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Tikkun Olam

We have a sacred duty to heal our world and help the stranger. We live in a time and place of staggering inequality. We embrace our responsibility as individuals and as a community to leave this place better than we found it. (Gemilut Hasadim, Tzedakah, Tikkun Olam)

Serve meals to the homeless, participate in special drives (ie:books, clothes, blood), participate in community service/mitzvah projects.

The Tikkun Olam Collective

We are a collective of members committed to bolstering the values of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) at Kol Shofar. By facilitating opportunities for our congregation to apply our Jewish values to contribute to the broader Marin community—we aspire to improve our neighbors’ health, well-being, and environment and strengthen Kol Shofar’s connection to the community. 

We’ll support members who wish to lead community service and volunteer activities. Our efforts do not involve fundraising; rather, we focus on giving members hands-on volunteer opportunities within our local community.

If you have community service ideas that you’d like to lead, please contact us. We’ll partner with you to help you execute them! Email tikkunolam@kolshofar.org with your ideas and/or if you want to join the Tikkun Olam Collective.

Community Service Corner
Casa Buena Brunch (second Sunday of each month) 
- Volunteers prepare food AT HOME for 12 people and deliver to Casa Buena by no later than 10:00 AM. Address is 1591 Casa Buena Dr. Corte Madera. 

 Jonathan's Place (third Wednesday of each month) 
- Volunteers (age 16 or older) sign up to do any or all of the following: 

1.Donate uncooked food; no food can be prepared at home
2. Help prepare and serve the meal at 190 Mill St. San Rafael (4:30 - 6:00)
3. Clean up from 6:00-7:00 PM.  

Jonathan's Place (previously Mill Street Shelter) and Casa Buena are run by Homeward Bound, the primary provider of Marin County homeless shelters and services for homeless families and individuals in Marin, California. Catch up on the latest news and events in our efforts to end homelessness. https://hbofm.org/

Panim el Panim
Panim el Panim (face to face) is an initiative at Kol Shofar whose goal is to create opportunities to get to know each other and learn about one another’s values and concerns. How do we do that? We encourage congregants to meet one-on-one or in small groups to share their stories and hopes for themselves and their communities. As these conversations take place, congregants might identify shared interests and concerns that they wish to explore further. In some instances, this exploration leads to joint activities or programs that address them.
    
As these shared concerns motivate group members to action, Kol Shofar members participate in community organizing through Marin Organizing Committee (MOC). Kol Shofar is a founding member of MOC, our local branch of this national movement, whose goal is to work at a local level toward greater community engagement and social change. This commitment is reflective of Kol Shofar’s vision “to teach, inspire, and pursue the principle of Tikkun Olam, the age-old belief that the Jewish People is a partner with God in addressing society’s ills.” To get involved with Panim el Panim contact: Gail Dorph: gaildorph@gmail.com.

The Green Team
Help care for our planet by participating in service projects such as beach clean ups, Earth Day events, educational forums around living green and Climate Change, and our Deep Green Initiative. Contact Pat Carlone: pcarlone@hotmail.com.

Marin Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Marin Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Moms Demand Action works in a multifaceted approach to address gun violence through federal and state legislative action, local government advocacy , partnership engagement, school safety, public education and electoral action.  Contact Sharon Cushman: cushfam@comcast.net.

Gemilut Chesed (Acts of Lovingkindness)
If someone is ill or returning home after surgery or having a baby, our dedicated group of volunteers provides meals. If someone needs a ride to a medical appointment, or support or home visits when going through a difficult time, they are here to provide an act of loving kindness. You can choose to help whenever you are available. To become involved, contact Adrea Goldberg: adreagoldberg@gmail.com, or (415) 748-7054.

Chevra Kadisha
Perform the mitzvot that enable our members to face the loss of a loved one with dignity and tradition. Our Chevra Kaddisha (holy society) are loving and compassionate volunteers who help when there is a death in our community. They bring comfort or food to those in mourning or to help make a shiva minyan. Some have been trained in the sacred act of preparing a body for burial. If interested, contact Nancy Diamond (nancydiamondlaw@gmail.com).

Sun, June 16 2024 10 Sivan 5784