Values in Action

social justice



הִגִּיד לְךָ אָדָם מַה טּוֹב וּמָה יְהֹוָה דּוֹרֵשׁ מִמְּךָ כִּי אִם עֲשׂוֹת מִשְׁפָּט וְאַהֲבַת חֶסֶד וְהַצְנֵעַ לֶכֶת עִם אֱלֹהֶיךָ:

“…what is good, and what the Lord demands of you; but to do justice, to love loving-kindness, and to walk discreetly with your G-d.”
~Micah 6:8

We strive to make the world whole by participating in Tzedek, Social Justice Programs; Rachmanut, showing compassionate behavior to those in our temple community; and Kehillah, a sense of community beyond our walls to the greater Richmond community.


Respect for one’s self and for others is the foundation of honor and the basis of integrity. A hallmark of Or Ami is to provide opportunities for open and engaging conversation on values that promote exploration of self-respect and respect for others. In this way we can strive to be kind to ourselves and to others.


Responsibility requires careful reflection on one’s moral obligations. Being responsible imposes an obligation to take action. It is not enough to sit and think – we must stand up and “walk discreetly with G-d”. Or Ami works hard to provide meaningful social justice outlets for our members and the greater community. Many of the efforts we undertake are detailed in this website.

Making a Difference

Activities are offered for those interested in either in-depth work or short term projects.

  • Feeding the homeless – once a month at the Home Again men’s shelter.
  • Mentoring/Tutoring children  – in partnership with the Micah Project.
  • Advocating for social justice with RISC – Richmonders Involved in Strengthening  our Community  –  an in interfaith effort of area congregations.
  • Building a house through Habitat for Humanity – in partnership with Bon Air Friends of Habitat.
  • Feeding and sheltering homeless families in support of CARITAS efforts.
  • Inviting speakers to educate the community on issues of justice through social action Shabbat services.
  • Working with Interfaith Outreach United – seven area congregations engaged in a day of outreach and service.
  • Collecting material and assembling comfort kits for children entering emergency foster care.
  • Communicating with law makers through the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.