Social Action

The West End Synagogue Social Action Committee works to encourage WES members to express their Jewish values concerning tikkun olam through continuing and expanding their outreach to the community and efforts to aid and improve the lives of those in need.  The committee broadens members' awareness of different social justice issues through periodic speakers and supports and develops initiatives to reduce hunger and poverty and assist the homeless, in the Nashville community. 


Examples of past projects include:

  • Help to provide safe shelter and meals at the synagogue to homeless men in the Room in the Inn program
  • Support Metro Public Schools' services for homeless and underprivileged children through collecting needed clothing items, packing backpacks of supplies, and tutoring children in shelter housing
  • Hold a drive to support Second Harvest Food Bank; and helping to pack emergency food boxes at Second Harvest.

Click HERE to see photos of the Social Action Committee.


For more information or to join the committee, contact Susan Berk-Seligson by clicking HERE.  


Upcoming Opportunities 


Start off your New Year by rolling up your sleeves and volunteering to serve the greater Nashville community. The WES Social Action Committee has several projects to help you “repair the world” (Tikkun Olam).

The synagogue, for the first time, is partnering with the Martha O’Bryan Center in East Nashville to help improve the lives of children, youth and adults living in poverty. Volunteer needs include the following options. For additional information and to volunteer, contact Adrianna Flax at 254-1791, ext. 124, or email her at

·   If you are interested in tutoring, extra help in reading and math and homework is needed for K-8th grade students, Mon.-Thurs. from 4-6 p.m. at the Martha O’Bryan Center, 711 S. 7th Street, and for 9th-12th graders at Stratford High School.

·  Classroom Helper in the Early Learning Center

· Sharing with the children particular skills and talents, such as dance, music, art, cooking, gardening

· Adult Education, at the Center

· Delivering Meals on Wheels to seniors and the homebound in the 37206 area, M-F, about one hour starting 11:00-11:30, picking up meals and directions at the Center

· Kid’s Cafe: set up, warm and serve food, clean up, for a meal for families within Cayce Place, Mondays, 3:30-5:30 pm.

· Read & Eat, a program of the Early Learning Center, in which children bring home a small bag of produce along with information about the food item and a recipe; volunteers needed to bag food items and deliver to classrooms

· Community Garden:  help plant, maintain, and harvest MOBC garden beds – flexible times

· Building and Property Care:  may include grounds, painting, beautification or small renovation projects O'Bryan volunteers photo.JPG clientuploads/Martha O'Bryan packing boxes.JPG clientuploads/Martha O'Bryan freezer.JPG clientuploads/Martha O'Bryan loading refrigerator.JPG


ROOM IN THE INN WES begins our annual outreach to 13 homeless men on Monday nights, beginning Nov. 4 and running for 10 weeks.  Volunteers are needed to prepare food, to serve food and to stay overnight with the men. You can also donate the following food items: breakfast cereal, hot chocolate mix, peanut butter, jelly, chips and cookies in individual packs for their lunches, snack food for the evening and salad dressing. Think of these men when you change over to your winter clothing. Donate those unneeded sweat shirts, sweaters, rainwear, socks, gloves and hats in large sizes.  For information or to volunteer to stay overnight, contact Jim Handler at or 230-1246. To help with food preparation or donations, contact Cheryl Lane at or 646-1212.

If you have qustions about or suggestions for projects, please cotact Susan Berk-Seligson, Social Action Committee chair, at

Check out the West End Synagogue News and Calendar to see what's happening at WES.