Social Justice

Tikkun Olam

The goal of Shoreshim’s Tikkun Olam programming is to be a force for positive social action, charity and healing in the broader community by organizing and engaging our Shoreshim members in social justice work.
Three initiatives have engaged our organization for years:

A Simple Gesture is a bi-monthly food collection program started by Shoreshim in 2015.  It provides food to our local pantries in a manner that makes it easy for everyone to participate.  “You fill the bag, we do the rest.” As of January 2018, over 800 families across Western Fairfax County participate as Simple Gesture food donors. In addition to donating food, many members of the Shoreshim Community provide administrative, sorting, and pick-up support for this valuable mission throughout the year.
For more information, visit: coolgreenbag.org

Since 1974, The Closet of Greater Herndon, Inc. has provided gently used clothing and other household necessities to low-income families at nominal prices. In addition, profits from the Closet are donated to worthy community organizations and used to provide scholarships to disadvantaged graduates from five area high schools. Members of Shoreshim have long served on the Closet Board of Directors and many members and their children volunteer countless hours at this small but important community thrift shop. Contact: Sheila Barrett  sheshebb@aol.com
For more information visit: theclosetofgreaterherndon.org/

Cornerstones, formerly Reston Interfaith, began years ago as an interfaith human service effort and has grown into a large, multifaceted social service non-profit serving countless citizens in Northwestern Fairfax County. Cornerstones promotes self-sufficiency for those in need by providing food, shelter, affordable housing, and other support services.  Members of Shoreshim have served on the Cornerstones Board of Directors for many years, and individuals and families within Shoreshim commit many volunteer hours to this worthwhile organization. Contact: Steve Silver, Shoreshim Representative to the Cornerstones Board ssilver628@aol.com
For more information, visit: cornerstonesva.org

Tzedakah

In Hebrew, Tzedakah literally means righteousness. Our Tzedakah fund – made up of contributions received during High Holiday services, distributions from the Closet, and donations from members and non-members – allows us to extend our reach even further.

The Tzedakah Committee meets once a year to recommend organizations that Shoreshim can support with modest grants. For the 2019-20 year, Shoreshim sent financial assistance to:

Cornerstones – Shoreshim has long supported this nonprofit, serving Northern Virginia, that promotes self-sufficiency through support and advocacy for those in need.

Family Pass Fairfax – Helps families that are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Fairfax County. Daily calls for emergency assistance have increased from 240 in all of April 2019 to over 600 in just one week of April 2020.

Loudoun Hunger Relief – For the past 26 years, LHR has served as Loudoun County’s primary emergency food pantry, providing food assistance to the hungry and food insecure in Loudoun.

Pathway HomesFounded in 1980, Pathway Homes provides non-time-limited housing and supportive services to more than 600 adults with serious mental illness and other co-occurring disabilities in Northern Virginia.

NOVA Dental Clinic A facility where low-income residents from throughout the Northern Virginia region can access oral health care services.

Second Story (Formerly Alternative House) – Transforms the lives of Fairfax County children, youth, and their families by providing safe havens and opportunities for them to grow and thrive.

Tahirih Justice Center  – Provides a broad range of direct legal and social services, policy advocacy, and training and education to protect immigrant women and girls fleeing violence.

Hypothermia Prevention Dinners – In addition to the financial contributions mentioned above, the community partnered with other local religious organizations to provide meals for the Embry Rucker Community Shelter in Reston.  We provided, prepared, and served food for community members in need.

Members who wish to join the Tzedakah Committee, or have suggested recipients for the committee to consider, should contact Sharon Canner sharon.canner8@gmail.com