Tikkun olam, repairing the world, is a central principle of Judaism. The Social Action Committee supports Temple Solel’s commitment to tikkun olam by leading the congregation’s projects throughout the year to help those in need. Many of these projects are locally oriented, but the committee also has done work with a national and international focus, supporting the Jewish and non-Jewish community.
Some of our activities are listed below. Please contact the temple if you would like to learn more.
- Ongoing weekly food collection for the Bowie Interfaith Food Pantry and Emergency Aid Fund. Baskets are in the lobby. For more information about the Food Pantry, you can download this newsletter.
- Annual High Holiday food drive benefiting Bowie Interfaith Food Pantry and the Anne Arundel Food Bank
- Semi-annual blood drives for the American Red Cross or AAMC
- PASSOVER WELCOME BASKETS FOR REFUGEES MARCH 25 thru APRIL 30 -
- During the month of April, we will be collecting items needed for WELCOME BASKETS which the International Rescue Committee (IRC) will distribute to newly arrived refugees in the Baltimore area.
- Why are we doing this? The history of the Jewish people from Egypt through the Holocaust and continuing today is the story of people forced time and again to flee the lands in which we resided. At Passover, when we celebrate our liberation from bondage and flight from Egypt, we particularly remember our history as refugees. Unlike our ancestors, today’s refugees have not collected gold and silver from their neighbors to help them on their way. As we consider our people’s history of fleeing oppression, the social action committee is encouraging temple members to contribute items needed by refugees coming to the United States.
- Below you will find a list of items by categories. We are collecting new and GENTLY used items. In addition to the list, there is a need for toys, shoes, backpacks and gift cards to stores like Walmart and Target. No furniture, please. In addition to GENTLY used items you may already have around your house and would like to donate, we are asking our congregational members to include one or more items from the categories below. As a suggested guideline, we have matched beginning letters of last names with each category, so that we will have items from as many categories as possible.
- Needed Items by Categories / First Letter of Last Name
- A, B, C - BATHROOM SUPPLIES (HYGIENE): Shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap pack, sanitary pads
- D, E, F, G, H - CLEANING/BATHROOM SUPPLIES: Light bulbs, large trash can, Large trash bags, pack of 6 sponges, dust pan & broom, shower curtain, shower rings, all-purpose cleaner, dish detergent, laundry detergent, toilet brush, toilet paper, hangers, mop, white rag pack, small bucket
- I, J, K, L, M, N - BEDROOM SUPPLIES: Twin bedding (sheets & comforters), full/queen bedding (sheets & comforters), pillows, towels, alarm clock
- O, P, Q, R, S, T - KITCHEN SUPPLIES: Bowls, plates, glasses, mugs, eating utensils, knives, pots/pans, can opener, cooking utensils, mixing bowls
- U, V, W, X, Y, Z - BABY ITEMS: Baby wipes, baby oil, baby powder, diaper rash ointment, baby shampoo and soap, diapers (under age 3), pull-ups (ages 3-5), pack-n-play, pack-n-play sheet, baby blanket, baby bottles, sippy cups
- Early in school year, helping B'nai Mitzvah students find, choose, organize, and carry out Mitzvah projects
- National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths (October timeframe)
- December 25th Warm Nights with our friends at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church
- Annual December 25th Meal for Bowie Health Center Staff
- Annual Brunch on a social justic issue of concern or with state delegates about pending state legislation of concern to us as Jews
- Various charity walks (e.g., Ovarian Cancer, Ahlzheimer's)
- Annual April/May Mitzvah Day
Other ways that you can help:
- The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (or "the RAC") is the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity in Washington, D.C. As the DC office of the Union for Reform Judaism, the RAC educates and mobilizes the Reform Jewish community on legislative and social concerns, advocating on more than 70 different issues, including economic justice, civil rights, religious liberty, Israel and more. The RAC's presence on your favorite social network site is just a click away. Show your support for Jewish Social Justice online!
- Temple Solel has joined the HIAS Welcome Campaign to demonstrate the widespread support in the American Jewish community for refugees. We signed an affirmative statement in support of refugees for HIAS and are donating welcome baskets to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) for distribution to newly-arrived refugees in the Baltimore area. for more information about HIAS, go to www.hias.org. For more information about the International Resque Committee, go to www.rescue.org.
- MAZON - a Jewish Response to Hunger, works to ensure that hungry people have access to nutritious food today and advocates for government policies to assure no one goes hungry tomorrow.
- Contribute to the Solar Cooker Project of Jewish World Watch