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Tikkun Olam Programs

Tikkun Olam Service Projects

  • Volunteer with the Somerville Homeless Coalition, an adult shelter, the second Sunday of every month, from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. You can prepare part of a meal at your home, or deliver the meal prepared by other TST members to the shelter. No regular commitment -- you will receive an email monthly and you can sign up at your convenience. Dropoff location is The Ambrose School, 27 High Street, Winchester, at 4:30 pm. Please contact Peggy Shukur to be added to the SignUpGenius email.
  • Prepare holiday meals with Project Ezra, a tradition shared between Temple Shir Tikvah and Temple Isaiah in Lexington, where members of both congregations prepare and deliver Christmas meals to elderly residents and families in Arlington, Bedford, and Lexington. You can participate on December 24, or in the weeks leading up. Opportunities for adults, children, and teenagers. Sign up, Learn more, or contact projectezra@templeisaiah.net with questions.
  • Build with Habitat for Humanity in Lawrence, MA, once a month, from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. No particular skills are required to participate but you must be 16 or older to be on the work site. We usually eat out for lunch but lots of folks bring lunch and eat on site. If you are interested and want more information contact Annie LaCourt. Upcoming builds: 12/8/18, 1/26/19, 2/23/19, 3/30/19, 4/27/19, 5/18/19. Location may change each month; contact Annie to confirm address.
  • Collect books and supplies for Chesterbrook Learning Center, a free after-school program in Waltham. Check back soon for more info.
  • Tutor children struggling with reading in a Somerville school. Check back soon for more info.
  • Support the JF&CS Family Table food pantry. Check back soon for more info.
  • Volunteer at Winchester Hospital on Christmas. Check back soon for more info.
  • Host Red Cross blood drives. Check back soon for more info.

Shir Tzedek Social Advocacy

  • DECEMBER 9, 2:00 PM: Come to the Prayer Vigil at the South Bay Detention Center, an interfaith gathering to let the immigrants detained there know that they have not been forgotten. The vigil includes brief prayers and songs led by clergy from many congregations. Plan to be outdoors for one hour and to walk several blocks and up a flight of stairs. Adults should accompany anyone under age 18. Address is 20 Bradston Street, Boston.  Download the flyer here.
  • Join a Shir Tikvah sponsored Jericho Walk, peaceful interfaith protests in response to the immigration crisis. Upcoming walks will be announced soon.
  • Since 2005, we've been active members of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), a coalition of religious communities and other groups working towards progressive public policy on issues such as income tax reform, health care cost, and criminal justice.
  • As members of coalitions formed with other synagogues, we are involved with initiatives that address problems such as gun violence prevention and economic inequality.
  • Acting to Reverse Climate Change (ARCC) is a Shir Tikvah initiative created to educate the community, form connections with other climate change activists, and mobilize our efforts to take effective action. The mission of ARCC is to deepen understanding of how climate change impacts us, to create connections among climate change activists, and to mobilize the Shir Tikvah community to take action to reverse climate change honoring the Jewish value of protecting the earth and all its inhabitants.
Tue, November 20 2018 12 Kislev 5779