Tikkun Olam

“There shall be no needy among you…”
(Deuteronomy 15:4)

Kol Shofar offers many opportunities to engage in Tikkun Olam at the synagogue and in our surrounding community. 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 Rabbi Steinberg at (415) 388-1818 or psteinberg@kolshofar.org

Perform the Mitzvah of Feeding the Homeless
The Mill St Shelter team is looking for a few more volunteers to help us prepare and deliver a meal once a month to Mill St. Your assignment would be to prepare a part of the meal once every Two months. If you would like to be a part of this remarkable team, Contact Esther at rstadtler@sbcglobal.net.

Mill Street Shelter – at Mill Street Homeless Shelter in San Rafael (190 Mill St.)
Once a month, usually the first Sunday, join us as we prepare and serve brunch for 20-30 residents and enjoy the meal with them. Contact Randi Lachter at (415) 888-2241, rlachter@gmail.com with questions.  Or sign up:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c49afaf292-kolshofar1 
Next on: July 1, August 5
Time: 7:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m.

Volunteer Tutors Needed: Marin County School Volunteers to Adopt-A-School
MCSV offers opportunities for Marin students to receive tutoring and mentoring support and for community members to engage in meaningful volunteer activities. Marin’s public school population includes significant numbers of ‘at risk’ students. Many of these children are English language learners from recent immigrant families who live in poverty and are eligible for free and reduced lunch. MCSV focuses its efforts on these students at targeted schools.

The MCSV Adopt-A-School model pairs a community organization with a high need school. Kol Shofar has chosen to partner with Laurel Dell Elementary School in San Rafael. (MCSV is also happy to place volunteers at a school site of their choice if preferred). Laurel Dell is an MCSV targeted school. MCSV will provide an orientation session for congregants from Kol Shofar who are interested in volunteering.  Sign up with Newt Harband at newtonharband@gmail.com.

First Light Farm
Community Supported Agriculture
Buy a fresh box of delicious fruits and vegetables! Sign up here. Send questions to Lisa via email.

Garden Volunteers
Ongoing basis
Help Kol Shofar’s community garden grow food to feed the needy in our community. Please contact: Wendy Dalia, Gardening wendyedalia@gmail.com

Caring Community

Blood Drives
To volunteer for a blood drive, please contact Stephen Roth stephenroth@gmail.com.

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 Rabbi Steinberg at (415) 388-1818 or psteinberg@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, please contact Rabbi Steinberg at (415) 388-1818 or psteinberg@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 Rabbi Steinberg at (415) 388-1818 or psteinberg@kolshofar.org

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 Rabbi Paul Steinberg at psteinberg@kolshofar.org