Social Action

A key concept in our tradition is that we all are made B’tzelem Elohim, in God’s image. As people who take this seriously, we are therefore obligated to provide for the hungry, cultivate our land, watch our carbon footprint, and find ways to elevate and include all members of our community.

Kol Shalom has many opportunities for congregants to engage in Tikkun Olam, repairing the world:

Winter Relief

Winter Relief is a program run by the nonprofit Arundel House of Hope, which provides emergency shelter for the homeless during the coldest months of the year. Congregation Kol Shalom participates as a host site every winter. Our synagogue’s volunteers provide meals, hospitality and oversight for our guests. 

Sanctuary Uganda

Sanctuary Uganda is run by three young Jewish leaders: Asher, Moshe and Rachel.  Their organization provides shelter, Jewish schooling, and love for dozens of orphaned and homeless children in Mbale, Uganda. Kol Shalom has sent toys and essential supplies to support this organization. 

Racial Reconciliation Collaborative

Congregation Kol Shalom is a proud participant in the Racial Reconciliation Collaborative. The program invites members of our diverse community to join in difficult, but important, talks about race and other issues that too often divide us—and about the things that should hold us together.

Watershed Stewards Academy

Congregation Kol Shalom has received multiple grants from the WSA to create an eco-friendly campus. We support the WSA’s mission of creating sustainable landscapes and clean waters.

Anne Arundel County Food Bank

Our Daniel Rothman Religious School students donate to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank throughout the school year to help combat food insecurity in Anne Arundel County.  In addition, we make a financial contribution each Yom Kippur to support the Food Bank’s mission.