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Social Action

 Members gather for 2012 Annual Mitzvah Day.
Pride Parade


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 

New Series with Rabbi Daniel Schaefer:
Racial Justice Reading Group

Session #1 - Tuesday, July 7, 7:00 pm
Session #2 - Tuesday, July 14, 7:00pm
If you are open to difficult conversations and interested in thoughtfully exploring questions or racism and racial justice, please join Rabbi Schaefer this summer for a Racial Justice Reading Group. Open to TOS Members. Registration required.
Early August - Date and Time TBD
How to be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

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. 


Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) is a broad-based organization that works for social justice by coalescing, training and organizing people across religious, ethnic, class and neighborhood lines. This is our second year as members and we look forward to more exciting work together.

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. 

Thu, October 22 2020 4 Cheshvan 5781