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 smmarklee @ comcast.net or Rabbi Levy at (415) 388-1818 or clevy @ kolshofar.org.
Southern Marin Hot Meal Program
Sun, August 14, 11:00 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.
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!”
Mark Kaplan at markskaplan @ yahoo.com or (415) 747-1408 or sign up here now!
Upcoming dates TBD; Location: Westminister
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.
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
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
Help Kol Shofar’s community garden grow food to feed the needy in our community.
Wendy Dalia, Gardening
wendyedalia @ gmail.com
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.
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 Rabbi Chai Levy at 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 Jonathan Emanuel at jemanuel @ kolshofar.org.