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Upcoming Social Action Events:

Project Bread Virtual Walk for Hunger

Join Temple Ohabei Shalom as we raise funds for Project Bread in this year’s virtual Walk for Hunger! Every Sunday from April 11 until May 2, we’ll meet at the Longwood T station at 10 am on Sunday mornings to walk the Muddy River loop. 

Sign up or donate at our team page, and RSVP to one of the coordinators below to join us on a Sunday walk!

April 11 - Shoma Dhar (

April 18 - Jessica Ullian (

April 25 - Eric Hyett (

May 2 - Larry Green (

Emerald Nacklace Conservancy Park Clean-Up

This spring, help our climate action team partner with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy for park clean-ups. Join Rabbi Schaefer on Thursday, April 22, from 10 am - noon, at Franklin Park’s Shattuck Picnic Grove. Register here; RSVP to so we know to expect you!

Special Shabbat Guest Speaker: Rabbi Shoshana Friedman

On Friday, April 23, the Social Action Committee is excited to welcome Rabbi Shoshana Friedman as our Shabbat speaker. Rabbi Friedman is a climate activist and a rabbinic adviser for Dayenu, the Jewish climate justice organization; her song The Tide Is Rising has spread as an anthem in the climate movement. Her writing has been published in The New York Times and YES! Magazine.

Film Discussion: 13th

On Tuesday, May 11, at 7 pm, join the Social Action Committee’s racial justice group for a discussion of the documentary 13th. The film (available on YouTube), by award-winning director Ava DuVernay, explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. Please plan to watch the film before our May 11 discussion. 

Save the dates and email for details:

Sunday, May 23 - volunteer opportunity at JF&CS Family Table

Sunday, June 6 - volunteer opportunity with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy

18 Actions for Social Justice

Deeds of loving-kindness are equal in weight to all the commandments. 
-Jerusalem Talmud, Peah 1:1

The Social Action Committee at Temple Ohabei Shalom works for tikkun olam, community engagement, and social justice through advocacy, volunteering, and direct service. Our ongoing initiatives include our GBIO partnership and volunteer opportunities for service within and outside of our congregation. All TOS, ARS, and TCEE members and families are welcome to participate in current initiatives, or suggest new opportunities and paths of action for our community. The Social Action Committee meets roughly once a month.
The Social Action Committee Board: Lori Berry, Shoma Dhar, Robin LeWinter and Jessica Ullian.

If you have specific questions, you can contact our Social Action committee at 

Social Action at TOS

Committees and Schools

Many of our members and students are involved in Social Action projects through committees and projects. Get in touch with our committee chairs to find out more.

Family Table

Throughout the year, we collect and distribute canned tuna or salmon and whole grain cereal in support of Jewish Family and Children’s Project. 

High Holy Days Food Drive 

Every year, we support the Brookline Food Pantry, Grow Clinic and Family Table by running a food drive during the High Holy Day season.

Holiday Toy Drive

We support The Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center serving malnourished and at risk children.

Brookline Literacy Partnership

Born out of a TOS Mitzvah Project, our very own Sarah Plovnick founded the Brookline Literacy Partnership which has collected over 4,000 books to build a library at the Emerson School.

Annual Mitzvah Day

Temple Ohabei Shalom’s commitment to making a difference in our local community is never more evident than on Mitzvah Day when members of all ages participate in activities that support our local and wide-spread community. 

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 Members gather for 2012 Annual Mitzvah Day.
Pride Parade


Fri, April 16 2021 4 Iyar 5781