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The Fast I Desire

The Fast I Desire:
Tikkun Olam Actions for the Days of Awe

As part of our collective teshuvah, the Tikkun Olam Committee invites Or Shalom members to make repairing the world a priority in this year’s High Holy Days practice. We are inspired by the prophet Isaiah’s call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and shelter the homeless.

We hope that between now and Yom Kippur, we will all participate in or sign up for at least one of the actions below, which are listed in the five priority areas of the synagogue’s Tikkun Olam work. We will take time during Yom Kippur services to reflect about Isaiah’s call and our experiences.

Racial Justice

  • Join Or Shalom’s new Racial Justice Circle. We will work to promote racial justice both within our congregation and in the larger community. The group is currently forming, and members will decide on our first steps together. Please sign up here
  • With other OS members, participate in the  San Francisco Black-Jewish Unity Group, which sponsors educational forums and takes action toward racial, social, and economic justice. See website to sign up for one of the four sub-committees focusing on criminal justice, economic development, health and welfare, and civic engagement.
  • Walk with the Chinatown Safety Patrol to show your support for the Asian American community in light of recent attacks. Anyone can join the patrols, which meet each weekday at 5:30 p.m. in Portsmouth Square. 
  • Contribute to the Ramaytush Ohlone. The Ramaytush (rah-my-toosh) are the original peoples of the San Francisco Peninsula. They have created a Yunakin Land Tax, a financial contribution from those who now live on the homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone. You can make one-time or recurring contributions. 


  • The Jewish Community and Family Services East Bay asks for your support for recently arriving Afghan refugees by making a purchase from their Amazon Wish List . Visit their site for more ways to help. 
  • Sign up to participate in an outdoor COVID-safe conversation with Or Shalomers and Spanish-speaking members of Faith in Action, who will share the current realities of SF immigrants’ lives. We will discuss how we can be in solidarity with them.

Safety Net

  • Volunteer or contribute to  St. Anthony’s dining room. The Southside Jewish Collaborative, which includes Or Shalom, regularly prepares and serves lunches to the homeless at St. Anthony’s.
  • If you have clothing that you rarely wear, consider donating it to  St. Anthony’s Free Clothing Program.
  • Urge Gov. Gavin Newsom to honor his campaign promise to bring universal health care coverage to California. Sign the petition here. Or write an email here

Climate Change/Environment

  • On Monday, Sept. 13, come have a beverage and write some postcards to your elected officials about support for stronger voting rights and climate change legislation. Or, in a year when all will be encouraged to release our debtors, you can ask Congress to relieve student debtProof of Covid vaccination will be required. Register here.
  • Contact elected officials to advocate for climate justice and related social justice issues with Or Shalom’s  Dayenu! Circle. You can do these actionson your own or with the group. Email to be added to the Dayenu! Circle’s email contact list.
  • Participate in a family-friendly beach cleanup with the Surfrider Foundation on Sept. 26, at Baker Beach, 10 a.m. to noon. The cleanup will be followed by an Or Shalom bring-your-own picnic lunch. Information about what to bring will be provided when you register here.


  • Protect voting rights in Florida ! Phone Bank with ACLU of Florida to prevent voter purges.
  • Send postcards with the Center for Common Ground to voters in Virginia to get out the vote for statewide elections. 
  • The Poor People’s Campaign provides weekly opportunities for online and local actions on their Moral Mondays. Its priorities are broad enough to touch on all five of Or Shalom’s focus areas, with the goal of creating an equitable and just democracy. 
Wed, July 6 2022 7 Tammuz 5782