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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 elementary school children right here in our Miami Beach neighborhood. Join us as we pack bags of food for children at Fienberg-Fisher K-8 and North Beach Elementary 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: September 25, November 19, December 4, March 6, May 7

Co-Chairs: Marina Ganopolsky and Tiffany Hurwitz

Contact: Tiffany



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. Due to Covid-19, we are unable to volunteer in person for the near future, however, we are accepting donations to ensure that the residents continue to have access to healthy meals. Please consider a financial contribution in lieu of serving a meal so we may continue to make a difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. You can donate at

Dates: Once Chapman Partnership allows volunteers, we wil meet on the third Monday of every month



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

Chair: Lauren Cohen

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

Contact: Lauren


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, baking, 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. 

Project Chairs: Suzanne Meltzer and Jackie Mansfield

Dates: October 3, January 23, February 13

Contact: Suzanne Meltzer  


Friends of Frederick Douglass

Please join us in assembling bags of food to benefit the students and families at Frederick Douglass Elementary. We will host two projects this school year on Sunday, December 5th and Sunday, April 3rd. We will meet in the TBS Courtyard to assemble 250 healthy food bags to help children in Pre-K through 5th grade. At Frederick Douglass Elementary, 97% of the students come from low-income families and receive free breakfast and lunch. Participants will donate food items and help assemble the bags. Participants 12 and older only please. 

Chairs: Suzanne Meltzer and Judy Gelber 

Dates: December 5 and May 22

Contact: Suzanne


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 life- threatening illnesses. We are unable to volunteer in person for the foreseeable future, however, financial contributions are still necessary. Please join us in the mitzvah of feeding the sick by sponsoring a meal on one of the dates listed below. A complete meal for the 40 residents costs $625, so any contribution is impactful. We will begin to meet in person as soon as RMH allows. To sponsor a meal, visit and indicate you are donating to the Ronald McDonald House in the comments section.  

Dates: October 24, December 19, March 6, April 10  

Chair: Suzanne Meltzer  

Contact: Suzanne Meltzer  



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