Purpose: Our mission is to encourage, inspire and support congregants in engaging in tikkun olam within and outside of the community. We do this through our support of ongoing projects as well as potential projects suggested by congregants and others.
Activities: The Tikvat Israel community is committed to undertaking and carrying out projects to help repair the world and make it a better place (tikkun olam).
Past projects: Mitzvah day, Pedals for the World Bike Drives, Solar Cooker Project (through Jewish World Watch), support of our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq via care packages, clothing drives to benefit various recipients in Montgomery County, holiday outreach to Jewish residents at Potomac Valley Nursing Home and Gift of Life Bone Marrow Drive.
- Shepherd’s Table — Congregants serve homeless men and women in downtown Silver Spring on the fifth Monday of each month with a fifth Monday. (Contact Sherman Eisner.)
- Potomac Valley Nursing Home — Congregants bring naches to Jewish residents by conducting Shabbat and holiday programs, playing games with them and reading to them. (Contact Jay Goldman or Rebecca Salon.)
- Baltimore Road Cleanup — Through Montgomery County’s Adopt-A-Road Program, Tikvat Israel takes responsibility for keeping a portion of Baltimore Road free of litter. (Contact Stu and Molly Turkewitz.)
- Literacy Tutoring – Under the direction of the Greater Washington Jewish Coalition for Literacy, volunteers spend an hour each week with a second grader at Meadow Hall Elementary School working on reading fluency and comprehension. (Contact Ellen Eisner.)
- Annual Red Cross blood drive.
- Book drives to benefit Montgomery County Friends of the Library.
- Manna food drives.
- Linkages to Learning partnership.
- Holiday outreach to Jewish residents at Aspenwood Senior Living.
- Toiletries collection to benefit the Montgomery County Coalition of the Homeless.
- Project Hope (outreach to Jewish residents of Montgomery County, delivering Passover items).
We welcome new members. We meet approximately once a month on a Tuesday evening at a committee member’s home.
Contact persons: Robbi and Larry Cohen