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Blessings in a Backpack (TBSIS Foundation Level Families)

Blessings in a Backpack is one of Temple Beth Sholom’s direct service programs which provides “backpacks” of snacks for food insecure school children right here in our Miami Beach neighborhood. Join us as we pack bags of food for children at Fineberg-Fisher K-8, North Beach Elementary and others schools who qualify for free or reduced lunches. These “backpacks” are delivered to counselors at each school who distribute them to children in need, particularly over long weekends or school holidays when some children have limited food options. 

Dates: February 26 (Mitzvah Day), April 1, at 10:30am

Co-Chairs: Tiffany Hurwitz, Kelsey Levey and Marina Ganopolsky


Mazon (Chapman Partnership)

Mazon is a group of volunteers whose sole mission is to provide a monthly wholesome dinner to the homeless residents of the Chapman Partnership. We welcome you to join our many members who already experience camaraderie and satisfaction as they strive to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Please register in advance and choose the dates you wish to participate Register for Chapman Partnership

Dates: Every month on the 3rd Monday of the month.

Co-Chairs: Richard French and Judy Gelber


Miami Bridge with The Tribe (Young Professionals)

As part of The Tribe’s commitment to civic engagement, cultivating community, and building leadership, The Tribe has partnered with Miami Bridge, an emergency home serving kids ages 10 to 17. The Bridge provides a full range of services including in-shelter counseling, field trips, in-home counseling and reunification with family. The Tribe volunteers at Miami Bridge monthly and provides a special volunteer day on Christmas where they cook brunch with the Miami Bridge residents. Young professionals are encouraged to join a volunteer day. More info is available at or by emailing

Dates: Determined on a monthly basis. Please refer to the website or contact Lauren Cohen, The Tribe Program Coordinator, to find out specific dates and times

Chair: Lauren Cohen


The Lotus House

The Lotus House is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women, youth and children. They provide sanctuary, support, education, tools and resources that empower the residents to heal, learn, grow and blossom into who they are truly meant to be. Please join us for a day filled with cooking, decorating baked goods, assembling craft projects, gardening, serving meals, and lots more. We hope you can help bring joy to the families that reside at the Lotus House. Community service hours are available.

Dates: March 12 @ 11am

Chairs: Suzanne Meltzer


Bags of Happiness

Please join us in assembling 300 bags of food to benefit the students and families at Phillis Wheatley Elementary School. We will meet at 10:30 am at the Palm Island Park on Palm Island, Miami Beach to assemble healthy food bags to help children in Pre-K through 5th grade. Participants will donate food items and help assemble the bags.

Phillis Wheatley Elementary School, Home of the Hornets, is a prekindergarten through fifth grade Title I school with approximately 190 students. The school is located in Historical Overtown. Community service hours are available.


Dates: May 21 at 11am

Co-Chairs: Suzanne Meltzer and Judy Gelber 


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. The Ronald McDonald House supports families with children who are undergoing treatment for various illnesses.Your service will help further this vision as we spend the day making crafts, playing games, performing magic, preparing food and connecting with families whose children are undergoing treatment for life threatening illnesses. For this project, we will be cooking food at a home and delivering to the Ronald McDonald House. Community service hours are available.

Dates: April 2 and May 7 @ 11am

Chair: Suzanne Meltzer and Ryan Meltzer


Giving Back to Gibson Park

Please join us for a day of fun with the children ages 5-18 who attend programs at Gibson Park in Overtown. We will serve lunch, play sports, assembly craft projects, and much more.

Date: to be announced

Chair: Suzanne Meltzer


The Sweetest Gift 

Help decorate delicious homemade cupcakes for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House, area hospitals and homeless shelters! Following the activity, the cupcakes will be delivered to RMH and other locations. Volunteers are welcome to help deliver the cupcakes with their own transportation.

Dates: February 26 (Mitzvah Day) and a date to be determined

Co-Chairs: Noah Cohen and Sarah Schulman


Beach and Dune Clean-up

As we focus this year on climate change and the environment, join us in keeping our beaches, dunes, parks and waterfront clean. Join a group of volunteers as we work with various non-profits that are working to save our nature resources so that they can be enjoyed by us and future generations.


Co-Chairs: Lorin Munchick and Doris Galindo

Fri, March 31 2023 9 Nisan 5783