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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 for plannning, direct service or education and advocacy. If you are interested in getting involved please email the committee chairs: Shoma Dhar or Jessica Ullian.

Social Action Committee Kickoff Meeting

Wednesday, September 25, 7:00-8:30 pm, Lissner Hall

 Please join the Social Action committee for our annual SOCIAL ACTION KICK OFF MEETING on Weds Sep 25th, 7:00 pm. We'll have dessert (feel free to bring something to share), conversation, and lots of brainstorming for our activities this year. We will also highlight GBIO and the many ways you can get involved.

Rabbi Schaefer will be there and helping to facilitate, a really lovely opportunity for all of us to work with him. And, we only have full-group meetings once or twice each year--so this is the one to come to!

Here are the details for your calendar:
     • September 25, 7:00 pm, Temple Ohabei Shalom – Lissner Hall
     • Babysitting may be available (please let us know beforehand)

     Please let us know if you will be there so we can be sure to have enough refreshments: Shoma Dhar.

If you are interested in being active with the committee, but cannot make this meeting, please also email.


The Social Action Committee Board: Lori Berry, Shoma Dhar, Robin LeWinter and Jessica Ullian

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.

Family Table

Collecting and distributing canned tuna or salmon and whole grain cereal in support of Jewish Family and Children’s Project throughout the year. 


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 

Supporting the Brookline Food Pantry, Grow Clinic and Family Table.

Holiday Toy Drive

Supporting 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 group activities throughout the community.

Sat, September 21 2019 21 Elul 5779