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.


Southern Marin Hot Meal Program
Second Sundays of every month, prepare lunch; 1:00 p.m. lunch served.

One Sunday a month, Kol Shofar will host a hot lunch for people in need in Marin County. Volunteers of all ages are needed to purchase ingredients, prepare, and serve food to the hungry in our community.

Quotes from past volunteers:

“This is Kol Shofar community at its best. It is a joy to work with everyone on such a worthwhile activity and see the faces of our homeless brothers and sisters.”

“Yesterday was a lovely experience of community and generosity… Working together was so much fun and went so smoothly. The luncheon that we prepared was absolutely delicious and I know that the quality of the food and the thoughtful preparation was seen and appreciated. One attendee said to me, “You don’t get food like this at the other places!”

Please contact:
Mark Kaplan at markskaplan@yahoo.com or (415) 747-1408 or sign up here now!


REST Dinner
Dates November 26, 2017, December 17, 2017, February 4, 2018, and April 1, 2018; Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Location: Westminister Presbyterian Church
Prepare or serve Sun dinners to the needy as part of our interfaith partnership to provide shelter for the homeless in our community. Contact Shana Margolis: shanamargolis@yahoo.com or (415) 254-7196.

 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.


Mill Street Shelter

Ongoing basis

We need volunteers! We work to provide food for dinner on the 4th Wednesday of each month to the Mill Street Homeless Shelter in San Rafael. Volunteers alternate months and can drop food off any time before 5:00 p.m.

Please contact Esther Rosha-Stadtler at (415) 460-5464


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.