"If justice and righteousness defines what it means to be a Jew, then we must constantly search for ways to implement our values. If it’s the foundation of our covenant, we cannot say “I tried, I did my share.” Rather, every day we have to wake up and ask “is there something that I can do? Is there something that I didn’t do? Is there something that I could try again?” --Rabbi Steven Rein, Kol Nidre Sermon, 2017
AAC Social Action Committee Mission Statement: Agudas Achim must act to increase justice, fairness, and equity in the world.
The AAC Social Action Committee's goal is to create opportunities for members of Agudas Achim to do Tzedakah (“righteous giving”), Tikkun Olam (“repairing the world”) and Gemilut Chasadim (Deeds of Loving Kindness).
5778 (2017-2018) Event Calendar
Jewish Disability and Inclusion Awareness Shabbat
Agudas Achim will join together with other Jewish organizations and communities to raise awareness and champion the rights of people with disabilities. Please join us for the following events.
Friday, February 9, 2018
Chaya Silver, Agudas Achim’s Youth and Religious School Director, will speak during Kabbalat Shabbat Services about our ongoing efforts to ensure inclusion in the AAC Religious School, as well as various inclusion models for Jewish learning.
Saturday, February 10, 2018
During Shabbat Services, Judith Heumann, internationally recognized advocate and expert on disability rights will address the Congregation on Disability Inclusion in Jewish Life. Judy has been a member of Adas Israel since 1993, serving two terms on the Board of Directors, and as the co-chair of the Adas Israel Inclusion Taskforce.
Judy’s career has included working with non profit disabled people's organizations in the United States and around the world, serving as an Assistant Secretary at the Department of Education in the Clinton Administration, as the first Advisor on Disability and Development at the World Bank, and most recently as the first Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the State Department working in the Obama administration. She currently is a Senior Fellow at the Ford Foundation. After services and the Kiddush, please join Judy for an informal question and answer session.
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 9:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Join us as for a mini-film festival about disabilities and inclusion in the Jewish Community and a post-screening discussion. We will view three short films including an Israeli film about a young man who is losing his hearing, and does not want to give up ice skating, a film about a young man on the Autism spectrum who used assistive communication devices to enable him to have a Bar Mitzvah, and a short video about the best buddies program at Camp Ramah.
Sunday March 11th
Community Social Justice Seder
Sunday April 15th
International Good Deeds Day
How You Can Help
Contact us with questions or to discuss ways to get involved. Our congregation works to alleviate food insecurity, reduce homelessness, help the sick and institution-bound seniors, and support racial justice in partnership with local Alexandria institutions and national Jewish institutions. Click the links below to find out how to help!
- Special Focus 5778: Safe Spaces
- Special Focus 5777: Racial Injustice
- Hachnasat Orchim: Refugee Crisis Resources
- Ongoing Projects
- B'nai Mitzvah Project Resources
- Kids' Resources