Deuteronomy 15:11 "For there will never cease to be needy ones in your land, which is why I command you - open your hand to the poor and needy kinsman in your land."

 social action

The mission of our Social Action Committee is to energize and involve the members and friends of Shomrei Torah Synagogue to improve the lives of people in our local communities, in Israel, and across the world.

SOCIAL ACTION PARTNERSHIPS

 

PROJECT OPEN HANDS

Join Project Open Hands as we partner with:

Downtown Women's Shelter and Hope of the Valley Hot Shower Program - We collect and package toiletries for distribution to this important program
Netiya - a food and faith network that cultivates gardens on unused land at faith based institutions to grow and tithe nutritious food 
Crafters IICrafting Group - meets weekly (every Thursday 7-9 pm) to create clothing and other necessities for people in need.

 

 

 

IMAGINE LA PARTNERSHIP

We have recently begun a partnership with Imagine LA, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that works with faith-based organizations by matching teams of mentors with families who are struggling to break the cycle of homelessness to provide them with some support and guidance to stay on track. For more information on opportunities at STS with regard to Imagine LA, contact Stu Silverstein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

LOS ANGELES FAMILY HOUSING

A group of STS members has been volunteering at Los Angeles Family Housing facilities (LAFH) since 2016. LAFH is a nonprofit organization that helps people transition out of homelessness and poverty through a continuum of housing and supportive services. Our group has been supporting families at a 9-family bridge housing facility in Northridge by helping children with homework, reading and playing games, and by donating school supplies, books, and other items. In addition, we have served meals and helped with free clothing distribution at the main transitional housing facility in North Hollywood which houses a couple of hundred people. There are lots of meaningful opportunities to volunteer with LAFH in the future, including the collection of household and personal supplies, providing supportive seminars, meals, and back-up support to the staff. These volunteer opportunities have been very rewarding. The volunteer coordinator is open to new creative ideas. For further information, please contact Ruth Huberman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Diane Kaffka at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

SHOMREI TORAH SYNAGOGUE LITERACY PROJECT

For the last six years, Shomrei Torah Synagogue has provided a strong contingent of volunteers to local elementary schools to mentor children struggling with their reading. In fact, STS provided one of the largest groups of volunteers in the city to Koreh LA, a citywide childhood literacy program run by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

When Koreh L.A. was shut down for budget reasons at the end of the last school year, the STS social action committee decide to keep the literacy effort alive by launching the Shomrei Torah Literacy Project. Through the synagogue's new literacy initiative, more than a dozen STS volunteers this coming year will continue meeting with one or more elementary school students for at least an hour a week. The Shomrei Torah Synagogue Literacy Project also is planning to add a new wrinkle by beginning to work one-on-one with adults who are struggling to improve their literacy in English. For more information, contact Ruth Huberman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (cell) 818-400-9187, or Stu Silverstein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (cell) 818-564-5603.

 

Ezra Network

Through our participation in The Ezra Network, an initiative of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles in partnership with Jewish Family Service, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, and Jewish Vocational Service, there are social services, employment resources, and legal counseling available for you. This is a FREE service to members of our community. Please click here for more information.

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITYJune 4 Build

Habitat for Humanity provides affordable homeownership opportunities to low-income families in an innovative way. Affordable homes are built using a large amount of volunteer labor, donated funds and materials. Then the homes are sold at affordable prices to qualifying low-income families.

Qualified families, selected on an equal opportunity basis, buy Habitat homes at affordable prices, through 30-year no-profit mortgages. In addition, each family contributes hundreds of hours of volunteer labor or “sweat equity” to the construction of their home. This "sweat equity" or "self-help" component of the program is a major investment on the part of the homeowner, and increases homeowner pride of ownership. "Sweat equity" can consist of home building as well as community projects and leadership development classes. Once the homes are sold to the partner families, the mortgage payments received by Habitat are then reinvested to help fund the construction of future Habitat homes.

Members of STS will be participating in a Habitat build day on Sunday October 8, 2017. Everyone is welcome and no specific skills are required. Please contact Zygi Boxer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Interested in joining our efforts? For more information, contact committee co-chairs Zygi Boxer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Carol Levin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

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