The Congregation Kol Ami Social Action Committee’s mission is Tikkun Olam. Tikkun Olam speaks about knowing what our purpose as Jews is. Throughout history, Jews have faced a shattered world which has needed fixing through inner devotion, study, and acts of personal kindness – all within reach, and all with the power to connect Jews to God. We as Jews are said to envision an ideal world so we need to help to repair it when it is broken.
The goal of the Kol Ami Social Action Committee is to promote, facilitate, and share diverse activities throughout the year with our congregation in order to help make our Frederick community and world better. We become involved by giving our time and tzedakah (charitable giving) to benefit people in need.
We have partnered with Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) of Frederick County and Advocates for Homeless Families specifically to address the needs of the growing number of children who are experiencing homelessness. We encourage congregants to be involved in projects and events throughout the year to help provide for these forgotten and often-overlooked children.
Additionally, our congregants have volunteered with several congregations in Frederick for the Religious Coalition Family Emergency Homeless Shelter program.
Each Martin Luther King holiday weekend, adults and youth (6th-12th grades) of Kol Ami join congregants from the Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ for a community service trip. These dedicated volunteers work to restore and repair the Franklinton Center at Bricks, a former slave plantation, in Whitakers, North Carolina.
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (the RAC) is a nonprofit organization devoted to Jewish social justice work. For more information and to get involved visit https://rac.org/.