Many Jews know that Tzedakah, righteous giving, often comes in our tradition in multiples of 18, the number which is the numeric equivalent of the Hebrew word chai, which means "life." To help another is to help oneself; two lives are changed. And so a donation of twice chai, 36, is a very common Jewish act of giving.

On the first Monday of every month (including holidays) members of Temple Shalom volunteer at Shepherd’s Table in Silver Spring from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers must be 13 or older and accompanied by an adult if they are under 16. SSL hours are available for this activity. For more information email Temple Shalom liason Vickie Rocha at To sign up directly go to

We invite you to join the Temple Shalom Tikkun Olam Committee.  Contact Tikkun Olam Chairs Sara Nathan and Betsy Kingery at for more information or to offer your assistance.

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