Ma’asim Tovim Committee

UPCOMING EVENTS: 
Hunger Banquet & Paper Plate Project
September 13, 2017 
6:00 PM in the Social Hall 

Our Maasim Tovim committee and our Wednesday night program invites you to join us for the Hunger Banquet Presentation and the Paper Plate Project. After a short dinner and a meaningful presentation by our own Phil Cohen, a volunteer at the Oregon food Bank, we will connect and explore the effects of hunger in our community and Judaism’s obligation. Following, we hope to inspire you to create and decorate a Paper Plate with insights you have gained this evening. The paper plate display during High Holidays will bring attention and call to action to Hunger in our community.

Crime after Crime Movie Screening & Dinner

September 27, 2017   6pm-8:30pm / Social Hall

Congregation Shaarie Torah  Maasim Tovim Committee, and Jewish Community Relations Counsel of the Jewish Federation is proud to present CRIME AFTER CRIME – A dramatic  story of the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated African American survivor of domestic violence. She was wrongly convicted of the murder of her abusive boyfriend, and sentenced to life in prison.

Her story takes an unexpected turn twenty years later when two rookie land-use attorneys step forward to take her case. Through their perseverance, they bring to light long-lost witnesses, new testimonies from the men who committed the murder, and proof of perjured evidence. Their investigation ultimately attracts global attention to victims of wrongful incarceration and abuse, and becomes a matter of life and death once more.

The film premiered at Sundance, and won over 25 awards, including the prestigious National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

“MOVING AND INSPIRING . . . SOME MOVIES PROVE SO EYE-OPENING THAT A VIEWER MAY FEEL THE URGE TO

RECOUNT THE STORY, START TO FINISH, TO FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCES. ‘CRIME AFTER CRIME’ IS THAT KIND OF FILM”

The Washington Post CRITICS’ PICK

JOSHUA SAFRAN, one of the two attorneys from the film, will join us after the film for a Q&A discussion. Joshua is an author, attorney, and nationally recognized advocate for survivors of domestic abuse and champion for the wrongfully imprisoned. His critically-acclaimed childhood memoir, FREE SPIRIT: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid (Hachette), chronicles his extreme childhood on the dark side of the Age of Aquarius, and is “a remarkable account of survival despite the odds” (Kirkus Reviews). Joshua has received numerous awards and national media coverage for his pro bono advocacy. His story has been heard around the world on the BBC, NPR, PBS, CBS, PRX, FOX, Authors@Google and on numerous podcasts. His essays have appeared in Salon, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post and Utne Reader.

During the 10 days of repentance, let’s join together for this important view of justice, mercy, compassion and a new beginning.

To Go dinner boxes will be offered for a modest price!

 

 

VISION & MISSION

The Ma’asim Tovim (Good Works) committee’s vision is to engage and inspire Shaarie Torah members to create a community of tzedakah, giving, and lending a hand. It seeks to respond to the concerns that are important to our congregants, such as hunger, homelessness and income inequality.

Ma’asim Tovim’s focus has multiple facets.  First, every month, we will have a food/personal toiletries drive, highlighting one of the two or three agencies we plan to work with. Look for a shopping cart in the lobby–it’s there to remind everyone to bring something when they come to the shul. It will be exciting to see the shopping cart fill up each month! Next, we will be identifying and planning two or three projects or activities through out the year, such as, Mitzvah Morning, Pink Shabbat, Blood Drives, etc…

Finally, we want to add information to the mix, to allow our members deeper learning on social issues that are important for Shaarie Torah. This may include speakers, workshops and service projects. Each activity will be filtered through a lens that reflects the Shaarie Torah vision, the potential impact on communities to be served, and Maimonides’ Seven Levels of Tzedakah.