The Social Action Committee (SAC) works to provide BJC members with varied opportunities to perform acts of tzedakah, so that all of us can be participants in activities that improve our community and that further the goal of Tikkun Olam (“repairing the world”). The SAC helps to foster BJC‘s long-standing relationships with the National Center for Children and Families, Thrive DC (formerly the Dinner Program for Homeless Women), the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, and The Friends Club (which provides support to men with Alzheimer’s disease and their families) by regularly providing volunteer and financial support for programs provided by these important organizations. Volunteer activities recently sponsored by the SAC include:
- Community-wide blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross
- Sandwich-making and food collection for Martha’s Table
- Thanksgiving Basket preparation for residents of NCCF and the Anacostia Children’s Center
- Grounds cleaning and planting at the National Center for Children and Families
- High Holiday food collection for the Manna Food Center
- Mini-walk in support of the Fannie Mae Walk for the Homeless
- Regular dinner preparation and service for homeless clients at Stepping Stones
- Educational and awareness-raising programs in support of the people of Darfur
- Regular food collection (“Gleanings Project”) for the Bethesda Help food pantry
- Furniture and household appliance collection for clients at A Wider Circle
- Builds wtih Habitat for Humanity (along with BHPC)
- Annual missions to the Jewish Communities in Cuba
The SAC is always looking for new ways to engage with our community and the world, so please let us know if you have ideas for additional projects. We also welcome your involvement in any of our volunteer projects. For more information, please contact Harri Kramer.
Inter-Congregational Refugee Sponsorship Initiative
BJC and Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church are working closely with Lutheran Social Services (LSS) to help a newly arrived refugee family rebuild their lives in America. Please use this Sign Up Genius to join a standing committee and/or volunteer your services on a more ad hoc basis. If you are offering a service of some kind, add your name to the “Other” section and note how you would like to contribute. Such supports could include driving occasionally, being willing to provide diagnostic or other medical services on a pro bono basis, having furniture you want to donate, tutoring, translating, etc. Relevant co-chairs will contact you. All volunteers who will have direct contact with the family must complete a background check form from LLS (instructions to follow at a later date).
Thank you for your help. Please contact Evelyn Ganzglass if you have any questions.
To see a clip of Rabbi Schnitzer talking about the immigration ban on WUSA Channel 9 click here.
Chesed Society: Care and Concern Committee