Direct Service

For more information about any of the Direct Service Projects, please contact Rabbi Pomerantz, Clergy Advisor to the Social Justice Network, or Social Justice Fellow Maci Morse.

Blessings in a Backpack (TBSIS Foundation Level Families)

Join our Temple Beth Sholom Innovative School(TBSIS) families as together, we will sort donated food and pack “backpacks” for elementary school children at North Beach and Fienberg-Fisher elementary schools who qualify for free or reduced lunches. These children often do not have enough food to eat on the weekends or during school breaks, so the “backpacks” will help supplement. All backpacks will be assembled on Saturday (following Tot Shabbat) and delivered on Monday. All backpacks will be assembled on Saturday at 10:45 am (following Tot Shabbat) or Sunday and delivered on Monday.

Dates: Saturday, September 16, Sunday, October 15 (Sponsored by the Richard Sharpstein Humanitarian Fund), Saturday, November 18, Sunday, February 11 (Mitzvah Day), Saturday, March 17

Co-Chairs: Marina Lubow and Tiffany Hurwitz. For more information call 305.538.7231.

Children’s Home Society (CHS)

Children’s Home Society of Florida provides a safe environment for abused and neglected children in Florida. Your service is invaluable to this organization. What you can offer…

  • …laughter to these children with magic, music, reading, and games.
  • …gather school supplies, clothing, bedding, diapers, and other needed items for the shelter.
  • …help the children in the facility with their homework and school projects.

Dates: October 15, February 11 (Mitzvah Day) and April 29

Co-Chairs: Cheryl Zuckerman and Diana Rosen.

*The Tribe, our young adults group (ages 21 – 39) also makes monthly visits to CHS. If you are interested in joining them, please contact Greg Lawrence (greg@thetribe.org) or visit their website.

Keeping It Clean! Family Friendly Beach Clean Ups

Join us for a series of family friendly beach clean ups. Get ready to keep Miami Beach litter free and help keep harmful plastic and other trash from ending up in our ocean. We will connect with nature by being outside and working together as a community to improve the environment. This will allow your family to gain a sense of responsibility about their part in keeping our environment clean. L’dor v’dor (from generation to generation).

Dates: September 16, December 3, February 11 (Mitzvah Day) and April 22 (Earth Day)

Co-Chairs: Rachel Unger & Allison Greenfield

Mazon 

Mazon is a group of volunteers whose sole mission is to provide, prepare and serve a monthly wholesome dinner to the homeless residents of the Chapman Partnership. We look forward to welcoming you to join more than forty of our members who already experience camaraderie and satisfaction as they strive to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

Dates: Meets on the third Monday of every month

Co-Chairs: Linda and Frederic Friedman and Alice Miller.

Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida believe that when you change a child’s life, you change a family’s life, which can change a community and ultimately, the world. Your service will help further this vision as we spend the day making crafts, playing games, performing magic, preparing food and connecting with the families at the Ronald McDonald House, while their children seek treatment for life threatening illnesses.

Dates: October 15, December 10, February 11 (Mitzvah Day), March 18 and April 29

Co-Chairs: Suzanne Meltzer, Lisa Cicero. For more information call 305.538.7231.

Take Stock in Children

Take Stock in Children is a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income youth/students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. A mentor is a caring, compassionate adult who chooses to devote their time to a young person, offering them support, guidance, and encouragement. If you can donate one hour per week (or every other week) you can change a life by helping a child build a solid foundation of values, establish goals, improve their academic and life skills, while developing their self-esteem and confidence. http://www.takestockinchildren.org

Dates: A training session for mentors will be held at Temple on: Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Chairperson: Jodi Gallant