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Adas Israel’s Social Action Committee is made up of teams focused on some of the issues facing us today: Poverty/Homelessness/Housing Team, Climate Action Team, Lev B’Lev (“Heart to Heart,” which works against hate), Gun Violence Prevention Team (GVP), Racial Justice Working Group, and the Refugee Response Team. The SAC is committed to the essential Jewish value of tikkun olam, 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.” Please join us! Contact SAC Chair Brad Brooks-Rubin or SAC Communications Chair Liz Scheier with questions or to figure out which initiative interests you most.

 

Current & Upcoming Highlights


SOME in Urgent Need of Winter Coats

SOME in Urgent Need of Winter Coats: Do you have lightly used winter coats you aren’t wearing or would you consider a gift of a new one for a homeless person? Dozens are lining up daily at SOME for entrance to their clothing room and their supply of winter coats is thin. Leave your donation in the large white bins in the corner of our coatroom. We are in need of drivers to deliver the coats to SOME. If you can drive (at your convenience) or help package coats, contact Jamie Butler.
 

One America West Virginia -
Toiletries and Personal Items Collection

As part of our partnership with One America West Virginia, we are collecting travel- or full-sized toiletries and personal items for Oxford Houses, which provide sober-living homes to individuals recovering from alcohol and/or drug addiction. Please drop off items in the labeled plastic bins in the coatroom through March 15th.
Needs: Large Ziploc bags, Socks, Wash cloths, Body wash, Lotion, Deodorant, Razor/shaving cream, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Comb/brushes, Shampoo/conditioner, Wet wipes
 

Can you help?


Help a Syrian Refugee Family in our Area

Help a Syrian refugee family, living in College Park, with settling into the DMV area. The mother is requesting English tutoring for her three kids (ages 7, 2.5, and 1), as well as possibly helping with setting up appointments and assisting with forms. If you can help, please contact Alex Levy at aglevy13@gmail.com.
 

Donate items to the TraRon Center

Donate Much-Needed Items to the TraRon Center's After-School Program: The From Tragedy to Triumph after-school program provides a safe, supportive space for elementary school children affected by gun violence. They have created a wish list for essential supplies - any item, big or small, is appreciated.
 

Adas Israel Refugee Response Team Seeking Volunteers to Help with Cultural Orientations

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) runs cultural orientations for the refugee families it resettles and is in need of people to volunteer as babysitters during these orientations in Hyattsville, Maryland. Volunteers spend time with the children in a playroom located next to the orientation room. Adults are needed to interact/play with the children and make a small donation towards a pizza lunch. This is an incredibly valuable way to assist the refugee community in our area. The orientations are from 10 am - 2pm and run various dates; the next one is February 27th. To hear about our experiences volunteering, email Adas members Nancy Cutler (nancy.rosen@gmail.com) or Allison Turner (allisonzturner@gmail.com). To get involved, please email Mira Mendick (mendickm@lssnca.org) who is the Community Resource Coordinator, Refugee & Immigrant Services for LSS.
 

Lev B’Lev Letter-Writing Team joins Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR): Pen Pal Program for Prisoners

In addition to writing letters of solidarity to those who have experienced hate crimes, the Lev B’Lev Letter Writing Team has joined with IAHR, an interfaith organization representing people of different faiths in the Washington, DC, region to write letters to DC residents who are incarcerated in the Bureau of Prisons. IAHR Executive Director Rabbi Charles Feinberg’s new effort addresses the isolation that incarcerated DC residents experience in prisons located far away from home. More than 4,600 DC residents are sent to 122 Bureau of Prisons facilities around the country, making it particularly difficult for them to maintain supportive relationships and reintegrate into their communities upon their release. IAHR’S Pen Pal Program asks volunteers to correspond with one imprisoned DC resident at least once a month for one year. For more information about this rewarding and enlightening experience or to join us, contact Ruth Kleinrock.
 

Adas Israel IRC Refugee Team Seeks New Family Mentors:


The Adas Israel Refugee Response Team has opportunities to mentor newly arrived refugees. Partnering with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Silver Spring, a new group of Adas members are being trained to mentor recently arrived refugee families. Moving to a new place is always challenging and language/cultural barriers, along with none 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 as they come up. This is an incredible opportunity to work with other Adas members to make a genuine impact on refugees' lives. 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. In order to create a dependable support system for these families, the IRC model asks volunteers to commit to 6 months of mentorship. Working in teams of 2-5 people, someone from the team is expected to visit the family every week (which means 1-2 individual visits per month depending on how large the team is). If you are interested in being a part of this rewarding and important work or would like more information, please contact Alex Levy or Katy Gingles.


We Need Your Help, Support Refugee Families

Please Make Your Contribution HERE

The Social Action Committee’s Refugee Response Team is currently sponsoring a refugee family of 5, through Lutheran Social Services, and we also are mentoring families with the International Rescue committee, and we need your help! Fore more information about our efforts to respond to the refugee crisis or to make a contribution to support this work, please email Dan Aladjem. The Social Action Committee’s Refugee Response Team has already furnished two apartments for newly settled refugee families in our area and are gearing up to furnish a third.

 

Your Spare SmarTrip Card Can Help DC’s Refugees Start Anew


Do you have SmarTrip cards with remaining value that you will not be using? Your spare card can help local refugees rebuild their life in the DC area.  With as little as $25 on a SmarTrip card, a refugee will be able to attend a cultural orientation class, enroll children in school, travel to a job interview, and go to an initial health screening.

Adas Israel is collecting spare or new SmarTrip cards for refugees in need. We are also accepting cash or checks to purchase SmarTrip cards.  All donations will be given to the International Rescue Committee to help struggling refugees make a new life for themselves. Please drop off your SmarTrip cards, cash or checks in the Adas coatroom or mail to:
Adas Israel Congregation c/o Marcy Spiro
2850 Quebec Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

For more information please contact Beth Simon.

our partners



Anne Frank House

Click here for the Anne Frank House Website!
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 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.

Viewpoint: Anne Frank House is sterling local example
By Current News Staff Writer, Mary Cheh, June 21, 2017

Anne Frank House Recognized for 30 Years of Service
Written by Sue Ducat on 22 June 2017, Kol HaBirah

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

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.

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.


N Street Village/Luther Place

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 and Luther Place Shelter. Adas volunteers prepare monthly meals for 30 women at the shelter. Volunteers also prepare Thanksgiving dinner for the Luther Place women. 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.

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.

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.

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. Reading Partners also welcomes new and gently used Kindergarten through third grade level books. Children select and read a book during their tutoring session and then take the book home for a personal library. To become a volunteer with Reading Partners, please CLICK HERE and click on volunteer today or email Lois Fingerhut.com for more information.

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.

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