recycling centers. Also, we have started a "Stream Team" to
clean up and monitor a portion of Rock Creek.