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Sinai Social Action

Throughout its history, the First Hebrew Congregation of Oakland has been committed to social justice and support of the community. For more about the congregation’s history of social action see “100+ Years of Social Action at Temple Sinai.” 

Sinai Social Action serves as a hub for the congregation’s commitment to the pursuit of justice and repair of our world. The committee initiates and facilitates opportunities for congregants to provide direct service to those in need (tzedakah) and to work for social justice (tzedek) through educational and advocacy activities. Sinai Social Action collaborates with the Religious School, Preschool, SiTY, WTS, Brotherhood and other Temple groups to schedule, motivate and facilitate congregants' engagement in social action and social justice activities.

Meetings are generally the second Wednesday of the month 5-6. The committee does not hold regularly scheduled meetings June, July and August. All are welcome but attendance at meetings is not required for participation in Social Action activities.

We publicize mitzvah opportunities, social justice activities, and information about committee meetings through the Social Action e-mail list, the Sinai Social Action Facebook page, the monthly bulletin and the weekly e-news.

To share an idea, join an activity or to be added to the Social Action e-mail list, e-mail

Check us out on Facebook 

Some current and recent activities sponsored or supported by Sinai Social Action:

  • Assisting with First Presbyterian Church Food Ministry to provide free meals, sack lunches, and other services to needy and homeless individuals.
  • Wednesday evening food pantry at the Telegraph Community Center
  • Ballot Education — forums for mayoral candidates and information sessions on ballot measures.
  • Drives for items donated to organizations that serve people in need.
  • Films and Speakers on topics of social justice.
  • Holiday Break Food Drives for Greenleaf School.
  • Housing and Homelessness Task Force.
  • Immigrant and Refugee Support – support for immigrant rights, advocacy and helping newly settled refugees.
  • Interfaith-Muslim Outreach – programing and collaboration with the ICCNC and Pacifica Institute.
  • Oakland Pride Parade – Temple Sinai contingent to support the LGBTQ community.
  • RAC and RAC-California – Joining with other Reform congregations to advocate for federal, state and local measures that address social justice issues such as immigrant rights, housing and homelessness, climate change and criminal justice reform.
  • Social Action e-mail list – information about social justice actions, meetings and activities.
  • Social Action Shabbat – Speakers on social justice topics.
  • Synagogues Around the World – Annual exhibit of photos taken by congregants to show support and encourage connections with other Jewish communities plus a donation where a small amount can make a large difference.
  • Teen Spring Break Food Drive for Roosevelt School.
  • Unity Seder – Outreach to the non-Jewish community.
  • Volunteer shifts at the Alameda County Community Food Bank, MedShare, and Meals-on-Wheels.

Social action and social justice activities are also organized and sponsored by other individuals and groups within the congregation: 

Read the statement of the board of trustees joining a national Jewish Declaration of a state of moral emergency. 

Click HERE to provide tangible support to detainees and separated families and take other ways to take Jewish Action. 

Wed, December 2 2020 16 Kislev 5781