Social/Community Action

donation boxCaring and Social Action Committee Helps Members in Need and the Larger Community

Please help Oseh achieve its mission of Tikkum Alum, Healing the World by helping with one or more the following Mitvot.  Additional ideas are welcome.  The Social Action/Caring and Support Committee wants you to help make Oseh a better place.

  • Help fellow member during challenging times by providing meals, rides, visits, phone calls,  etc.
  • Welcome new babies to the Congregation by delivering a Shalom Baby welcome basket.
  • Support Winter Shelter, Laurel’s traveling homeless shelter, by cooking meals, serving a chaperone, staying overnight, driving or other related Mitzvahs. Oseh does this huge mitzvah the last week of January for women and the last week of February for men. See more about winter shelter below, by far our largest undertaking.  We really need everyone to make this work. See more  below.
  • Volunteer at Elizabeth House Food Kitchen in Laurel the first Monday of the month from 6 to 7:30.  Kids welcome. Questions? email
  • Support the needy by donating food and leaving it the Oseh coat closet.
  • Bring in school supplies in August to help needy kids get a good start at school.
  • Help plant, weed and water the Oseh Garden.
  • Support our Adopt-a-Family Holiday party by buying and wrapping gifts for a truly needy family.  Each year a truly needy family, often living in a motel room or tent, gives gardening-tips-1us there wish list.  Often this is the first time these kids have had more than one pair of shoes to wear or a coat that’s not torn and too small.

If you can help with one or more of these areas, even occasionally, please contact Beth Friedman at Caring and Support coordinator, 301-332-3974.

Winter Shelter Program at Oseh

Winter Shelter provides overnight shelter to homeless adults from December thru March.  The shelter rotates to many different religious institutions in the Laurel area, including Oseh Shalom. Women and men are hosted separately and are prescreened.  We encourage you to bring your children to meet our guests.  Oseh hosts 8-12 women the last week of January and 25-35 men the last week of February.  Volunteers are needed for the following:

  • Buy ingredients and make dinner in our kitchen from 5 pm to 7 pm
  • Check-in our pre-screened guests and keep them company from 6:30 pm to 10 pm, watching TV, chatting, cleaning up dinner, etc.
  • Stay overnight to handle an unlikely emergency.  You can take turns sleeping with the other two chaperones.
  • Picking up and dropping off guests from nearby locations in Laurel
  • Read our Winter Shelter Details 2017 to learn more.
  • Questions? Contact Eileen Hollander for more information.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead

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