FRIENDS OF SHOMER SHABBAT SCOUTING

Utilizing the Scouting program to serve youth in the traditional Jewish community

Silver Spring, MD   |  https://www.shomershabbatscouting.org

Mission

Promote and assist in the delivery of, in Jewish Sabbath-Observant groups and settings, the Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America of promoting the ability of boys and young men and women to do things for themselves and others, training them in Scoutcraft, and teaching them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues.

Ruling year info

2015

Principal Officer

Yehuda Katz

Co Principal Officer

Dr. Howard Spielman

Main address

Po Box 4032

Silver Spring, MD 20914 USA

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EIN

47-3844407

NTEE code info

(Scouting) (O40)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Shomer Shabbat Contingent to the National Jamboree

The BSA National Jamboree, typically held every four years, brings together about 40,000 Scouts from throughout the United States and many other countries. For young men, this is one of the premiere events in a Scouting career. Scouts participate in a Jamboree only as a member of a Jamboree Troop within an official Council Contingent. In any Scout Council, there are only a small number of individuals with the requirements listed above, thus making it very difficult to respond to these needs: while preparing for the Jamboree (e.g. Troop meetings and the mandatory weekend-long Pre-Jamboree Training session), while traveling to and from the Jamboree (e.g. travel & touring schedules, and food), and while at the Jamboree (e.g. program schedules). If these requirements are not met, then these Scouts cannot attend the Jamboree.
This challenge is addressed ‘The Shomer Shabbat Contingent’. These Troops will eliminate all barriers to entry, and will allow full access to the spectacular Jamboree experience, for Scouts whose observance of the Boy Scouts of America’s 12th point of the Scout Law ...“A Scout is Reverent”... includes observing the five requirements of:
 Kashrut - The Jewish dietary laws at all times,
 Shabbat - The Sabbath from sundown Friday to nightfall on Saturday,
 Tefila - Daily prayer services in the morning and afternoon/evening,
 Limudei Kodesh - Opportunities for ongoing religious learning,
 Tzeniut - Modesty in dress and behavior, especially with regard to the interaction between boys and girls, guided by religious law.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

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Board of directors
as of 01/03/2022
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Board chair

Yehuda Katz

Sheldon Freidenreich