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Tikkun Olam Committee: September Update

Welcome to the Tikkun Olam (TO) Committee’s Monthly Update highlighting recent and upcoming Temple events and social action activities planned by the TO Committee.

At Temple Shalom, we are committed to the essential Jewish value of tikkun olam (“repair the world”). We view social action as a core tenet of our community, and seek to repair the world through education, advocacy, and direct service to those in need. Our TO Committee is open to all congregants and offers a variety of ways–small and large–for congregants to get involved in tikkun olam, the mending of the world.

To learn more or to get involved, please contact Betsy Kingery and Fran Paver at ten.molahselpmet@malonukkit. For more information about social action at Temple Shalom, take a look at Temple Shalom’s recently updated website.

Join Our Next Tikkun Olam Meeting

The September (virtual) meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 23 at 7:00 pm. If interested in attending, please email ten.molahselpmet@malonukkkit to request the Zoom link. No commitment necessary.

Temple Shalom Signs On to Two Letters Urging Action by the Biden Administration

  1. Temple Shalom was part of a group of 220 Jewish communities and institutions stretching across the country that signed on to an August 30th letter to the Biden Administration urging action on behalf of the Afghan people and the humanitarian crisis facing the Afghan people. Here’s a link to the shared letter.
  2. Temple Shalom also signed an Open Letter from the Jewish Community to President Biden urging the Biden Administration to prioritize human rights in U.S. policy toward China. The letter was coordinated by the Adas Israel Social Action Committee on behalf of Jewish community leaders, rabbis, organizations, and synagogues in response to China’s policies toward Uyghurs.

Climate Tip of the Month

Montgomery County’s Climate Action Agenda
Interested in learning more about Montgomery County’s efforts to address climate change? Here are several recent milestones:
  • Release of an ambitious Climate Action Plan: The County completed its Climate Action Plan (CAP) in June, addressing numerous public comments submitted on a draft version earlier this year. The CAP proposes 86 actions across seven sectors—clean energy; transportation; buildings; climate adaptation; carbon sequestration; climate governance; and public engagement, partnerships, and education. The goal is to achieve 100% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission by 2035. To access and review the CAP, click HERE.
  • Climate Action Work Plan for FY22 (July 2021-June 2022): County Executive Marc Elrich released an annual work plan describing the actions that the County is taking in the near-term in support of the CAP. To access and review the FY22 Work Plan, click HERE.
  • County Council Climate Action Agenda: The Montgomery County Council is expected to establish a climate legislative agenda this fall. Look for a Council press release later this month with more details. For more information, access the County Council’s meeting calendar HERE.

Refugees and Immigration

Afghan Crisis: Please urge the Biden Administration to strengthen our response to the crisis in Afghanistan. To send a message, visit the Religious Action Center website HERE. The HIAS website also includes valuable information on the plight of Afghan refugees, and how you can help. To learn more, click HERE.
Apartment Set Up: We anticipate being asked by Lutheran Social Services or the International Rescue Committee to help set up an apartment within the next month for a recently-arrived Afghan refugee family. When this happens, we will need to respond quickly. Please email ten.molahselpmet@malonukkkit if you’d like to be on the contact list. (If you’re not available this time, no worries, there will be other opportunities.)


Upcoming Community Collections

So Others Might Eat (SOME): Beginning late October (exact date TBA), we anticipate collecting toiletries for SOME (including combs, brushes, razors, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, diapers, wipes, etc.). A complete list of items, as well as details on the dates and logistics, will be provided in advance of the collection dates.
Annual Coat Drive for the International Rescue Committee: Beginning in late November, we plan to collect winter jackets, coats, hats, gloves, and scarves for local refugees. Stay tuned for further details.

Promote Food Security in our Community

Manna Food Drive: Thank you to all who helped with the annual Yom Kippur food drive to benefit Manna Food Center. Despite rain and virtual attendance by many congregants, we were able to fill four bins with much needed food.
Shepherd’s Table: On the first Monday of each month, Temple Shalom sponsors 5-7 volunteers to help serve dinner at Shepherd’s Table in Silver Spring. There are two shifts: 4:30-7pm and 5-7:30pm. Shepherd’s Table requires that all volunteers be masked and vaccinated. Our next volunteer night is Monday, October 4. Contact Vickie Rocha at moc.liamg@ztiwahcor for more information. To volunteer, sign up at https://shepherdstable.volunteerhub.com.


Voter Engagement and Preservation of Voting Rights

Virginia Postcarding Update: In anticipation of Virginia’s November 2 election, Temple Shalom volunteers recently sent postcards, as part of a campaign initiated by Reclaim Our Vote, to over 1,000 Virginia voters of color reminding them that early voting (for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and State Delegates) started September 17.
Reclaim Our Vote has now transitioned to Phase II of its Get Out The Vote Postcard Campaign. Postcards must be mailed by October 18. The script reminds Virginia voters of the early voting deadline of October 30. For those of you who previously registered with Reclaim Our Vote, you can contact Voterletters directly to request names, addresses, and the script for this new campaign. The TO Committee can then provide you with postcards. If you are not registered, but are interested in participating, please email tten.molahselpmet@malonukki as soon as possible, and we will provide you with additional details, including postcards, addresses, and script. The newly elected Virginia officials will decide the future of the state’s voting rights laws.


Gun Violence Prevention

Learn about “FAMILY FIRE” and how it can be prevented

Family fire is a shooting involving an improperly-stored or misused gun in the home, which results in death or injury. Unintentional shootings, suicide, and intentional shootings are all forms of family fire. Visit the Brady United website to learn more about family fire and the importance of safe gun storage.

Facts & Figures…

  • Every day in the United States, 63 people die of gun suicide.
  • Access to guns in the home increases the risk of suicide by 300%.
  • 51% of all suicide fatalities are by firearm and 60% of all gun deaths are suicides.

Click HERE for more information about the relationship between firearms and suicide.

The Economic Cost of Gun Violence

In an average year, gun violence in America kills nearly 40,000 people and injures more than twice as many.

Gun violence costs taxpayers, survivors, families, employers, and communities more than $280 billion annually.

This amount represents:

  • $3.5 billion in medical costs (immediate and long-term medical care, mental health care, and ambulance and patient transport)
  • $10.7 billion in police & criminal justice costs (police response and investigation, court administration staff, and incarceration)
  • $0.5 billion in employer costs (lost revenue and productivity)
  • $51.2 billion in work-loss costs (income lost because of death and disability)
  • $214.2 billion in quality-of-life costs (loss for pain and suffering)

As taxpayers, survivors, families, employers, and communities, we all pay for the enormous costs associated with gun violence, whether we own a gun or not.
For more data and analysis:

The Economic Cost of Gun Violence | Everytown Research & Policy

EveryStat – EverytownResearch.org

Looking for Something Else You Can Do? Tell Congress What’s on Your Mind

Let your representatives know how important social justice issues are to you. The Religious Action Center provides several suggestions, as well as avenues, for such actions. Click HERE.

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