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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.

Addressing Polarization Directly:

The pattern of polarization, demonization, and dehumanization have been seen before, and it’s happening again. One America Movement is a national organization committed to doing something about it. We’re developing a project for September 22nd at Rebecca’s Tent.  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.

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

Sun, October 20 2019 21 Tishrei 5780