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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: Register for November 12 (for 6th grade and up), 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. Due to Covid-19, we are unable to volunteer in person the past two years, but we are ready to go in-person again, starting September 19 and every 3rd Monday of the month. 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. Volunteers must be vaccinated and submit waivers prior to attending please.

Dates: January 8 and April 23

Register for September 18 click here

Co-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. The School’s enrollment has been declining due to the redevelopment and revitalization of Overtown and due to the low socioeconomic status of the neighborhood. Ninety (90%) percent of our students are in the Free/Reduced Price Lunch Program. Our school also serves as the school site for students living in two of the county’s Homeless Assistance Centers (Chapman North & Lotus Village). 


Dates: Register for November 13 and  February 12

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. All participants must be vaccinated please.

Dates: January 22

Chair: Suzanne Meltzer and Ryan 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: December 10 and February 26 (Mitzvah Day).

Co-Chairs: Noah Cohen and Sarah Schulman


Giving back to Gibson Park

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

Dates: October 30 has been canceled, March 5, May 7

Chair: Suzanne Meltzer


Beach Clean-Up

Join a dedicated group of eco-minded volunteers for beach, dune and park clean-ups in and around Miami Beach. Help to keep our city beautiful and protect the ocean and waterways for us and future generations. We will be working with the Surfrider Foundation of Miami and other organizations. 

Dates: November 6 and April 1 or 2

Register for November 6

Co-Chairs: Doris Galindo and Lorin Munchick


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