Tikkun Olam -
At Temple Shalom, Medford, the concept of tikkun olam, literally “fixing the world” is central to our synagogue community. The Temple Shalom Social Action Committee meets monthly. Our causes and commitments are local and global, secular and Jewish.
Temple Shalom participates annually in Cheshvan: International Jewish Social Action Month with a variety of hands-on events
Synagogue members donate non-perishable food year round, which is contributed to the Medford Food Pantry
The Social Action Committee hosts an annual Red Cross Blood drive.
Speakers have included representatives from Save Darfur, New England Organ Donor Bank, Heading Home Shelter, Massachusetts Climate Action Network, and many more.
For the years 5770 and beyond, the Social Action Committee has two major initiatives:
The first is to continue our tradition of partnering with a local non-profit. This year we are supporting the Medford Family Network www.medfordfamilies.org . The Medford Family Network (MFN) is a universal (everyone welcome) parenting education and family support program focusing on the positive impact and developmental process of children from birth to age 6, and the families who care for them.
One of the events which we held to support the MFN was a “Shower of Support.” See article below.
The second initiative of the Social Action Committee for 5770 is to educate the Temple Shalom Community of the ideas of a more “sustainable” Jewish community. Over the past several years we have continually found ways to make Temple Shalom more “green”. This summer have planted our first community vegetable and flower garden. Fresh flowers decorate our bima each Shabbat. Vegetables are harvested and donated to the families of the Heading Home Shelter in Medford. www.headinghomeinc.org
For more information about Social Action at Temple Shalom, please write to Melanie at