Social Action

Volunteer Opportunities

Food and Friends Meal Deliveries
Deliver meals to people with AIDS/HIV, cancer, and other illnesses through the DC-based organization Food and Friends, either with another Ohr Kodesh volunteer or alone (your choice). Volunteers pick meals at St. Columba's Church in Tenleytown on a weekday morning and deliver meals to Food and Friends clients. Deliveries are approximately every six weeks. You must have your own transportation (or a friend who will drive). It is a good fit for those who are available during the day on weekdays (retirees, stay-at-home parents, the self-employed). If you would like to participate, please contact hpitlick [at] verizon [dot] net (Harris Pitlick).
Sunday Night Dinner for Luther Place Night Shelter

Deliver and serve Sunday night dinner at Luther Place Night Shelter at Luther Place Memorial Lutheran Church in Washington, DC. Luther Place is part of N Street Village. Volunteers bring and serve dinner on Sunday evening to up to 31 homeless women who are in transitional housing. Each volunteer or group of volunteers is assigned one Sunday per year. You can purchase prepared food or prepare food at home. It is good fit for adults or families with older (5 and up). If you would like to participate, please contacthpitlick [at] verizon [dot] net ( Harris Pitlick).

Bethesda Cares Sandwich Lunch Program
Prepare lunches on Sunday so that the homeless and working poor will have them for Monday. Bethesda Cares, Inc. is a community outreach organization for Montgomery County's homeless and working poor. It provides box lunches Monday through Saturday at local churches. Ohr Kodesh volunteers purchase ingredients, prepare lunches (60 cheese sandwiches, 30 pieces of fruit, 30 cookies) and deliver them each Sunday morning at one of two area churches so Bethesda Cares can distribute them the following day. Volunteers are assigned a maximum of two Sundays during the year, except on Yom Tov or during Pesach. Please see below for downloadable instructions and schedule.  Lunch preparation can be done in the comfort of your own home. It is a good fit for families with young children. If you would like to participate, please contact ashoyer [at] sidley [dot] com (Andy Shoyer).
Ruth Fellowship
Two members of the Social Action Committee, Aron Krasnopoler and Yvonne White, will be participating in the Ruth Fellowship. The Ruth Fellowship is a joint project of the Jewish Community Relations Council, Jews United for Justice and the Jewish Council on Public Affairs. The Ruth Fellowship will train and support congregational leaders to design and implement significant synagogue programming dedicated to addressing food justice issues. Through the 6 month training program, two-person teams from area congregations will learn skills in community organizing, advocacy, and community relations; study the intersection of Judaism, food and justice; and explore the core issues of food justice. Following the conclusion of the training in June 2013, graduates have been working with their institution to address the root causes of issues of food & justice. The first meeting of the Ruth Fellowship was in December 2012 at Adas Israel Congregation. Ruth Fellowship members spent the afternoon starting to get to know each other and exploring Jewish texts together. The next meeting was held in January 2013 at Tifereth Israel. Other congregations participating in the Ruth Fellowship include Temple Shalom, Temple Micah, Adat Shalom and Oseh Shalom in Laurel, Maryland. If you are interested in working on issues of food justice in the coming year, please contact akrasnopoler [at] verizon [dot] net (Aron Krasnopoler) or yvonnewhite [at] yahoo [dot] com (Yvonne White).


Bethesda Cares Instructions (Rev. 16 July 2017)20.08 KB
Bethesda Cares Schedule 2017 (28 June 2017)25.77 KB

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