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Social Action at Ohev Shalom


For Conservative Jews, social action is not just something we do, it is who we are. It is a central concept of how we conduct our lives and place our priorities. Whether that involves the monthly gathering and preparing donated food and then serving a meal at the Orlando Coalition for the Homeless, lending a helping hand to congregants in need, or organizing and participating in interfaith activities within the community, our congregation has embraced this fully. Almost every member and family at COS has contributed in some way toward the effort of tikkun olamrepairing the world—here at COS. We are active and involved, willing to put our faith into action by reaching out to others in our community to make a difference through performance of mitzvot.

 

Social Action Committee

 

The purpose of the Social Action Committee is to put our faith into action by reaching out to others in our community to make a difference through performance of mitzvot. We hope to educate the congregation about issues of social importance, thereby enabling them to find a place where they can make a difference. We will advocate evaluation of those issues from the perspective of Jewish teachings and traditions. Through active participation in a variety of projects and programs, we wish to mobilize the congregation to act and accomplish our goal of tikkun olam—helping to repair the world. Our focus is threefold: to serve the synagogue community, to serve the local community, and to serve the greater community on the national and international scale.

 

If you are interested in joining the Social Action Committee, or volunteering your time, please contact the office at (407) 298-4650 or office@ohevshalom.org.

 

Ma’asim Tovim

 

Our Ma’asim Tovim, or feeding the homeless, program was started more than 25 years ago by congregants Lea and Saul Zatz (z’’l). Since its inception, COS has served some 100,000 meals to the homeless of Orlando. In order for this program to run smoothly, it requires many people to be involved in the various phases, including calling volunteers, gathering the donated food, cooking, organizing supplies, warming the food, transporting the food, and serving at the Coalition. New volunteers are always welcome to join us in this fun and heartwarming mitzvah!

  Volunteer Coordinator – Shirley Michael shirleym23@cfl.rr.com

  Program Coordinator – Richard Schwartz richard@cpponline.com

 

Community Care Team

 

The Community Care Team provides an array of services to members of the Ohev Shalom community in need, from driving congregants to doctor and physical therapy appointments to taking a meal to a family during a difficult time when they may not be able to prepare a meal, and much more.

To volunteer, e-mail the coordinator.

  Coordinator – Nancy Faracchionancy@financialgroup.com

If you have a need, call the COS office: (407) 298-4650

 

Bikur Cholim (Visiting the Sick)

 

Bikur Cholim volunteers visit congregants who are in the hospital. If you would like to volunteer to perform this great mitzvah, please e-mail the coordinator.

  Coordinator – Sally IzzoBikkurCholim@ohevshalom.org

If you have a need, call the COS office: (407) 298-4650

 

Sat, August 17 2019 16 Av 5779