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Social Action

The Social Action Committee is responsible for engaging the members of Congregation Ohr Tzafon in gemilut hasadim (meaningful acts of loving kindness) and tikkun olam (repairing the world) through Direct Action, Education and Advocacy. 

It shall address these issues through projects and activities, as appropriate, that involve putting Jewish values into action through helping others, taking care of our planet, supporting Israel and advocating for justice and human rights.

The Social Action Committee also works with our Bar/Bat Mitzvah students to complete various tzedakah projects.

The current focus project of the Social Action committee is SLO4Home. To learn more about this very important program right here in San Luis Obispo County click here.

Direct Action Programs:

ECHO - El Camino Homeless Organization
Helping those facing homelessness in our community.
**COT volunteers monthly to prepare a meal.
North County NeighborAid
A coalition of people giving direct care to our neighbors in critical need.
**COT is an Agency Partner providing support in various ways. 


SLO Food Bank
A community that believes in giving every person adequate access to nutritious food.
**COT provides monetary support through fundraising.


Mazon - A Jewish Response to Hunger
Inspired by Jewish values and ideals, Mazon is a national organization fighting to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. 
**COT raises fund during our community Passover seder. 


JCC (Jewish Community Center) Federation of SLO
Seeks to foster a united community on the Central Coast through programs based on Jewish principles. 
**COT supports assistance with various activities and fundraising.


Get On The Bus
Via Center for Restorative Justice, children are brought to California Men's Colony to visit their incarcerated dads.
**COT provides "stay connected bags" (with stationary, stamps and picture frames).
Paso Thanksgiving Dinner
A true expression of community that brings diverse people together to share the day together.
**We cook and serve dinner to community members in need.
Christmas Dinner for the Homeless
Every year our Jewish community comes together to feed the county's homeless on Christmas Day.  This occasion is used as a means of providing new warm winter clothing and sleeping bags to homeless individuals and families to help them get through our winters.

You can also help us purchase care package items by donating on the United Way SLO website on the 'Care Packages for Christmas' page.


 HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)

We support the work of HIAS as a part of their “Welcome Campaign” for congregations. This campaign affirms that we are in support of welcoming refugees to the U.S.
HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives. The Jewish community founded HIAS to support Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe. Today the clients of HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds. Their work is done with integrity, accountability, transparency and commitment to the highest ethical standards.
For more information and to add your voice to this important work please click on the following link:


Religious Action Center of the Union for Reform Judaism
Congregations are at the forefront of the Reform Movement’s social action work, from direct service to local advocacy. Go to their website to see how you can be involved.
People of Faith for Justice
An interfaith alliance in SLO County promoting peace and justice for all.

**COT is Sustaining Congregation


If you would like more information or to join our committee email our Social Action Chairperson

Fri, July 19 2024 13 Tammuz 5784