Social Action

  • The Social Action section of our website will keep you informed of upcoming social action events in the life of our congregation, bring you action alerts, and point you in the direction of helpful resources as we strive to fulfill Judaism’s mandate to engage in tikkun olam–the repair of a blemished world.




    FJC Tzedakah Box Supports the IRC, February – April

    From February through April all donations made to the beautiful, wooden Tzedakah box in the FJC entry hallway will go to the International Rescue Committee, known as IRC. Responding to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war, persecution, or natural disaster, helping people to survive and rebuild their lives. IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in more than 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. The organization resettle thousands of refugees each year in 26 U.S. cities.

    Check on this site and the FJC calendar for a special talk on the IRC by Mike and JoAnn Fishbein on Friday, March 11 at FJC.

    Visit to learn more about the IRC’s history and activities. If you are not on the Cape and would like to make a contribution to the collection for the IRC, you may mail a check (mem0: IRC, Tzedakah Box) to the FJC office at 7 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth, MA 02536.

    Shabbat Out-of-the-Box: A Different FJC Shabbat Experience

    Members Mike and JoAnn Fishbein Discuss the International Rescue Committee

    Friday, March 11 after an abbreviated Shabbat Service at 7:30 P.M.

    Immediately following the March 11 Shabbat service, Mike and JoAnn Fishbein will lead a discussion about the International Rescue Committee and the work it does in disaster relief and refugee assistance at home and abroad.  The IRC was initially formed by Albert Einstein in hopes of establishing a vehicle for Jews to escape Nazi occupied Europe.  It has since grown into the largest refugee relief program in the world.  Mike and JoAnn recently returned from a trip to Burma/Myanmar where they visited with their daughter Emily.   Emily works with the IRC in Burma helping to manage the refugee situation affecting the minority Muslim (Rohingya) community which has been marginalized by the predominant Bhuddist  population. Emily began her work with the IRC as an intern in the Washington office while a student at Georgetown University. After college she worked for the agency as a case manager with both refugees and asylum seekers in the U.S., in Salt Lake City, Baltimore and D.C.

    The Fishbeins will be discussing the role the IRC plays in refugee assistance in general, as well as the work their daughter does through the IRC with the Muslim community in Burma.  Please join us in what will surely be an educational and provocative discussion. An Oneg Shabbat will accompany the talk following a very brief (20 minute) service. Kaddish will be recited.

    All are welcome to the service and presentation – both members and non-members. If you are not a member and wish to skip the service, please go straight to Speen Hall, on your right in the entry hallway. Service-goers will join you at roughly 7:50 P.M.

    Learn more about the history, mission, and work of the IRC at

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