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 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)
Sunday, April 12

Prepare or serve Sunday dinners to men in need as part of our interfaith partnership to provide shelter for the homeless in our community.

Please contact:
Shana Margolis Goldberg, shanamargolis@yahoo.com
or call (415) 254-7196

Southern Marin Hot Meal Program
Sunday, April 12
10:30 a.m. 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.

Please contact:
Mark Kaplan, markskaplan@yahoo.com
or call (415) 717-9538


National Park Service: Wilderness Restoration Project
Sunday, April 12
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Eastwood Park, Tam Fire Site
Park by the Eastwood Park tennis courts, intersection of Glenwood Ave and Eastwood Way
*Please carpool as there is limited parking

Help restore critical natural areas in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area through invasive plant removal, winter planting, and seed collection

What to bring: reusable water bottle and lunch (water stations for refills will be available)
Tools, supplies, gloves, and training will be provided

What to wear: work clothes, long pants, sturdy shoes, hat and sunscreen

RSVP to:
Dennis Klein, (415) 233-2589

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

or call (415) 460-5464

Garden Volunteers
Ongoing basis

Help Kol Shofar’s community garden grow food to feed the needy in our community.

Please contact:
Tikva Farber, Gardening

Bob Daniel, Construction


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