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No, this is the fast I desire:

To unlock the fetters of wickedness,

And untie the cords of the yoke

To let the oppressed go free;

To break off every yoke.

It is to share your bread with the hungry,

And to take the wretched poor into your home;

When you see the naked, to clothe him,

And not to ignore your own kin.

                                      --- Isaiah 58:6-8

As part of our collective teshuva, we offer action items to do between now and Yom Kippur. They are organized by the focus areas Or Shalom has chosen as a community. We’ll take time to reflect about our experiences on Yom Kippur. We are doing The Fast I Desire in parallel with Congregation Sha’ar Zahav.


When you take action on any of the items below or have questions, please email Leslie Roffman,, or Margo Freistadt,! Thank you and L’Shanah Tovah.


Donate to food pantry serving our undocumented neighbors.

Faith in Action’s weekly food pantry serves 500 bags of fresh organic produce,  eggs, dairy and masks to Latino immigrants, many undocumented, from Mission and Bayview, and helps with other emergency and long-term needs. Mark your donation for the food pantry. Or Shalom is a member of Faith In Action Bay Area, a network of 120 faith groups working for social justice. 

Join Friends Afuera - support a specific detainee 

Support a detainee (caught up in the U.S. immigration system) through an exchange of personal letters and $30-60 monthly donation for commissary. Several individuals and groups at Or Shalom are doing this and are starting optional monthly Zooms to discuss their meaningful experiences. Learn more here.

Demand justice and safety  from our governor for detainees during COVID 

Contact Governor Newsom and demand that he investigate conditions and deaths from COVID 19 at private ICE detention centers; stop transfers of those released from prison to ICE detention; and support the release of detained parolees on humanitarian grounds.  Call: (916) 445-2841 Write: and click on  “Contact.”


  • Join with Mazon, a Jewish Response to Hunger,  in urging your Congressperson to prioritize food stamps (SNAP) in the next Covid response bill.

  • Third Baptist Church is running a clothing and PPE drive. They need masks, hand sanitizer, and clothing. All clothing is welcome. T-shirts are especially needed. Drop off during business hours. Knock on the door at 1399 McAllister St.  Find out about ongoing Third Baptist Church volunteer opportunities by contacting Elliot Helman at

  • Donate to Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates. Environmental justice group’s focus is community empowerment. Right now, they are buying in bulk at the Produce Market and distributing about 100 boxes of produce, mostly in the Bayview. They plan to evolve into a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and eventually open a community-owned grocery store. 


  • Patronize Black-owned businesses in San Francisco or the Bay Area, and urge  your friends and family around the country to do the same.

  • Get educated with San Francisco Public Library’s reading list for everyone who wishes to be a better antiracist.

  • Donate to Black Lives Matter - Oakland-based global movement for freedom, liberation and justice


  • Reduce your carbon footprint in your home and workplace. Eat less meat and dairy. Use sustainable modes of transportation.
  • Contribute to Youth vs Apocalypse. Or Shalomer Nadja Goldberg is a leader in this diverse Bay Area-based group of young climate justice activists.

  • Take action with Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, a grassroots group that works to close down polluting facilities and advocate for environmental justice in California, including San Francisco.


  • Coming soon to Or Shalom!! Learn about Prop 15. Sign up now!!. Or Shalom is
    sponsoring a talk about Prop 15 on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. Ben Grieff, a leader of the campaign, will talk about modifying Prop 13 to require large corporations to pay their fair share of property taxes.
  • With Faith in Action, reach out to registered but infrequent voters in D9, D10, and D11 to listen, connect and talk about voting, especially state Prop 15 and San Francisco Prop I. The goal is to build relationships and power in our neighborhoods for the long term.
  • Join Reclaim Our Vote in reaching out to voters of color in states where voting is being suppressed.
  •  Vote Like a Woman - Take the pledge, and help reach out to millions of unregistered women, to help them get registered and vote in this centennial year of women’s suffrage in the U.S.
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