Social Action

“A theology which is not a plan of social action is merely a way of preaching and praying. It is a menu without the dinner.”

– Mordecai Kaplan

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KI Needs volunteers help us reach out to our Kehillat Israel family in times of need. Volunteers are needed to provide transportation assistance, coordinate meals for congregants in mourning or during illnesses, visit KI congregants in the hospital, make phone calls, write condolence, get-well, and simha notes, knit or crochet squares for healing blankets for those who are sick or in need of healing, become a KI Walking Buddy (as an individual or as a family), and much more!

Click here to watch the KINCaring video and learn more about how to get involved.
To offer a hand to or request assistance from KINCaring, email

One on One Outreach

Volunteer Opportunity
news_277_OneonOneOutreachJune1,08Join 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.

Westside Food Bank

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 2013, we contributed with over 82,000 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

KI keeps setting records for food collection. Click here to see what we have done.

Turning Point Transitional Shelter

Kehillat Israel’s Turning Point Task Force has a long history of supporting this outstanding program. The KI Task Force prepares and serves dinner to the 55 shelter residents on the first Saturday of every month and on special occasions throughout the year. To sign up to help prepare and/or serve a meal, please contact the KI Task Force Coordinator, Angela Wilder at

Turning Point Transitional Shelter
1447 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

KFood_drive_imageI’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. more…

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!

60 Things to Do to Heal the World

Thanks to our congregation’s advocacy and generosity, the grand total for KI’s High Holy Days Food Drive was 133,215 pounds for the Westside Food Bank, exceeding our goal by over 48,000 pounds! Click here to read the thank you letter from the Westside Food Bank.!

Click here to see them all!

Terracycle center in Pacific Palisades

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, andFruit/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.