Community

COMMUNITY

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Sholomites in Jerusalem.

We hope you are interested in joining Temple Sholom. As a member you will not only find a warm and welcoming community, you will also be able to help shape the future of our congregation. Download our membership form here or call the temple office with any questions. Our membership chair will be happy to follow up with you.

Click here to pay your membership through our secure contribution pages.

Opportunities to Volunteer

Temple Sholom’s membership form assumes in its “invitation” to volunteer some expectations of its members. Each individual is expected to be a partner in building our sacred community, beyond simply paying dues. Temple Sholom offer its members a menu (fitting for a community that enjoys food), a menu of volunteer tasks they can select from, with a range of time requirements and types of expertise needed. We believe that everyone can—and should—give something.

Tikkun Olam

Tikkun Olam – Healing, repairing, and possibly even transforming the world: a vital aspect of being a Reform Jew. To address the task requires energy and practicality as well as idealism. At Temple Sholom we are exploring how to channel individual work into larger communal efforts: contributing to relief and rescue projects, often through the Union for Reform Judaism and other Jewish organizations. We also “go local” and help support a food bank through a High Holidays campaign, and year-round we accumulate cash contributions for a Queens-based kosher Meals-on-Wheels.

Other Activities

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Engaged in Study

Whenever Sholomites eat together—at an Oneg or kiddush, a monthly Shabbat dinner, a Saturday morning repast at the aptly-named Torah and a Bagel– we collect cash contributions in a battered container—our Tzedakah Box. From these collections, monthly contributions are sent to the Queens Jewish Community Council Meals-On‐Wheels Program, providing Kosher hot meals to persons who are home bound. These contributions help to keep our Kashrut-observing Jewish neighbors from going hungry. We also sponsor a Food Drive for the High Holidays For the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, we join with our neighbors from other religious institutions: the Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches as well as the local Conservative synagogue. Each congregation takes turns hosting the event, which is another reason we look forward to the completion of our new building, so that we can host our neighbors. To commemorate Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Temple Sholom joins with other local synagogues. Together we create meaningful and inspiring programs each year.

Temple Sholom is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, and we encourage our members to attend regional and national events offered by the URJ, such as the East District’s annual Shabbaton.