7612 Old Ox Road
Fairfax Station, Virginia 22039
Get Directions  |  Contact Us

Social Action




"It is not up to you to complete the work, but neither are you at liberty to desist from it" (Pirkei Avot 2:21)




Tikkun olam, literally "repairing the world" is a cornerstone of Reform Judaism and an integral part of ongoing activities at Temple B'nai Shalom. The Social Action Committee looks for opportunities, within our temple community, and in our county, our nation, and our world, for temple members to contribute to the work of tikkun olam, through mitzvot (good deeds).

Our Social Action projects and activities are constantly expanding, and we look for new ideas, new projects, and new members. We hope you will join in one of our many projects. New ideas are always welcome.

Social Action

  • Social ActionHigh Holiday Food Collection. Each Rosh Hashanah our youth group, BEASTY, distributes empty grocery bags to each congregant attending services. On Yom Kippur, members return these bags filled up with generous food donations to be donated to the Lorton Community Action Center. We donate tons of food from this collection, which always constitutes the largest single donation the Center receives each year.
  • Chanukah Gift Collection. Each year the TBS Social Action Committee coordinates a gift collection for Holocaust survivors, Jewish families in need in the community, and residents of Jewish group homes. We also host a Chanukah party at a Jewish group home in Reston where we light the menorah, sing Chanukah songs, and give residents Chanukah presents. This program was the subject of a Washington Jewish Week article in 2010.
  • The CROP Walk. Each year TBS participates in the CROP Hunger Walk, devoted to helping children and families worldwide––and in the United States––to have food for today while building for a better tomorrow. Each year some 2 million CROP Hunger Walkers, including an ever-growing contingent of TBS walkers, put their hearts and soles in motion, raising more than $16 million each year to help end hunger and poverty.
  • Mitzvah Day. This annual event, which takes place on the first Sunday in May, offers each of our congregants numerous opportunities to help make the world a better place. Activities include making stuffed bears to give to hospitalized children, environmental clean-up, collecting gently used clothes and other items, and making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to donate to local shelters.