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 (Foundation School Families)

Join our Foundation School families as together, we will be sorting donated food and packing “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.  Our young children will make cards to put in the packages.  All backpacks will be assembled on Saturday (following Tot Shabbat) or Sunday at 10:30 am and delivered on Monday. All backpacks will be assembled on Saturday or Sunday at 10:30 am (following Tot Shabbat) and delivered on Monday.

Dates 2016-2017:

  • April 1
  • May 20

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.

Co-Chairs: Cheryl Zuckerman and Diana Rosen. For more information call 305.538.7231.

*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 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: March 19 and May 7, 2017

Co-Chairs: Rachel Unger and Ashleigh Lindenauer. For more information call 305.538.7231.


Mazon is an open 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. Meets on the third Monday of each month.

Dates:  Meets on the third Monday of every month

Co-Chairs:  Linda and Frederic Friedman and Alice Miller. For more information call 305.538.7231.

Community Connection at Miami Jewish Health Systems

This is a community initiative in which temple volunteers are invited to participate.  Volunteers visit residents throughout the facility (formerly known as Douglas Gardens) bringing smiles to all.

Dates:  Meets on the first Thursday of every month at 3:45 pm

Contact:  Mark Baranek for more information call 305.538.7231 ext. 376.

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.


  • March 26 – Birthday Party for Yanella at Ronald McDonald House. Volunteers are invited to come celebrate Yanella’s 8th birthday. Please speak to Suzanne Meltzer ( to RSVP and find out what materials are needed.
  • May 7

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. They offer students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life. 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.

Chairperson:  Jodi Gallant

Partners for Self-Employment

Partners for Self-Employment is a local micro-financing organization which helps small businesses in South Florida to grow.  Maimonides taught that the highest rung on the ladder of tzedakah is to step in with help to prevent a person from becoming poor.  This organization is based on that premise, giving people a chance to be entrepreneurs and create a livelihood.  Volunteers are needed for a few hours each month to serve as mentors to those starting businesses.  Attorneys, accountants and business people are especially needed.  Stay tuned for information on training.

Date: TBD

Chairperson:  Nancy Bernstein