Building Community, Acting for Justice
Temple Shalom offers a wide variety of social and mission-oriented groups, committees, and clubs to help bring congregants together around shared interests. Take advantage of being part of our community by joining one of these existing groups.
Temple Shalom Groups and Committees
Temple Shalom is committed to the essential Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, “repairing the world,” and views social action – including social justice, community service and charitable giving – as a core tenet for its community. The Tikkun Olam Committee of Temple Shalom is open to all members and offers a variety of ways (small and large, short-term and long-term) to get involved.
See our Social Action & Tikkun Olam page for details.
Temple Shalom has embarked on a journey to become an antiracist congregation. The Temple Shalom Antiracism Task Force kicked off on Yom Kippur 2020 with a powerful sermon by Rabbi Ackerman and a workshop attended by over 300 congregants. Since then, the task force continues to hold learning sessions and provide resources to help all of us learn how to interrupt and dismantle racist beliefs, practices, and policies in Temple Shalom and the larger community.
Learn more on our Antiracism Task Force page.
The Sisterhood at Temple Shalom provides opportunities to promote a sense of fellowship, camaraderie and laughter among its membership of all adult ages. Sisterhood fosters community, education, cultural understanding, and advocates for and promotes progressive Jewish values. All are welcome to join us at any event throughout the year.
See our Sisterhood page for details.
The brotherhood at Temple Shalom provides services to the Temple through Jewish men by promoting a sense of fellowship and camaraderie among its membership. Brotherhood fosters education and cultural understanding; all men are welcomed to join us at any event throughout the year.
See our Brotherhood page for details.
The Renaissance Group is in its second decade at Temple Shalom. Our purpose is to provide an additional venue for our congregants to develop intellectually by taking advantage of the DC area's social, historical, and educational opportunities. The group welcomes anyone who wishes to take advantage of these opportunities and desires to expand upon the offerings in the Washington area, which include tours of local museums, musical programs and other events.
See our Renaissance page for details.
TaSTY is a TYG, or Temple Youth Group. We have a Senior Board that designs educational, social, and tikkun olam (social action) programming for the entire school year.
We are also affiliated with NFTY, or the North American Federation of Temple Youth in the Mid-Atlantic Region, also called NFTY-MAR. There are several overnight conferences we attend as a group in the area and it’s a fantastic way to stay connected with friends from camp, or to make new ones.
See Youth Groups for more details.
Temple Shalom’s Mitzvah Corps is one of the many important ways in which we work to “be there” for one another. Bikur Cholim, visiting and caring for those who are ill or in need, is one of the core commandments (mitzvot) of Jewish life.
The Mitzvah Corps is looking for people willing to make or deliver meals to congregants in needs, help with shivah services, write notes to congregants or help organize Mitzvah Corps activities.
See our Mitvah Corps page for more details.
Temple Shalom offers many committees, task forces, working groups, clubs, and other groups to meet your interests and allow you to contribute your skills to the community. Temple members often identify their joining a particular committee or group as when they started to develop the deep connections that have defined their relationship with Temple Shalom.
For more information, see our Join Another Group page.