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 dcastelli at kolshofar dot 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 at sbcglobal dot 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 at gmail dot com with questions. Or sign up:
Time: 9:30 a.m – 11:15 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 at gmail dot com.
Help Kol Shofar’s community garden grow food to feed the needy in our community. Please contact: Wendy Dalia, Gardening wendyedalia at gmail dot com
To volunteer for a blood drive, please contact: Dawn at Dcastelli at kolshofar dot org
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 Dawn at Dcastelli at kolshofar dot 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 Dawn at Dcastelli at kolshofar dot 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, contact Dawn at Dcastelli at kolshofar dot 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 at kolshofar dot org
Be the Match: Help Norah get a Bone Marrow Transplant Match!
Congregants Ed and Sharon Cushman are a part of a community of people helping a young child in our Bay Area Jewish Community. Norah, was recently diagnosed with Fanconi Anemia, and she needs a bone marrow match. We are inviting the community to registered with Be The Match, the national bone marrow donor registry. If you are not a candidate, please know that the biggest impact that any of you can have is to share Norah’s story and to encourage as many people in your communities as possible to register. Finding a match is a numbers game and the more people in the registry, the better the chances of Norah and others in need finding a life-saving match.
While we encourage you to visit the website first, the direct link to sign up with the Be the Match Registry through Norah’s campaign is https://join.bethematch.org/swabfornorah