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Community Issues - Social Action

We open dialogue and strengthen relations with our interfaith neighbors, connect our Congregation to social justice issues in our own communities, and work toward a more just society.

Members of the committee are the Temple’s liaisons with community religious and social service organizations. We plan and run several major annual congregational events, including Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat and Day of Service and the Interfaith Freedom Seder, both of which bring our interfaith neighbors from across the metropolitan area to WHC to celebrate our common experience and further tolerance and understanding.

We present lectures on social action issues and organize the Congregation’s participation in rallies and demonstrations — including the 9/11 Unity Walk, Rally Against Genocide in Darfur, vigils at the Sudanese Embassy, and political forums. To aid the vulnerable within our own community, we support efforts, such as the Second Sunday cooking project, through which Temple members provide meals for the homeless in Montgomery County.

Whether you are looking for stimulating discussion or direct involvement in projects and activities, we hope you will join us.

1,000 Ministers March for Justice


We invite you to join us on Monday, August 28, as religious leaders recommit people of faith and conscience to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream for social justice and civil rights. Rabbi Lustig and Rabbi Skloot will join other Reform rabbis, the RAC (Religious Action Center), and members of the Reform movement to affirm the importance of equality, tolerance, and equal rights for all.

The RAC is coordinating a pre-March program at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel (1330 Maryland Avenue SW) which will be followed by a walk to the Martin Luther King Memorial for a prayer vigil and commitment ceremony. The March will then proceed to the Department of Justice.

Registration for bus transportation to the pre-March program is now closed. We invite you to meet us downtown starting at 8:00 am for this event. Please register to attend by clicking here.

Lift Up Your Neighbor: Unity Walk 2017


Date: Sunday, September 10
Time: 12:30 pm
Location: Temple

The houses of worship along Embassy Row will open their doors to each other and to you at the Unity Walk.

People of different faiths, philosophies, cultures, and those who claim no faith, are invited to experience a world of traditions through music, art, architecture, service, and food. The Unity Walk is thought-provoking and enriching, bringing people together to celebrate our similarities — and our differences.

The Unity Walk is open and free to everyone. There is a suggested donation of $25 for adults and $10 for students, seniors, and those of limited income.

Click here to register to attend The Walk.

For more information, visit the Unity Walk website or email

Supporting Refugees and Providing Sanctuary

“Sanctuary” can include legal assistance, material or financial support, advocacy, education, or temporary physical shelter. Different than sponsoring refugees and asylum seekers in cooperation with the U.S. government and relief agencies, “Sanctuary” — in this context — refers to providing support for undocumented individuals (including “DREAMers”). The legal issues surrounding “Sanctuary” are both unclear and evolving.

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, we explored the critical questions that need to be asked and answered concerning Sanctuary, including, “where does civil disobedience end and obstruction of justice begin?” and “what concerns do individuals and religious institutions need to consider if they wish to provide Sanctuary and how do they differ?”

Upcoming Events

October 18, 2017 / Wednesday
Community Issues/Social Action Monthly Meeting
7:30 PM—9:30 PM

Join committee members each month for an in-depth discussion of social action issues and to plan social justice and interfaith relationship-strengthening events/activities.

November 8, 2017 / Wednesday
Community Issues/Social Action Monthly Meeting
7:30 PM—9:30 PM
December 13, 2017 / Wednesday
Community Issues/Social Action Monthly Meeting
7:30 PM—9:30 PM
January 10, 2018 / Wednesday
Community Issues/Social Action Monthly Meeting
7:30 PM—9:30 PM
January 12, 2018 / Friday
MLK Shabbat Dinner
5:30 PM—7:00 PM
January 12, 2018 / Friday
MLK Shabbat
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

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