Social Action

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.

Temple Shalom worked tirelessly towards the passage of the Maryland Marriage Equality Act and Dream Act.

Our interest in refugee/immigration involves ongoing advocacy and direct support including sponsoring a Syrian family in partnership with Lutheran Social Services in 2017, participating in apartment setup for incoming families, diaper drives and direct advocacy.

We put our efforts towards Tzedakah (charity), for example, by preparing and serving food for people in need at Shepherd’s Table on the first Monday of the month. We are also committed to addressing environment and climate change issues and learning more about how congregants can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and advocate for climate action at the county and state levels to ensure the survival of our planet.

Other focuses, such as criminal justice reform or Gun Violence Prevention , may emerge as members wish to take action around them.

Volunteers may help with advocacy work emailing legislators, calling agencies, participating in rallies, and writing position papers. Help others by sharing your voice through social media.

Please see the following pages for more information:

Environment and Climate Change
Refugees & Immigration

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

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