Looking for ways to connect, meet people, learn new things, do good works in the community? We offer a host of ways to get involved.
We meet for Torah study on Saturday mornings a few times a month. Check the calendar for dates. Please feel free to join us for interesting discussions. No knowledge of Torah required!
Are you a movie buff? We offer opportunities to attend films of Jewish content at various times during the year, which also serve as fundraisers for the temple. Recently, we have partnered with the Alamo Drafthouse for airings of Fiddler on the Roof, Menashe, Yentl, and Big Sonia.
Our Social Action Committee implements a variety of important community activities. Some examples from the recent past: highly successful winter coat drive, food distribution for young people over the December holidays, no-sew blanket making project to benefit local organizations including CCAP (Congregational Community Action Project), Froggy’s Closet (providers of clothes and supplies to children at-risk or in foster care), and The Laurel Center (offering services to domestic and sexual violence survivors).
Our Sisterhood supports B’nai Mitzvah families by hosting an Oneg Shabbat on Friday night and helps to coordinate community meals after deaths in the congregation. They also keep the Judaica shop stocked with holiday essentials. Recent events include baking challahs for Rosh Hashanah, hosting our annual Sisterhood Shabbat, and meeting for brunch at a nearby restaurant.
Our Caring Committee coordinates visits to congregants who are recuperating from illness or surgery, sends cards to congregants, and makes phone calls to keep us all connected. This year, they also baked hamentaschen and delivered shalach manot for Purim to home-bound congregants.
A new, revitalized Men’s Group is in the offing, as well! More info to come on this.
We have also launched an interfaith couples group. As a congregation with a large representation of interfaith families, our couples have enjoyed this opportunity meet each other.
Our Social Action projects are woven into the lifeblood of our congregation, including:
- Sisterhood-sponsored food collection and donation to CCAP, Congregational Community Action Project, of Winchester
- High Holidays collection and donation of food to CCAP and Winchester Rescue Mission
- Participation in the WATTS (Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter) project, from overnight supervision to meal preparation to food and gift bags for homeless men and women at Christmas
- Involvement with other congregations of faith in Shenandoah University’s “Rise Up Against Hunger” program on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, including packaging 50,000 meals
- Contributions to local Thanksgiving food giveaways
We keep basic Judaica supplies in our Judaica Shop all year long, including Shabbat candles, Havdalah candles, yahrzeit candles, and Jewish-themed cards. During Hanukkah and Passover, we offer a wider selection of ritual items, games, and toys.