Click here to read Rabbi Reuben's sermon regarding this topic.
The Kehillat Israel Network of Caring - KINCaring - needs volunteers who can help us reach out to our KI family. Volunteers are needed to:
Please contact KINCaring to offer a hand or request assistance by contacting Marcia de Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join with other volunteers to package and distribute grocery baskets to low-income families in South Los Angeles.
One on One Outreach is grassroots program that provides groceries to low income families in South Central L.A. One Sunday every month volunteers meet to pack and deliver groceries door to door in the neighborhood we serve. One on One was established in 1998 by Ashly Plourde who saw a need in his own neighborhood for families to receive assistance to make it through the end of each month. We deliver on the 3rd or 4th Sunday of every month. This usually takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. From small beginnings of 20 boxes of food we now deliver 150 boxes to apartments. We deliver 1000's of tons of free groceries annually. In the last few years KI members have donated their time and money to supporting this 100% volunteer program. They have seen the benefits of helping and interacting with the recipients of these boxes of groceries.
To sign up to volunteer and to get more information on One on One contact KI member Michael Schwartz at email@example.com
Kehillat Israel is the single largest donor of food to the Westside Food Bank. We collect food year-round in Westside Food Bank barrels located at our main entrance. A special emphasis is placed on the Food Bank each year during the High Holidays. For the past several years, we have broken the record we set the previous year. In 2011, we contributed 30,000 pounds of food.
We also participate in Food Sorts each year in May and December, helping the Food Bank staff organize the thousands of pounds of food they receive to deliver to local food panties. It is a hands-on, family-friendly experience that everyone can do together, from pre-schoolers to grandparents.
B’nai Mitzvah youth can get involved by organizing a food drive and then participating in a food sort.
Contact Bruce Rosen for more information about the Westside Food Bank at BRosen5555@aol.com.
KI keeps setting records for food collection. Click here to see what we have done.
Turning Point Transitional Shelter
1447 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
In Amsterdam, on her seventh birthday, Deborah said goodbye to her family, and was put on a bicycle pedaled by a young woman of the Dutch underground. She was taken to a farm village where she became “Greta” and lost her Jewish identity. Over the next three years, she was moved through a series of six hiding places.
“I remember trying to be quiet and good so they wouldn't give me to the Germans. I felt like a suitcase, being picked up here and put down there,” she recalls.
At the end of the war, she was her family’s sole survivor. Now 76 years old, she lives frugally on a minimal budget in the Fairfax District, and cannot meet the rent increase her landlord has imposed. The thought of being evicted from her apartment has re-traumatized her and sent her back to being on a bicycle and being passed like a suitcase among strangers
This is not your average holiday boutique!
KI's Tikkun Olam Committee has committed to "adopting" 3 families this holiday season through Jewish Family Service. more >
The Foster Youth Alumni (FYA) Co-Mentoring Project offers a unique opportunity to support foster youth who are "aging out" of the foster care system.
During Mega Mitzvah Day on May 5, 2013, we made clay bones to be laid with one million others on the National Mall in Washington D.C. on June 8 as a symbol to end genocide.
Click here to see a photo.
Dani Leshgold raised enough money to buy 80 desks for children in Malawi as her Mitzvah Project.
Click here to see her on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.
Thank you Dani! You make all KI very proud!
KI’s commitment to Tikkun Olam led us to establish the first Terracycle center in Pacific Palisades, where people can recycle Oral Care items (used toothbrushes and toothpaste containers), Drink Pouches, and Fruit/Veggie Crushers – all items that would otherwise end up in a landfill?
Collect these items and home and bring them to the bins outside of the ECC/JEC.
Click here to see them all!
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