Shaare Tefila Congregation

Where you will always belong

16620 Georgia Avenue, Olney, MD 20832
Phone: (301) 593-3410 | Email:

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Social Action

**News from the Social Action Committee.**

Taking to heart the biblical exhortation to remember that we were strangers in a strange land, Shaare Tefila has signed on to join the Jewish response to the global refugee crisis organized by HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, but now known as the global Jewish nonprofit that protects and resettles refugees). Now, the Shaare Tefila Social Action Committee is exploring the possibility of helping sponsor a Syrian refugee family fleeing the years of civil war and terrorism in their country. A number of other local synagogues already have made this commitment. To read more about this effort, visit the HIAS website at

Stay tuned for additional information!”

Tikkun Olam (“repairing the world”)

Shaare Tefila is committed to Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, and provides members, young and old, numerous opportunities to get involved locally and globally.

People Helping People

Shaare Tefila is partnering with Olney Help (, a local organization which has been providing short term emergency assistance to greater Olney area residents for over 40 years.

Assistance includes:

  • Three-day food supply
  • Donations of limited financial aid in times of crisis
  • Access to resources

Events for this year:

Kol Nidre Food Drive to support Olney Help (

Holiday Baskets for needy families in the Olney area. This year we will be doing baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

We are “adopting” a homeless shelter for women located in Rockville called Rainbow Place (

Rainbow Place is an emergency shelter and as such, they work with women at the very beginning of their transition out of homelessness. Their primary focus is to keep homeless women off of the streets during the winter months. Their clients receive a warm safe place to sleep, a hot dinner, breakfast and a bag lunch, shower and laundry facilities, limited storage space, limited transportation, access to case management, and referrals to local social service and treatment programs.

There is something for everyone!

Greater Olney Interfaith Clery Group Thanksgiving events:

Faith Walk – TBA

Thanksgiving Service – TBA

For more information on Shaare Tefila’s Social Action activities or to volunteer to help please contact

Fran Weiss
Phone: 301-570-4347
Email Fran Weiss

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