Community at Kehilat Shalom


 Make a little noise in the world… for good!

Kehilat Shalom is proud of its long time tradition of a yearly Good Deeds Day when the congregation comes together to work on projects that benefit our synagogue community and the larger community.  The synagogue engages in social action projects throughout the year, including currently collecting clothing, shoes, toiletries and toys for refugees in Nogales, Texas after Rabbi Arian visited and participated in the humanitarian work of the Kino Border Initiative there.  In December the Sisterhood puts on an annual Christmas brunch for the Men’s Shelter on Gude Dr. and this year we were able to provide socks for all the men as well as provide money to allow one of the residents to move into transitional housing.  Now we will be collecting to put together a box of essentials for the new renter.

As a member congregation of Interfaith Works Kehilat Shalom provides meals to one of its homeless shelters for women, and our Craft Club is working on making quilts for all the beds at this shelter.

Synagogue members help sort food at Manna Food Center. We also hold multiple collections during the year for food, clothing, school supplies, and other needed items.

Action in Montgomery

Action in Montgomery (AIM) is a coalition of faith-based congregations organized to identify social justice issues in Montgomery County and work to develop solutions to those issues. Kehilat Shalom is a founding member of AIM and has been in the forefront of the Congregation Based Community Organizing movement, which is now a major part of the social justice agenda of congregations around the country. Through AIM, Kehilat Shalom has improved the lives of people throughout the county by making progress on important issues such as housing, education, community centers, pedestrian safety, and transportation. To learn more about AIM, please click here.


Community of Kindness

When one of our congregants is in need of assistance, the Community of Kindness mobilizes to support the congregant and the member’s family. Whether it is providing leaders and participants for a shiva minyan or meals and transportation for someone who is ill, the Community of Kindness is there for our members in need. If you know someone in our community who needs help, please contact us at or 301-869-7699.