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Tikkun Olam/Social Action

Tikkun Olam / Social Action

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Tzedek, Tzedek, Tirdof -- Justice, Justice, You Shall Pursue, and guided by the Pirkei Avot 2:21: “You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.” Even during this unprecedented time, we continue to do the work - often remotely, sometimes over the phone, but always with our whole hearts.

Adas Israel’s Social Action Committee is made up of teams focused on some of the issues facing us today:  Poverty/Homelessness/Housing TeamClimate Action TeamCommunity Safety TeamKehilah Multiracial Engagement Project (KMEP), and the Refugee Response Team.

Please join us! Contact SAC chair Brad Brooks-Rubin with questions or to figure out which initiative interests you most.

Looking for ways to help right now? Click here for a regularly-updated list of volunteer opportunities.

Our key initiatives

  • We are working with the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) on issues of racial justice, poverty, housing, and equality.
  • We continue to deliver food and much-needed supplies to the Martinsburg Union Rescue in Martinsburg, West Virginia, which serves veterans, those affected by the opioid epidemic, and others in need throughout the area. 
  • We are advocating on behalf of refugee and asylum-seeking communities, including recently resettled Afghans, as well as increasing efforts to provide remote tutoring to students from refugee families through Solutions in Hometown Connections and other organizations.
  • We are working with local synagogues and churches and the Washington Interfaith Network to educate ourselves about housing issues, and to support increasing affordable housing to Ward 3.
  • We have formed a Uyghur Crisis Response Team to respond to the ongoing genocide in China. To learn more or get involved, check out the googledoc of ongoing efforts.

Our Partners

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The Adas Israel Refugee Response Team partners with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Silver Spring to help serve recently arrived refugee families. Moving to a new place is always challenging and language/cultural barriers, along with no or minimal family support, make this transition even more difficult. Mentors help ease this transition by offering friendship, tutoring, help with job searches, transportation support, and other services. So far, Adas has mentored 5 refugee families from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Congo, and we are forming new teams now to assist even more newly settled families. Contact: Sarah Karlin-Smith.

TraRon Center

The TraRon Center after-school program provides a safe, supportive space for elementary school children affected by gun violence. Read about their work in this recent piece on WAMU.

he TraRon Center is creating a learning pod for children who are significantly behind and in need of support during this pandemic. Many of the students have parents who are security guards, janitors, or hospitality professionals who must report to their jobs and can't supervise remote learning. The center will also offer hours for other children to meet with tutors in person outdoors." Contact: Lois Fingerhut

Solutions in Hometown Connections

Solutions in Hometown Connections provides durable programs and solutions to refugee and immigrant families. Through SHC, families receive English language instruction and educational programs, learn to navigate services, and get connected to a warm and inclusive community. Contact: Amy Golen

Washington Interfaith Network (WIN)

The Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) is a broad-based, multi-racial, multi-faith, strictly non-partisan, District-wide citizens’ power organization, rooted in local congregations and associations. WIN is committed to training and developing neighborhood leaders, to addressing community issues, and to holding elected and corporate officials accountable in Washington, DC. Adas Israel is currently organizing with WIN to address the disparities existing in DC, partnering on campaigns that include supporting Mayor Bowser’s plan to bring more affordable housing to Ward 3/Rock Creek West and other areas of DC, addressing the digital divide, and working towards community safety. Contact Jamie Butler

The Collateral Repair Project’s Hope Workshop

The Collateral Repair Project’s Hope Workshop provides refugee women the space to collaborate, create, and socialize, while earning additional income for their households. Most of the women are displaced and have been forced to find new paths to provide for their families and build social connections. Adas Israel has sold their challah covers, napkins, and other items made exclusively for us as a way to support refugee women during a time when resettlement numbers have been reduced. Contact: Brad Brooks-Rubin

Anne Frank House

Click here to learn more about Anne Frank House's work, and hear Priscilla, Anne Frank House's newest resident, talk about how having a home has changed her life.

Anne Frank House is an independent non-profit with its own Board of Directors, providing permanent housing to individuals in 12 fully-furnished units owned or rented by Anne Frank House. Anne Frank House activities are financed by individual donations and grants, with in-kind support from Adas Israel.  Every year in November, the Anne Frank House mini walk helps raise needed funds. Contact: Sue Ducat

D.C. Council honors Anne Frank House for its 30th anniversary
June 29, 2017 By Justin Katz, Washington Jewish Week

Friendship Place

Friendship Place's mission is to empower people experiencing or at risk of homelessness to attain stable housing and rebuild their lives. Their goal is to end homelessness in Washington, DC, and to establish a sustainable model which can be replicated across the nation. Adas Israel has a longstanding partnership with Friendship Place. For the past several years we have been the largest contributor to the annual backpack campaign, and a participant in the Winter Warmth clothing drive. We are proud to partner with Friendship Place. For more information, contact Joel Fischman or Jamie Butler.

Reading Partners

Click here for the Reading Partners Website!

Adas Israel participates with Reading Partners, a nationwide literacy empowerment program that trains volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring to children attending under-resourced schools who are struggling with reading.  Please consider joining 25 other Adas members to become a Reading Partners tutor! It only takes an hour of your week (or more if you choose!) to make a difference in the life of a child struggling to read. To learn more about the organization and to sign up to volunteer here. Please email Lois Fingerhut with any and all questions.

One America

One America brings communities together across divides to work together on issues that matter to them: poverty, race relations and racism, the opioid epidemic and more. Adas Israel partners, along with regional mosques and churches, with the One America West Virginia chapter on issues surrounding the opioid epidemic, including hosting speakers, raising awareness, and providing direct services to affected communities in WV. Contact: Lois Fingerhut or Brad Brooks-Rubin

Sukkot In Spring & Other Yachad Projects

Adas Israel Proudly partners with Yachad DC!
View Photos From Past Events Here
Each year, we assemble teams to renovate homes of area residents who are elderly and frail, disabled, or financially unable to tackle needed repairs on their own. Sukkot In Spring volunteers paint, do yard work; fix windows, leaking roofs, and rotting floors; and tend to inadequate bathrooms and faulty electrical systems. Contact: Lisa Kaneff.


SOME & Ezra Pantry

Click here for the SOME, INC (So Others Might Eat) Website!

View Photos of Adas Volunteers at SOME, July 29
View Photos From SOME Memorial Day 2016

Throughout the year, Adas Israel collects non-perishable food for distribution to SOME, INC (So Others Might Eat), a nonprofit, interfaith organization. Throughout the year, we also sponsor and serve meals at SOME's dining room as well as collect new and gently used winter coats from November through February. SOME volunteers contact: Brad Brooks-Rubin, Ezra Food Pantry contact: Healey Sutton.


N Street Village

Click here for the N Street Village Website!
View Photos From Past Events Here

For more than 30 years, Adas Israel has been involved with N Street Village. Adas volunteers prepare monthly meals for 30 women at the shelter. We also help prepare and serve Christmas dinner to the women who participate in N Street Village's programs and we sing holiday songs with them. Contact: Ruth Kleinrock.


Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ (Peoples Church)

View Photos From Past Events Here.

For 11 years, Adas Israel and Peoples Church have been partnering and “joining hands across the park.”  Each year, we honor the memory and spirit of Martin Luther King with a weekend that features social action partners as guests. We also help members of their Food Pantry with their annual Thanksgiving & Christmas project, packing food bags for distribution to low income residents of DC. Holiday Food Packing contact: Jamie Butler.



Patricia Handy Place for Women

3rd Sundays from 6:30 – 8pm Register Here

Join YP@AI as we give back to the DC community! Every 3rd Sunday, 8 – 10 volunteers will serve dinner at The Patricia Handy Place for Women, run by N Street Village. N Street Village is one of the top organizations in the District that works with women who have been homeless. Oprah Winfrey recently gave a surprise $1 million to the organization. Contact: Aviva Weinstein or Amanda Deane Sass.



Miriam's House

Miriam’s House,  a Housing First model, provides permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless women who are living with HIV and AIDS. Up to 25 women live and work together on managing and improving their physical health while addressing other self-sufficiency goals, which can include addiction recovery, mental wellness, education, employment, income, and long-term housing.


Photo Gallery

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