We are always looking for interested volunteers to assist with everything from helping our shul run smoothly, to helping the community at large.
Some areas that we need help with are:
- Administrative Assistance
- Reading Torah/Haftarah
- Environmental Sustainability (recycling programs, etc.)
You can also participate in the volunteer outreach groups and committees (listed to your left).
The Social Action Committee is involved in many interesting and worthwhile projects. Congregants may join us for any of these opportunities as listed below:
- Performing Mitzvah Day Projects
- Working on gardens around the synagogue
- Making blankets for Children’s Protective Services
- Organizing High Holiday and Passover Food Drives
- Volunteering at Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services
- Cooking dinner for Veterans at De George at Union Station
- Partnering with other Religious Organizations to feed the homeless at SEARCH
- Working with Bar/Bat Mitzvah students on social action projects
- Working with PTO to provide toys for Children's Protective Services in December
- Collecting books (new or very gently used) for Harris County Hospital District’s Half-Pint Library
- Collecting toiletries and baby items (diapers, food, clothing) for Children's Protective Services
- Participating in the yearly "Run for the Rose" race which benefits the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation (Brain cancer research)
The Committee welcomes suggestions from congregants about additional projects that members would like to participate in or undertake.
Please contact Laurie Silverblatt to get involved.
Enroll in a Weekly Farm Share from Plant It Forward Farms
Plant It Forward is a Houston nonprofit organization that provides urban farming business opportunities to resettled refugees. We farm using only sustainable methods at our four urban farm locations. We harvest and deliver fresh produce 52 weeks a year and every purchase directly supports the livelihoods of resettled refugees (our farmers) building their lives here in Houston.
Our Farm Share program allows customers to subscribe for a season of fresh produce, and pick-up their vegetable share on a weekly basis at a convenient neighborhood location like Brith Shalom!
Brith Shalom's farmer is Toto Alimasi (photo by Amy Scott).
Alimasi is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where he was a high school French teacher and a human rights activist. He and his family (to include his wife, PIFF Farmer Fatuma) spent many years in Uganda after being forced to flee the DRC, and it was there where they learned market farming techniques. They were granted resettlement in the U.S. and arrived here in 2011. Alimasi speaks English, Swahili, French, Lingala, and Fuliiru. What he most loves about Houston is “the welcoming people and the community around my children’s school.” His favorite thing about farming is to see the culmination of his hard work through harvesting and sharing a meal of food he grew himself with his family. His favorite crop to grow is okra! (Fun fact: Alimasi means ‘diamond’ in Swahili).
Enroll in a weekly farm share! The cost is $21.00 per week for a Petit Portion (5-6 items) or $30.00 per week for a Grand Portion (8-11 items). Plant It Forward delivers to Brith Shalom every Sunday. Shareholders may pick up their farm-fresh produce between 9:45 AM and 12:15 PM.