B'nai Sholom

Reform Congregation

Albany, NY

Yom Rishon, 1 Kislev 5778

Social Action

  • Books for babies books and literature
  • Presenting books/literature to the director of The Baby Institute of Albany
  • Packing books/literature for Books for Babies
  • Empty Bowl Bowls
  • Empty Bowls volunteers
  • Food prep for Equinox Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Food prep for Equinox Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Food prep for Equinox Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Food prep for Equinox Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Food prep for Equinox Thanksgiving Dinner
  • 40 Mitzvot Co-Chairs David Liebschutz and Hal Rosenthal and B'nai Sholom President Jodi Kerper served breakfast on October 28th at the Bethany Center in Troy as part of the 40th Anniversary social action efforts.
  • FAIN Award
  • Family Promises
  • 40th Anniversary Shabbaton Donation to Schoharie County Flood Relief
  • 40th Anniversary Shabbaton

The Social Action Committee educates the congregation and community about social issues from a Reform Jewish perspective, and provides opportunities to be involved in direct action to improve our community and the world.  Activities include presenting educational materials and programs related to these areas, informing pubic officials about Reform Jewish positions on current issues and legislation, and encouraging congregational engagement in associated activities.
The Social Action Committee currently focuses on:

1.    Childhood literacy
2.    Homeless families
3.    Hunger programs
4.    Universal Health Care

Projects and programs for 2015-2016:
•    Books for Babies – providing new books to expectant parents in homes where reading is not a tradition
•    Family Promise – interfaith community support for homeless children and their families
•    Empty Bowls -- Hunger Action Fund Raiser
•    Support for Capital District Alliance for Universal Healthcare
•    Semi-annual blood drives
•    Semi-annual clothing drives
•    Legislative advocacy

 Past projects have included participation in disaster recovery, provision of solar cookers in Sudan and the North Star Peace Walk.
Additional initiatives are determined by  congregational interest and our ability to pursue and support specific projects.  Monthly meetings are held on the first Thursday evening and all are welcome.

Learn more about our Social Action Projects: