Social Action

B’nai Sholom signed on as a Brit Olam congregation with the Union for Reform Judaism in December 2017. The Brit Olam is a “Covenant with our World because we see the world we want, not the world as it is…a World of Compassion, Justice and Wholeness.” This commitment makes B’nai Sholom part of a network of more than 150 congregations from Maine to California working in concert in meeting an “urgency of now” through moral leadership and congregational and community-based action.

The Social Action Committee educates the congregation and community about social issues.  We strive to choose projects that reflect the Reform Jewish perspective and that represent our congregation in the Capital District.  We participate in a variety of projects that help specific community groups and the greater community-at-large while offering a range of volunteer opportunities.  Activities include presenting educational materials and programs to the congregation, informing public officials about Reform Jewish positions on current issues and legislation, and encouraging congregational support and engagement in these activities.

The Social Action Committee currently focuses on:

  1. Advocacy: tools for our congregants
  2. Childhood literacy
  3. Homeless families
  4. Hunger programs
  5. Universal health care

Projects and programs continuing in 2018-2019:

  • Advocacy training for congregants
  • 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 fundraiser
  • Support for Capital District Alliance for Universal Healthcare
  • Semi-annual clothing drives
  • Legislative advocacy
  • Participation in community-wide Mitzvah Day

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.

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The Social Action Committee meets monthly at the synagogue on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.  We welcome new members and are always looking for additional ways that we can be a presence in the Capital District.