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  Levy at (415) 388-1818 or clevy@kolshofar.org.


NEW OPPORTUNITY: 1st Thursday Lunch at Westminster Presbyterian Church
Feed the hungry in our community every 1st Thursday of the month from 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Four to five volunteers are needed each time to prep, serve, clean up. Food can be prepared at home and brought in to be reheated at church. Three to four casseroles or main dishes, some salads and desserts. 15 to 30 guests are brought from Sausalito by van from St. Vincent de Paul Society. Westminster provides the serving supplies.  If you’re interested in taking on this project as the coordinator, please contact Rabbi Chai at clevy@kolshofar.org


REST Shelter Dinner – at Westminster Presbyterian Church
Prepare or serve Sunday dinners to the needy as part of our interfaith partnership to assist the homeless in our community. Contact Shana Margolis: shanamargolis@yahoo.com or at
(415) 254-7196. 
Next on: May 6
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


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:
Next on: May 6, Jun 3
Time: 9:30 a.m – 11:30 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


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 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, please contact Rabbi Chai Levy 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 Rabbi Chai Levy clevy@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 Alona Shahbaz at ashahbaz@kolshofar.org.