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Social Action/Tikkun Olam Community Bulletin Board


Name Type of Opportunity More information from EtzNik

Help people become healthy, employed and housed using innovative solutions.

Immediate Opportunity: WeHOPE is building container homes for the homeless on Wednesday, September 23 from 8 am to 4:30 pm in Partnership with the City of San Jose and Habitat for Humanity. This project is very special to us and we have a few spots left for our "build day." The Mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo will be joining us. No experience is necessary. Habitat for Humanity trains and works with people of all skills levels (even those with no skills).  Contact:

Dina Bartello
Fire Relief  Donation opportunities to help familes who have lost everything in the fires. Ted Schachter
Bend the Arc South Bay

Volunteer opportunities to write Letters, Post Cards, and Phone Calls to get people to vote.  

Lisa Rogers
Resistance Labs Volunteer opportunity to send texts for voter registration and other issues. Tatiana Granoff
Sunnyvale Community Services Volunteer and donation opportunities at local food bank and social services agency. Sharon Solomon
IsraAid Donation opportunities for crisis relief around the world Sharon Solomon
WomenHeart Knitting Red Scarves for Women who have had heart attacks

Sarah Schachter

Menlo Spark Donation opportunity for climate neutrality Mitch Slomiak
Sunday Friends Donation opportunity for school supplies Abra Greenspan
Palo Alto Silent Protest Against Systemic Racism Silent protests along El Camino on Sunday Afternoons With Spark Church
Get Us PPE Make phone calls to match PPE donations with hospitals, senior facilities, clinics, etc. that need the Shelly Fisher Fishkin
Ladle and Leaf's Farm Fresh to You  Buy food from restaurant so it stays in business and feeds people who need help Lisa Alexander
San Mateo County Strong Donation opportunity for county services Lisa Alexander


In addition to the bulletin board, you can also look through a pre-compiled local resources list.


The Etz Chayim Areivut Committee is an umbrella committee and focal point for the community support and social justice work we do at Etz Chayim.

Areivut (עריבות) translated from Hebrew, means "responsibility” or guarantee -- responsibility to one's community and responsibility to the world. 


Contact the Team Leaders below if you want to be on the impact team and plan activites.


Bulletin Board Items from Areivut Committee:

Areivut Impact Teams Type of Opportunity More information from EtzNik
Areivut (Community Responsibility) Committee Contact impact team leaders and plan activities  Ted Schachter
Mitzvah Chavurah Support people when they are ill and during Shiva minyans Sue Weber and LIz Shane
Mitzvah Singers Visit local senior residences and other small group visits to sing Karen Bergen and Sarah Macalusco
Housing Impact Team Work on short and long-term initiative to provide safe and affordable housing David Bergen and Lisa Ratner
Food for the Hungry Impact Team Conduct regular fundraising drives for Second Harvest and canned food drives for Ecumenical Hunger Project Mark Lee
Immigration Impact Team Support new Americans and refugee resettlement Dana Kornfeld
Manzanita Coalition Participate with other institutions to improve the lives of Bay Area workers and their families Kate Lorig
Youth Activites/Involvment Engage in hands on tikkun olam projects Abra Greenspan and Henry Shane




Donation Opportunities 

Volunteer Opportunities
Submitted by Dina Bartello

Posted 9/14/2020

Several of you have asked about volunteer opportunities at the organization I work at, WeHOPE. Here are a few ideas. We are also open to customizing an opportunity so don't hesitate to reach out to me with ideas or questions. We are working with Mark Lee, leader of the Food for the Hungry Impact Team to plan activities for the coming year.  

Immediate Opportunity: WeHOPE is building container homes for the homeless on Wednesday, September 23 from 8 am to 4:30 pm in Partnership with the City of San Jose and Habitat for Humanity. This project is very special to us and we have a few spots left for our "build day." The Mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo will be joining us. No experience is necessary. Habitat for Humanity trains and works with people of all skills levels (even those with no skills).  Contact:

  • Preparing or serving dinner - this is a great group activity that can either be done onsite in our kitchen or can be done off-site. If done off-site you can gather your group and assign items to cook and each person can prepare their item in their kitchen. We have groups that do this via Zoom so that everyone is preparing the meal "together' but are physically distancing. They then drop the food off at the shelter and the WeHOPE staff serves it.
  • Planning a sock drive- socks are the most requested item in the homeless community.
  • Collect and assemble hygiene kits. This can be made into a Zoom activity as well. If you are interested in this opportunity let me know and I will get the common items that go into the kits.
  • Washing the outside of the hygiene vehicles and trucks. We can always use help to clean the vehicles on Sundays. If anyone is interested in being outside and doing physical activity.
  • Prepare peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for encampment residents. Again, this can be done onsite as a group or as a Zoom activity. WeHOPE staff take the sandwiches out to encampment residents.
  • We have a special Thanksgiving meal/party that we have every year the Thursday before the holiday. We have live music, a traditional meal and activities. If musicians and signers are interested let me know. We can have the event outside this year and plan for the musicians to be physically distanced.

The are also opportunities to donate money:

  • $20 Provides 10 individual bottles of hand sanitizer to homeless individuals
  • $30 Provides 24 hygiene kits to homeless individuals living in encampments
  • $50 Provides 10 nutritious meals to kids experiencing food insecurity
  • $75 Provides 53 - 1 gallon bottles of fresh water to individuals living in encampments
  • $100 Provides enough detergent to do 405 loads of laundry for those living without a home
  • $200 Provides a hand-washing station for 1 month to a homeless encampment
  • $850 Provides a 4-hour shower/laundry service session to individuals living without a home

If you are interested in organizing a group activity,  contact Dina directly or send a message to and we will get back to you.





Fire Relief

Donation Opportunities 
Temple Beth El, Aptos (CZU Fire Fund)

Hebrew Free Loan  (Fire Relief Loans)

S.F.-based Jewish Family and Children’s Services   (Wildfire and Emergency Relief Fund)

Jewish Community Federation
 (Wildfire Emergency Fund) 

Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley. (Wildfire Relief Fund)

Submitted by Ted Schachter

Posted 9/2/2020

Temple Beth El is in Aptos and they have setup the Temple Beth El CZU Fire Fund because they have members impacted by the fire.  Generally, people need cash. 

The congregation has started a fund to support members who have lost everything

They expect to be making distributions through December.

This article describes how local Jewish agencies are ready to provide fire relief.

Hebrew Free Loan or (415) 546-9902 ext. 110. - Get help with immediate needs or longer-term recovery costs related to a natural disaster. Loans can be turned around within days

 S.F.-based  Jewish Community Federation -100% of the funds raised will be deployed in the fire-ravaged region.

S.F.-based Jewish Family and Children’s Services or (415) 449-3700. (Wildfire and Emergency Relief Fund)  

Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley - Wild Fire Relief Fund. (Wild fire Relief Fund)





Election Team for Bend the Arc Jewish Actions

Volunteer Opportunities to write letters, postcards, phone calls. You can sign up on our website.

Submitted by Lisa Rogers

Posted 8/21/2020

Bend the Arc Jewish Action is a movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews all across the country. We stand up for immigrants and other marginalized communities, oppose white supremacy, and fight for criminal justice reform and economic equity. Our local chapter covers the Peninsula and South Bay.

Most importantly, right now  we are working to get out the vote, especially in places with a record of voter suppression and swing states. Here are some of the activities we're currently offering. We will be adding more before the election. You can sign up on our website or talk to me anytime to find out more. In all cases, no prior experience is necessary and you can do as much or as little as you like.

1. Write letters to encourage under-represented or unlikely voters in swing states to vote. We have a "virtual letter-writing party" on Zoom every other Wednesday at 7:30 -- with nice people and interesting discussion -- or you can do it on your own time.

2. Write postcards or make phone calls for Reclaim Our Vote, which helps voters of color in voter-suppression states get registered, get ballots, and get to the polls. ROV is affiliated with the NAACP and Mi Familia Vota. Again, we do postcarding or phone banking parties together on Zoom, or you can do it on your own. Possibly adding text-banking soon.

We also welcome suggestions for other get-out-the-vote activities. Send your ideas to Lisa Rogers.


Sunnyvale Community Services 

Volunteer Opportunity and 
Donation Opportunity at Sunnyvale Community Services

Donation Opportunity - IsraAid

Submitted by Sharon Solomon

Posted 8/20/2020

I volunteer regularly at Sunnyvale Community Services, a local food bank and social services non profit.

Founded in 1970, Sunnyvale Community Services is an independent, nonprofit emergency assistance agency assisting residents in Sunnyvale and the Alviso neighborhood of San Jose. Their mission is to prevent homelessness and hunger in our local community.

We also donate to IsraAid in addition to other organizations.  Their mission is to support people affected by humanitarian crisis. They partner with local communities around the world to provide urgent aid, assist recovery, and reduce the risk of future disasters.




Knitting Scarves for Women Heart

Volunteer Opportunity for WomenHeart

Submitted by Sarah Schachter

Posted 8/20/2020

Knitting Scarves for WomenHeart

The scarf I received means a lot to me.  As a WomenHeart champion, I get to give them to new women who join our group.

Since I am in the area, if you can get the scarves to me I will send them to the address that is provided. Please know how important this scarf will be to a woman who is newly diagnosed with heart disease. Your scarf will be sterilized and sealed. WomenHeart in D.C. will send it out to WomenHeart chapters in the US and Canada. It could even be sent to our chapter. I just ordered 20 scarves for our chapter.

If you want more information about WomenHeart their email is If you are a woman with diagnosed heart disease, and want to know about the El Camino chapter, please contact me and I can give you more information.


Menlo Spark 
Donation Opportunity  

Submitted by Mitch Slomiak

Posted 8/20/2020

I co-founded this non-profit which intends to move the Menlo Park community toward climate neutrality and share best practices with as many other small cities as will listen. I’ve been working on local climate action for about 12 years and my efforts include education, mentoring, strategic collaborations, supervision of an outstanding Executive Director, and much more. 

Volunter Opportunity
"Sign Up To Text" or Donation Opportunity

Submitted by Tatiana Granoff

Posted 8/18/2020

Resistance Labs - Sign up to Text

I am working with,They provide tech support and texters for all kinds of progressive groups, I have worked on both political issues (voter registration, absentee ballots, GOTV) across the country and have done a lot of texting to encourage participation in the Census by traditionally undercounted communities. 

This has been very rewarding as people respond to texts and often with surprising warmth. ( I am on an app, not using my cell or my number)

I have had truly heartwarming exchanges...and heartrending ones as well in this COVID time. Sometimes it seems I have reached someone who is really isolated and it just feels like a mitzvah.


Sunday Friends

Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

Submitted by Abra

Posted 8/9/2020

Annual Tikkun Olam Sunday Friends School Supplies Drive

Now through August

The need still exists in our communities. Our annual summer Sunday Friends School Supplies Drive is on. This year, the greatest needs are character backpacks and lunchboxes (e.g. Frozen, Marvel comics, etc.) and calculators! The Sunday Friends Treasure Chest store has gone online. Click here to learn more.

Families make online orders to pick up at the weekly drive-thru distribution centers. While we are not actually collecting items at our Etz Chayim building, there are three ways to donate: 1) Sunday Friends are able to receive physical donations at their office location on Friday and Sunday mornings. 2) You can order items to be delivered to their offices. 3) Cash donations are also greatly appreciated and will be applied to the purchase of school supplies. Whatever method works for you, let's continue our annual summer tradition of helping to make the world a little bit better.


Palo Alto Silent Protest against systemic and individual racism

Sunday from noon to 1 pm

In  conjunction with Spark Church

Posted 6/28/2020

Each Sunday from noon to 1 pm, we will stand with posters to send the message to our community that we must work together for racial justice. It is both a protest against systemic & individual racism and a way of standing in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters.

We will spread out among various intersections along El Camino Real in Palo Alto, both to maintain social distancing and to make a greater impact as people drive along El Camino. Our goal is to maintain safety--we're still in the middle of a pandemic!--and to gather with people who want to reflect a similar mood.

Please follow these guidelines:

  • No socializing or chatting. Stay 10 feet apart from the people near you. Be respectful and give space to those who are using the sidewalk. Feel free to try out a few different spots around the intersection to find one that has high visibility and still is socially distant.
  • Wear face masks.
  • Do not come if you or someone in your household is sick or whose health is compromised in any way.
  • Bring a poster.
  • Recommended, especially as it gets warmer: bring your own water, sunscreen, hand sanitizer.

For more information send email to



Volunteer Opportunity

For more information about  

Submitted by Shelly Fisher Fishkin 

Posted 6/28/2020

I don't know whether Etz Chayim ever shares worthwhile volunteering opportunities with congregants. If so, I though I'd encourage you to share this one. I just sent this info to some family and friends with the subject line, 'something to consider doing if you have a few hours to help with the Covid-19 crisis.'

I volunteered this week with “Get Us PPE” an organization created to help match sources of PPE donations with hospitals, senior facilities, clinics, etc. that need them.

They need more volunteers. The training took an hour on Sunday (they’ll do it at a time that works for you—its with a small group on zoom). Then you get lists of organizations to phone and a form to fill out with their needs. GetUsPPE then tries to fill their needs from the information you help them gather. A lot of your calls just end up reminding a clinic to return the survey they were sent to update their needs via email. And some say they don’t need any more PPE. But one person I called who’s in charge of 28 mobile COVID-19 testing units in Colorado had me report that they had a desperate need for 200 disposable gowns. So sometimes what you do can make a difference,

Anyway, the volunteer commitment they’re looking for is 5-6 hours. I did most of the calls I were assigned in about 4 hours yesterday. You need to call back numbers up to 4 times before giving up. I wanted to encourage you - if you have some time on your hands and a cell phone - to consider volunteering. You can volunteer at the second link below.

No obligation. Just thought I’d share this. Also, please feel free to share it with people you know and with any organization that could help them get volunteers.


Food is my personal Tikkun Olam Project

Ladle and LeafCommunity Food Support with Ladle and Leaf

Donation opportunity:
San Mateo Strong

Submitted by Lisa Alexander 

Posted 6/28/2020

These are a few ways I am involved in local efforts:

Community food support:  I buy a box of produce and other items from " Ladle and Leaf's Farm Fresh to You" which has reduced our family's trips to grocery stores. I always add a small donation that helps them to feed the community. I think there are many other services that also give back to our communities.

Several churches and at least one synagogue (Beth Jacob in Redwood City) are providing information about how to buy food for our families, support a local business, and help individuals as well as St. Anthony's food programs.  Ladle and Leaf (San Francisco Soup Compan;y) have had to close all but one of their retail eateries and they are keeping as many employees as possible working from a central kitchen. You can buy TP, masks, gloves, large bags of flour and packages of yeast, as well as soup, salads and sandwiches. Everything we've tried has been tasty and healthy - well, I have not tried their cookies! They can take orders as late as the night before.

You can also donate to San Mateo Strong: You can choose to help individuals/families, small businesses, non-profits or wherever the need is greatest.


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