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Social Action

Tikkun olam, "repairing the world," is a hallmark of Reform Judaism as we strive to bring peace, freedom, and justice to all people.

Service and Advocacy are who we are and what we do here at Temple Beth Shalom. We have two committees, Community Service and Advocacy, that organize a number of ongoing projects, as well as periodic events, throughout the year. 
 
We encourage you to join us! Your participation in Social Action or Social Advocacy groups at Temple Beth Shalom will allow you to help heal the world, make new friends, and feel really good!
 
We work with the larger Austin Reform Jewish community to create a formal structure for us to work together on social justice issues. We organize with clergy and lay leaders to promote community initiatives like poverty reduction, refugee relief, and criminal justice reform.
 
Interested in service or volunteer opportunities? Please visit our Volunteer page or check out our current Social Action projects below.

 

Current Projects and Committees

Knitzvah
Knitting and crocheting hats, scarves, and gloves for those in need in Austin.

Meals on Wheels
Delivering meals to homebound elderly, disabled, and needy individuals.

Mobile Loaves & Fishes
Preparing and serving food to support the food truck that hits the streets 7 nights a week, 365 days a year to serve the homeless, delivering food, clothing, hygiene products and other life-sustaining items. 

Refugee Task Force
Supporting and helping to resettle the many refugees that arrive in Austin.

Community First! Village
Supporting this 51-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness.

Women's Storybook Project
Record mothers who are incarcerated at Gatesville Prison reading books to their children. The Women's Storybook Project then sends each child their own brand-new book with a personal message written from mom and the recording of their mom's voice reading to them. 

Check out information about the congregation’s social justice work as well.

Fri, October 22 2021 16 Cheshvan 5782