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ahavat chinam opportunities

Congregation Shearith strives to be a community of Ahavat Chinam, love for the sake of love, love for the sake of understanding, love for the sake of lifting one another out of despair and doing the work of healing our wounds and our illness.

There are several opportunities that are developing to do this work this new year. View the various projects below, and complete the appropriate Interest Form(s) to let us know you wish to participate in one or more initiatives.

We hope you will seize this opportunity to learn more and perhaps lead the way for our community to engage in Ahavat Chinam.  Love is not merely an emotion, love is action.


To provide financial support for our Ahavat Chinam initiatives, click the button below and select "Ahavat Chinam Fundraising" from the drop-down menu labelled "Type". 

Support our Ahavat Chinam Programs

K - 12 tutoring:

Interested in helping tutor students? CSI has launched a new opportunity for members of our community to help students who need some extra support due to challenges from the pandemic and virtual learning. Working with established programs through Repair the World Atlanta partner Mind Bubble and the National Council of Jewish Women's Atlanta Jewish Coalition for Literacy there are opportunities to work with students virtually and in-person. If you're interested please fill out the form below and someone will be in touch to get you matched to the right opportunity. 

Tutoring Program Interest Form

Addressing Polarization Directly:

The pattern of polarization, demonization, and dehumanization has been seen before, and it’s happening again. One America Movement is a national organization committed to doing something about it. Our hope is to create an ongoing connection between ourselves and Intown Community Church where we do good work and explore our real differences. 

One America Interest Form

Criminal Justice Reform

Following in the footsteps of Ebenezer Baptist and The Temple, Shearith Israel is working with Donna Stribling, the Solicitor General of Dekalb County to create a summit that streamlines a process for a person with a record to have access to meaningful employment.  These record restriction summits draw attention to the system of mass incarceration that places stumbling blocks before the poor and prevents Teshuva rather than facilitating it.  Many organizations like Georgia Justice Project, Jewish Community Relation Council (JCRC), and Repair the World Atlanta  are excited to partner with us in this work.

Criminal Justice Reform Interest Form

Supporting Immigrants, refugees and Asylum Seekers

In community with two local churches, Glenn Memorial UMC and Virginia-Highland Church, Congregation Shearith Israel is working with New Sanctuary Movement of Atlanta to form a “cluster” of congregations to support refugees applying for asylum in the U.S. Activities include ongoing support for the refugee family that Shearith Israel helped resettle in 2018 with New American Pathways, supply drives & volunteer opportunities to assist Tahirih Justice Center and numerous other learning, engagement and advocacy efforts.

Congregation Shearith Israel’s Refugee Resettlement Committee launched in 2018 by sponsoring the Ahaw family in partnership with New American Pathways. Etleni (the mom), Mohammed (30-year-old son), Hassna (16-year-old daughter), and Ahaw (12-year-old son) arrived in Atlanta in April 2018 from Ethiopia. With support from many members of the congregation - including setting up their apartment, supplying them with culturally appropriate food, raising funds to provide needed supplies, helping with cultural orientation and school registration and ongoing English language tutoring, providing dental care, taking them shopping for groceries, and arranging phone and television service - the family is getting acclimated to life in Atlanta. Learn more about the challenges they are facing and ways in which you can get involved and contribute at the button below.

Get Involved in Supporting Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum-Seekers

Backpack Buddies 

Backpack Buddies is a 501c3 non-profit organization created to supply economically disadvantaged children in Georgia with food for the weekend. Many children in our state are dependent on the "Free and Reduced" lunch program provided by their schools during the week and they have very little to eat over the weekends and holidays. Backpack Buddies works with school counselors to identify children "at risk" for hunger and then we supply them with nutritious, self-serve food that will sustain them when school meals are not available. Congregation Shearith Israel is pleased to begin partnering this year with Springdale Park Elementary School on this program by providing food insecure students with backpacks full of healthy food for every weekend during the school year.

Backpack Buddies Interest Form

Mon, October 3 2022 8 Tishrei 5783