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Sato is currently involved with the following causes:


Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities: an interracial, interfaith, nonpartisan organization uniting diverse congregations. Together, we build the power of organized people in Richmond, Chesterfield, and Henrico to take direct action for just policies and practices.

This year we are working on the housing crisis and decreasing group violence. These issues were voted on by RISC members back on the fall and we spent several months researching solutions. We will be asking the mayor and city council for additional funds in the affordable housing trust fund and the eviction diversion program and when appropriate we will be asking the mayor and police chief to contract with the National Network for Safe Communities. 

Exciting RISC news! 
TBE members participated in a meeting with the Mayor, asking him to allocate $6 million to Emergency Rental Assistance. Four days later, the Mayor announced that he would do it! Richmond has the second highest numbers of evictions in the US and we are working diligently to change that! 

To find out more about this very exciting and gratifying organization please email Kristen Gorin.


Save the James

 Calling all walkers, boaters and paddlers! Plan now to help James River Advisory Council clean up the river at any of the numerous official cleanup sites along the James. For more than two decades, the James River Regional Cleanup has attracted hundreds of volunteers who roam the shorelines on foot and cruise the water in boats to clean up trash, an effort that is a tremendous benefit to the river, its wildlife, and the people who visit and enjoy the river.  A group of TBE members participate in this event once per year. The event has been cancelled in 2020; future date to be determined.

The Shoe Ministry Program

The Shoe Ministry is composed of  Richmond area congregations with a goal of distributing 4500 pairs of new shoes to school-age children in need every Labor Day, just in time for school. Every summer Temple Beth-El collects new children's shoes (closed-toe shoes; any size)  and helps distribute the shoes at the Labor Day event. The goal for our part is 300 pairs. 

July 2020:  Due to COVID, we are now collecting monetary donations only this year. Please consider donating by August 31.  See form on right side of this screen.


The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy engages people of faith and goodwill in advocating economic, racial, social and environmental justice in Virginia’s policies and practices through education, prayer and action. Please email Marc Rutman.

SATO's Chesed Work

Thank you to all of the TBE members that donated to a local family in need. We collected all of the items they needed and more!  A few congregants are passionate about getting SATO-CHESED projects going!  Are you passionate about local food insecurity or collecting items for families in need? Email Nora Miller.

Want to get involved with Habitat for Humanity? Email Don Glazer. In conjunction with TBE leadership, SATO is currently exploring these future partnerships. We are only gathering information at this time.






Refugee Volunteerism Opportunities click here


Temple Beth-El is a HIAS Welcome Campaign Congregation.
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