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Social Action / Tikkun Olam


You shall open your hand wide to your brother,
to the poor, and to the needy of your land

Deuteronomy 15:11

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Interfaith Working Session on Climate Justice
Sunday, October 15, 2023, 1:30-3:00pm at B'nai Israel, RSVP HERE

Get involved in addressing climate justice issues at a state and local level. Join us for an interfaith working session sponsored by Action in Montgomery (AIM) to strategize on shaping the equitable distribution of historic levels of federal funding in the DMV region to reduce climate emissions and make housing safer and more affordable.

Reproductive Justice Panel
Sunday, Oct. 29th from 10:30-12:00pm at Washington Hebrew Congregation, REGISTER HERE

A panel discussion regarding reproductive justice to help us understand the economic and health impacts on women from the denial of access to abortion care, both before Roe and since Dobbs, and to gain insight into the current legal battle for women’s reproductive freedom. Panelists will include a former member of The Janes, which was a group of women in Chicago between 1968-1970 who provided abortion counseling and abortions, a practicing OB/GYN in this area, a lawyer with the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the head rabbi at WHC.


Monthly Collection

Our “Item of the Month” program offers us a chance to help a wide variety of organizations. Each month, we will focus on a specific organization, provide information about the group, and collect items for which they have expressed a need.  Collection receptacles will be located in the main lobby, Religious School and Sherman ECC sections of the building. Please share in Har Shalom’s commitment to helping others. We can make a difference.

Month Items to be Collected Organization
September   Non-perishable food items, as part of the Yom Kippur Operation Isaiah food drive Manna Food Center
October New and gently used kitchen and bath towels of all sizes and new and gently used Judaica Jewish Foundation For Group Homes
November Non-perishable Thanksgiving food items Manna Food Center
December Gift cards for the Holidays for food – pharmacy – and clothing Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) and A Wider Circle
January Hats, scarves, and warm socks Montgomery County Men's Shelter & JSSA
February Convenience foods and kid friendly foods Manna Food Center and JSSA Kosher Kitchen
March Hametz (include macaroni groggers) / Non-perishable Kosher for Passover foods Bikkur Cholim of Greater Washington
April Toys for children of all ages Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Violence
May Cell phones – No longer needed or broken Hearts and Homes for Youth / Stepping Stones Shelter
June Household cleaning supplies & new and used household supplies Hearts and Homes for Youth / Stepping Stones Shelter
July School supplies Montgomery County Child Welfare Services and Stepping Stones Shelter
August School supplies Montgomery County Child Welfare Services and Stepping Stones Shelter


In the future, the SATO Committee hopes to be...:

Offering a grant to a Har Shalom high school student to enable him or her to develop and implement a social action program.

Increasing Project Linus meetings for blanket-making.

Adding a gift-wrapping evening.

Continuing to hold Mini-Mitzvah Days.

Continuing to assist Stepping Stones Shelter with meals and support.


If you have questions for the SATO Committee, please send an email to


Mon, October 2 2023 17 Tishrei 5784