Tikkun Olam

TIKKUN OLAM (Repairing the World)

Kol Shofar offers many opportunities to engage in Tikkun Olam at the synagogue and in our surrounding community, including *REST (Rotating Emergency Shelter Team) * Mill Street Shelter * our Community Garden * Marin Organizing Committee (MOC) * Gemilut Chesed (support for those who are dealing with illness or loss) * Bikkur Cholim (Visiting the Sick) * Chevra Kadisha (Holy Burial Society) * Ongoing food collections and Blood drives * Beach and Park Cleanups * Periodic Shelter Restorations

To volunteer for these projects, please contact the coordinators below. If you have an idea for a new project or for those without a coordinator, please contact the Tikkun Olam Coordinator Steve Lee at (415) 843-1488 or at smmarklee@comcast.net or Rabbi Chai Levy at (415) 388-1818 or clevy@kolshofar.org.


Rotating Emergency Shelter Team (REST)

To volunteer, please contact Shana Goldberg at (415) 380-8841 or at shanamargolis@yahoo.com

Prepare and serve dinner to men in need as part of our interfaith partnership to provide food and shelter for Marin’s homeless. For five winter months, Marin’s congregations open their facilities to the homeless. One Sunday each month, Kol Shofar prepares and serves dinner to homeless people at Westminster Church in Tiburon.
2015 dates:January 25, February 22, March 22, April 12

Mill Street Shelter
Contact Esther Rosha-Stadtler at rstadtler@sbcglobal.net

ongoing – the fourth Wednesday of the month.
Prepare a home-cooked meal for residents of the Mill Street Homeless Shelter in San Rafael. We ask that you commit to cooking and delivering a dish every other month over the course of one year.

Food Pick-Up and Delivery for Extrafood.org
Contact Lynne Simon at

Help end hunger and reduce food waste in Marin.  Pick up excess, fresh food and deliver it to programs serving Marin’s most vulnerable populations. You can do pickups/deliveries when and where it’s convenient for you, or help build and join a once a month Kol Shofar pick-up from Sunday’s Civic Center Farmer’s Market.

Community Garden

Community Garden  and Food/Farm/Environment Events

Volunteers help build raised beds, plant, prune, water, harvest, and/or deliver our produce to people in need. To volunteer, contact Community Garden Coordinator Tikva Farber at hebrewwithtikva@comcast.net.

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) with First Light Farm
Contact Jonathan Emanuel at jemanuel@kolshofar.org

Support a local farmer! Celebrate the biblical Shmita year by making the connection between food, health, the land, our community and social justice by purchasing a share in First Light Farm and picking up your box of fresh, organic veggies at Kol Shofar each week.

Golden Gate Recreation Area Trail Cleanup & Repair
Contact Dennis Klein at dklein@boundarysolutions.com

Help improve trail conditions in the Marin Headlands.  –  This is an ongoing campaign to cleanup clean up and repair our trails.

China Camp Cleanup, Spring cleanup dates to be announced.
Contact Louise Lipsey at louiselipsey@gmail.com

Help to maintain beautiful China Camp State Park.
About China Camp State Beach- China camp is part of a national research reserve used to study wetlands, educate the public and promote environmental stewardship. The park features bay vistas, beaches, forested hills, salt marshes and a museum commemorating the hundreds of residents from Canton, China who lived and worked in this spot at the turn of the century. China Camp beach was founded by three Jewish women — Elizabeth Ferris, Sandy Koshari and Kol Shofar congregant Louise Lipsey.

Kol Shofar’s Tikkun Olam Clean up project at China Camp State Park!

On Sunday Nov 2nd an enthusiastic group of Kol Shofar adults and children participated in a successful Tikkun Olam project at China Camp State Park. Everyone did a wonderful job helping clean up some of the beaches in this beautiful Park. It was a fun afternoon for all and even the weather was perfect. Kudos to everyone who came, and we are planning to return again in the Spring. Here are some comments from participants: Edye Corren wrote …“ It was an amazing way to spend time with the community and meaningful for my family.” And from Beverly Pinto, …” It was such a beautiful day and we were reminded of the treasures that we have in our own backyard.”
Yasher Koach to all!
Louise Lipsey, (China Camp State Park founder and Kol Shofar member)
(Participants: Alyson Geller and Steven Lee and Rudy, Lisa and Stan Deck and Yvonne Brown, Marty and Miki Perlmutter, Diane Yermack, Barbara McEntyre, Beverly Pinto and Elliot Levin and Sam, Blaine and Edye Corren and daughters Raya and Noe, Meg Rose, Stephen Roth and Ruben, Maxine Cohen, Iris Krauss and children Julian and Lilah – plus of course Mike and Louise.)

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Panim El Panim

Kol Shofar is a founding member of The Marin Organizing Committee (MOC), part of a national movement whose goal is to work at a local level toward greater community engagement and social justice. We have named our synagogue’s branch Panim El Panim (Face to Face). This name reflects our belief that creating a community in which we get to know and care about each other’s values and concerns is the springboard to becoming partners with our larger community in caring for and repairing the world. Currently Pamim El Panim are working on issues of healthcare, immigration reform, human trafficking, and a permanent shelter in lieu of REST.

To volunteer, please contact Panim El Panim Chair Gail Dorph at (415) 389-8741 or at gaildorph@gmail.com

Caring Community

Ongoing Blood, Food and Other Drives

We often place barrels in the lobby to collect food for those in need. We also host blood drives. To volunteer for a blood drive, please contact Steve Goldberg at (415) 479-4598 or SteveGoldberg_srca@hotmail.com. If you’re interested in leading or participating in any other drives, please contact Tikkun Olam Coordinator Steve Lee at (415) 843-1488 or at smmarklee@comcast.net.

Gemilut Chesed (Deeds of Loving Kindness)

Gemilut Chesed volunteers at Kol Shofar recognize that through deeds of loving-kindness, we show our love and responsibility to friends and to our community.  By celebrating lifecycle events or by comforting mourners and the ill, we seek connections to one another. We provide meals for the ill or bereaved, visit the sick, and help with errands. To be included on the list of volunteers to be contacted as help is needed, please contact Gemilut Chesed Coordinator Rhea Brown at (415) 389-9121 or rheabrown1@comcast.net or Rabbi Chai Levy clevy@kolshofar.org

Bikkur Cholim (Visiting the Sick)

Includes volunteers who’ve been through a training conducted by Rabbi Chai Levy or by the Jewish Family and Childrens Services and are individually selected by the rabbis to be an extension of rabbinic pastoral care. They are matched with congregants who have long-term illnesses or ongoing needs for visits. Their work supplements visits by the rabbis who are not able to make weekly visits. To volunteer, contact Rabbi Chai Levy at (415) 388-1818 or clevy@kolshofar.org.

Chevra Kadisha (Holy Burial Society)

Our loving and compassionate volunteers who help out when there is a death in our community. They bring comfort or food to those in mourning or help make a shiva minyan. Some are able to lead shiva minyan services; others do shmira (sitting with a body awaiting burial). Some have also been trained in tahara, the sacred act of preparing a body for burial. To be included on the list of volunteers to be contacted as help is needed, please contact Chevra Kadisha Coordinator Brenda Gates-Monasch at(415) 892-4130 or at brendargm@gmail.com

B’nei Mitzvah Class Tikkun Olam Projects
Our B’nei Mitzvah kids learn about taking responsibility for their community through monthly Tikkun Olam Projects.
Contact Jordan Hopstone at jhopstone@kolshofar.org