Social Action Resources

COVID-19 Resources

TRS is here for every member of our community. If you need help during this time – groceries, other immediate needs, or someone to talk to – please reach out to us so that we can reach out to you.

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If you have lost your job or have other COVID-19 related financial challenges, please contact us for confidential assistance.

Social Action Resources

During a time of global crisis, this commandment is more important than ever. At a moment when we’ve been called on to isolate ourselves for the community’s protection, the Torah challenges us to find ways to keep our hands open; to remember people who are in need of help and whose support systems are now under threat; and to look out for those who are newly suffering under isolation.

Below are some efforts we invite you to join, in whatever ways you can, without endangering your health or that of others. Some are focused on those in need of help within TRS, and others are focused on working with local organizations with whom the Temple is closely connected.

TRS Social Action Committee Advocacy Activities

Learn what you can do to support the TRS Social Action Committee’s efforts to create a more fair, just and compassionate world. Working both with institutions of other faiths, as well as with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, we mobilize to impact state and local policy through non partisan advocacy and community organizing. Teams of activists are working on immigration, gun violence prevention, civic engagement and criminal justice reform among other issues. Visit this link to add your voice to our efforts. Contact us at

Racial Justice Initiatives

June 2, 2020: A message from the Clergy and Staff of Temple Rodef Shalom:

In the midst of the heartache we are all feeling from the most serious and devastating health crisis of the last century, we are horrified and sickened, once again, by the systemic racism that plagues our nation, by the dehumanization of people of color.

We mourn the senseless death of George Floyd, the most recent casualty in a long list of people of color along with others in disenfranchised communities who have suffered at the hands of racial and prejudicial hatred and oppression.

Tragically, the vital messages raised up during peaceful protests have been eclipsed by violence and vandalism. Tragically, businesses that serve our communities honorably have been destroyed. Tragically, the shocking bigotry of some law enforcement officers has overshadowed those who serve with fairness and devotion – including those who protect our Temple family…

Click here to learn about Temple Rodef Shalom’s on-going racial justice efforts and how you can participate

TRS Mitzvah Box Collection

Emergency Food for SHARE and FCS

Please help provide emergency food supplies to low-income families in our local area during the coronavirus crisis. Your donations will go to two food pantries: SHARE, located in Mclean, and Falls Church Community Service Council (FCS). We’re collecting only the following non-perishable items plus reusable shopping bags (monetary donations also welcome; see below):

  • Peanut Butter (10-20 oz)

  • Jam/Jelly

  • Vegetable oil (24 oz, 48 oz)

  • Spaghetti/pasta (1 lb)

  • Pasta sauce (cans or plastic jars)

  • Ramen noodles

  • Snacks/granola bars

  • Canned proteins (tuna, luncheon meat, chicken)

  • Pancake mix/syrup

  • Canned pasta (Spaghettios, etc.)

  • Meal helpers/Side dishes (e.g. jambalaya mix, Knorr pasta/rice sides)

  • Soup

  • Crackers

  • Laundry detergent (15-32 loads)

  • Diapers (sizes 5, 6, pull-ups) and baby wipes

  • Feminine hygiene (panty liners, maxi pads) (14-18 ct)

  • Paper Towels

  • Toilet Paper

Please drop off your donations in the Mitzvah Box outside the School entrance. (The Mitzvah Box inside the Lobby is not being used for this collection.) No glass, no expired items, and no jumbo-sized items. Direct questions to Barbara Sarshik

Limit trips to the grocery store. So, if you are going to the store to get these items, please consolidate with other grocery store trips you are already making. Go shopping at a time that’s less busy. When paying, use a credit or debit card rather than cash. Sanitize your shopping cart.

AFAC-Arlington Food Assistance Corp.

Donate Money: Funds raised will go towards their food budget so they can continue to get wholesale prices directly from food vendors.

Donate food: Nonperishable items and canned food (see Mitzvah Box list above). Visit drop off instructions page and confirm the listed location is open before going.

Once you hear back, you get access to the schedule that will have these spots open. Activities include 9:15-12:15 M-F with distribution (we need about 9 people a day, young and healthy with Spanish speaking skills); 12:00-2:00 M-F with distribution part 2. Same as above, but maybe 5 people total; 2:00-4:00 M-F, restocking, cleaning, bagging dried goods, bagging produce, bagging chicken, sorting food donations. Up to 9 people.


In the wake of COVID – Homestretch families are left more vulnerable than ever. We need your help to support them now. Thank you for taking action today in partnering with us to protect homeless parents with children.

In addition to financial gifts Homestretch needs:

Aldi, Giant, Safeway, and Uber gift cards in amounts of $25 Diapers, baby wipes, paper towels, and toilet tissue. Diapers should be sizes 4, 5 and 6.

Gift cards can be purchased and mailed to Homestretch or you may make an online donation for us to purchase the gift card at Please note in the memo gift line that the donation is to purchase gift cards.

Other items may be purchased from our Amazon Wish List and mailed directly to Homestretch.

Monetary Donations:

SHARE FCS AFAC Homestretch

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