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At the heart of our social action work is a commitment to bring into practice the core social justice values of Judaism and to pursue tikkun olam — 'repairing the world'— through individual and group action.

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Tzedakah Box Donations

May & June Tzedakah Box

All donations made in May and June of 2019 are designated for the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham Re-entry program to help purchase essential items for “Welcome Home” boxes. to former prisoners returning to Durham.


The Welcome Home boxes are given to former prisoners returning to Durham to live and work, and contain items to meet some basic needs as they re-enter society: personal hygiene items, a week’s worth of non-perishable food, gift cards to purchase a basic pre-paid cell phone and new underwear, and a personalized letter of welcome from the mayor.   


READ about this important initiative in this May 14, 2019 IndyWeek article: Almost 750 Prisoners Were Released to Durham Last Year. The City Wants to Make Their Transition Home Easier. 




Tzedakah cannot be translated because it joins together two concepts that in other languages are opposites, namely charity and justice. It is the idea that no one should be without the basic requirements of existence, and that those who have more than they need must share some of that surplus with those who have less. This is fundamental to the kind of society the Israelites were charged with creating, namely one in which everyone has a basic right to a dignified life and equal worth as citizens in the community. - Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, from his essay "Tzedakah: The Untranslatable Virtue."



Upcoming Events

All Events
  • Sunday
    Jun  16
    Social Action Sundays: Casserole Cooking
    Sunday, Jun 16th 9:30a to 12:30p
    Join us for Social Action Sundays (SAS) every month at JRC to make casseroles to be donated to Urban Ministries of Durham.


  • Sunday
    Jun  16
    Social Action Sundays: Knitting Blankets for Project Linus
    Sunday, Jun 16th 9:30a to 11:30a
    Join us for Social Action Sundays (SAS) every month at JRC to knit blankets for Project Linus.


  • Sunday
    Jun  23
    World Refugee Day (off-site)
    Sunday, Jun 23rd 3:00p to 6:00p
    World Refugee Day at Durham Central Park. In the spirit of welcoming and celebration, the City of Durham created Durham Refugee Day. We will celebrate with FREE music, games, and community education. Food from around the world will be available for purchase. Refugee vendors, speakers, and bands will set the mood for family fun. For more on Judea Reform's support of this event and welcoming the stranger in our community.


Mon, May 20 2019 15 Iyar 5779