Social Action

Eugene Lipman Social Action Fund Grants

As in years past, the Social Action Committee (SAC) will be making social action focused grants from the Lipman Fund this year. The SAC has approved slightly revised guidelines for considering grant requests. Key areas our congregation has identified as important: 
  • Covid-19 Relief
  • Digital Divide
  • Education
  • Environmental
  • Food/Hunger
  • Gun Violence Prevention
  • Homelessness  
  • Housing
  • Income and Wealth Inequality 
  • Jobs 
  • Refugees/Asylum Seekers/ Immigrants
  • Women’s Health 
Preference will be given to proposals to provide seed or early stage funding for new innovative projects focused on the DMV addressing the needs identified above. Grants will be awarded to 501(3)(c) organizations. Priority consideration will be given small to mid-size local non-profits (under $1 million in revenues exclusive of in-kind contributions.) However, new or special projects by larger non-profits may be considered in order to address new critical needs (e.g. Covid-19) in the DMV.
As always, our main focus will be on organizations or groups with relationships with Temple Sinai members, though the SAC may in exceptional circumstances consider innovative proposals by local non-profits that are especially promising regardless of relationship to Temple Sinai.
Applicants must demonstrate effectiveness in achieving their goals. Applications for grants in FY 2021 are due February 19, 2021. Applicants should describe how the grant will be used and should include the most recent financial information for the organization. The Committee will consider timely applications at its March 2021 meeting with decisions being announced in April. Applications and any questions should be submitted to Glenn Engelmann at

Social Action Menu

Temple Sinai is committed to work for justice in education, housing, immigration, jobs and other areas. We have signed the Brit Olam of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism (RAC) and committed through the RAC’s Urgency of Now Campaigns to protect the rights of transgender students, defend the rights of immigrants at risk of deportation, and reform the criminal justice system and end mass incarceration. Through the Social Action Committee, Women and Men of Reform Judaism and other groups and committees, we engage in direct service, advocacy, and organizing on these and a host of other pressing issues.  Below are ongoing projects and opportunities for tzedakah and tikkun olam:

Contact Us

Glenn Engelmann, Social Action Committee Chair
(202) 450-5716