Tikkun Olam, “repairing the world”, is a hallmark of Reform Judaism. Congregation Or Chadash has ongoing social action programs as well as special events throughout the year. If you are interested in getting involved with our social action efforts, contact our Social Action Chairs
Or Chadash’s Refugee Support group, in concert with the Montgomery County Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Neighbors, is actively providing support to 17 refugee families, including English tutoring.
In March we will are run a drive for toiletries to support our families.
In July and early August, our Social Action Committee will be running a drive for school supplies to support our families. We will be collecting items that have been requested for elementary-school children. Please sign up and indicate the items you wish to purchase. Items can then be dropped off in the temple lobby from Friday, July 13th, through Sunday, August 12th. On that final day (Sunday, August 12th), we will gather from 12 noon to 2PM to put the bags of supplies together for eah refugee child.
If you prefer to make a financial donation to help the families, please make your donation to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund, and add a note that the donation is intended for Refugee Support. Thank you so much for helping us with this important cause. If you would like to join our group or have any questions, please contact Debbie Eisenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: 08/12/2018 (Sun.)Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm EDT
Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah Project to Help People Who Are Homeless
Hi, I am Jacob, a current sixth grader at Or Chadash. My Bar Mitzvah date is March 16, 2019. My Bar Mitzvah project is filling backpacks, and distributing them to people without homes who live on the streets, and to homeless people in shelters. My goal is to get more than 180 backpacks because 180 is a good Jewish number. I know it’s an ambitious goal, but I really want to make a difference in the world. My plan will be to collect everything in the next few months, but distribute it in late Fall or early Winter, so I want to start now. I will assemble all the backpacks myself and will personally deliver the backpacks (with my family).
Rise Against Hunger – Packing Meals
After the success of our recent Rise Against Hunger program, we are planning next years program now. If you would like to donate to the next Yom Kippur, Rise Against hunger program, please click here.
What We’ve Been Up To:
First Responders Dinner
On January 21, Congregation Or Chadash held a dinner in honor of our local First Responders. We served an overflowing spaghetti dinner for an appreciative group of firefighters, emergency medical services (EMS) specialists, and the police who work in Damascus, Clarksburg, Hyattstown, and Germantown. It was great to meet and thank the people who serve our community. In return, they were able to learn a little about Or Chadash and our community.
Bags of Hope for Foster Children
Please join us in our efforts to help children who are abruptly placed in foster homes, oftentimes without any prior notification. These kids need essential items to bring with them to their new homes. Social workers will deliver the items to the age-group selected, through the Montgomery County Child Welfare Services Department. Click here for more information.