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For more information about any of the Direct Service Projects, please contact Rabbi Ethan Bair, clergy advisor to the Social Justice Network.

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: November 16, February 23 (Mitzvah Day), April 4

Co-Chairs: Jillian Barnett, Marina Ganopolsky, Tiffany Hurwitz, Rachel Samek, Andrea Wagner

Contact: Tiffany

 

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 beaches clean. L’dor v’dor (from generation to  generation). 

Co-Chairs: Rachel Unger and Allison Greenfield 

Dates: November 17, March 1, May 10

Contact: Rachel

 

Mazon 

Third Monday of every month

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: We meet on the third Monday of every month

Co-Chairs: Linda and Frederic Friedman, Alice Miller, Leslie Graff and Rachel Pollock Singerman 

Contact: fman1@aol.com

 

Miami Bridge with The Tribe

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 https://thetribe.org/tikkun-olam/ or by emailing info@thetribe.org.

Chair: Adam Trautenberg

Dates: Determined on a monthly basis, please refer to the website or contact Adam Trautenberg to find out specific dates and times

Contact: Adam

 

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 families whose children are undergoing treatment for life threatening illnesses. 

Dates: November 24, January 26, February 23, April 24

Co-Chairs: Lisa Cicero, Suzanne Meltzer  

Contact: Suzanne Meltzer  

 

Citizenship Clinics

This year, as part of our focus on Immigration Justice, we will volunteer with our partner, the Florida Immigrant Coalition, to help immigrants with paperwork for permanent residency and citizenship in the U.S. Native English speakers can be very helpful to relatively recent immigrants daunted by the paperwork necessary for these applications. 

Dates: November 10 at Lauderhill Mall

Contact: Rachel

 

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 Jacquelynn Powers 

Dates: November 17, January 12 or 26, March 29, May 17

Contact: Suzanne Meltzer  

Sat, November 16 2019 18 Cheshvan 5780