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."

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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.

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SOCIAL ACTION PARTNERSHIPS

LOS ANGELES FAMILY HOUSING

To help families in Los Angeles who have struggled with poverty and homelessness, STS members since 2016 have served as volunteers at three housing sites in the San Fernando Valley operated by the nonprofit organization Los Angeles Family Housing.

The support from our STS volunteer group includes reading to, and providing homework help for, children living at LAFH's housing sites in Northridge and Woodland Hills. Our volunteers also have organized games and provided other entertainment for these youngsters, who often crave companionship and a break from the difficulties in their lives. In addition, we have served meals on holidays and other special occasions at LAFH's main facility in North Hollywood.

STS members also have donated clothing, school supplies, books and other badly needed items. With a particularly successful collection drive this year, STS members donated a truckload of “welcome baskets” containing household items for families who are getting a fresh start in new supportive housing.

Yet the needs still are great, and there are many rewarding and meaningful ways that you can help. There is a particularly strong need for homework helpers and story readers at the Woodland Hills and Northridge sites. In addition, we would like to recruit more volunteers to join us when we serve meals at the LAFH's site in North Hollywood. What’s more, the LAFH volunteer coordinators are open to new and
creative ideas, so if you have other talents you would like to contribute to help out needy families, we are eager to hear from you.

For more, information, please contact:
Zygi Boxer (786)393-0419 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ruth Huberman (818)400-9187 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

PROJECT OPEN HANDS

To support a variety of social causes, Project Open Hands organizes a steady stream of events and collection drives. We team with nonprofit groups from around Los Angeles to strengthen the quality of life in our city.

A few examples of our activities:

--Organizing Mitzvah Day, a multi-generational synagogue event every year the first Sunday in November. It has included everything from cleaning up beaches to planting gardens to repairing our prayer books, while also educating STS members about ongoing ways to help the broader Los Angeles area.
--Preparing sack lunches for the homeless.
--Serving meals at homeless shelters.
--Coordinating clothing, shoe and toy collection drives.
--Packing toiletry kits for clients of such organizations as Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission and the Downtown Women’s Shelter.

If you would like to get involved, please contact:
Carol Levin at 818-317-2776 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

SHOMREI TORAH SYNAGOGUE LITERACY PROJECT

STS has a proud history of supporting literacy efforts, and that tradition continues today. For years the synagogue provided one of the largest groups of volunteers in the city to Koreh LA, a childhood literacy program that was run by
the Jewish Federation. When Koreh LA was shut down by the federation
for budget reasons in 2017, the STS social action committee decided to keep our volunteers' important work going by creating our own Shomrei Torah Literacy Project.

More than 15 volunteers already are involved in this initiative. Many work one-one-one with LAUSD students from nearby elementary schools who are struggling with their reading. Other STS Literacy Project volunteers read to groups of students or otherwise help classroom teachers. Still other members of the STS Literacy Project, in coordination with the Los Angeles Public Library's adult literacy program, provide one-on-one instruction or teach classes mainly aimed at foreign-born adults who want to improve their English.

We are always looking for more volunteers for this important and rewarding work so, if you are interested, be sure to get in touch.

For more information, please contact:

Stu Silverstein, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ruth Huberman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

JEWISH WORLD WATCH

Sometimes it’s crucial to call attention to human suffering in far-off lands. That’s what our affiliation with the Encino-based organization Jewish World Watch is all about. As JWW explains, it works “to end genocide and mass atrocities worldwide by educating and mobilizing individuals, advocating for policy changes and funding projects to support and build resilience in conflict-affected communities.”
In recent years STS members have participated in the JWW community event, “The
The Walk to End Genocide.” It brings together advocates of all ages and backgrounds in one voice to say: “we will not stand idly by while genocide and mass atrocities occur.” The event puts a spotlight on ongoing atrocities in Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and money raised by the Walk help fund JWW’s work.

If you would like to participate, there are two opportunities: The 2019 Conejo Valley Walk to End Genocide, which will be on March 31, with programming beginning at 11 a.m., and the 2019 Los Angeles Walk to End Genocide, which will be on April 7, with activities starting at 9 a.m.

For high school students, JWW offers another special initiative: the Teen Ambassador Program, or TAP, which holds social justice workshops dealing with genocide and its consequences – hunger, displacement, poverty and violence against women.

For more information, check www.jww.org. You also can contact the STS liaisons to JWW, Parvin and Morris Benoun at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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.

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

 

 

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SHOMREI CARES

COMMUNITY OF CARING

In your times of joy as well as in times of sorrow, STS has a group of volunteers who are there for you: the Community of Caring. We provide gift baskets made with love for families with new babies and for individuals who are ill, while also providing support for the bereaved during the first year after their loss.

If you know of a congregant who needs this support, or are experiencing one of these moments yourself, please call the STS main office at 818-854-7650. In addition, you can contact Arlene Strategos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 818-269-3000. Arlene also is the person to reach if you would like to join the Community of Caring as a volunteer.

 

BEREAVEMENT COMMITTEE

When you suffer the loss of a loved one, the Bereavement Committee provides guidance and support for mourning, in keeping with Jewish tradition. Our volunteers will help with arrangements at your home while you attend the funeral, make sure you have Shiva Minyan leaders and prayer books and kippot for the mourners.

Please call the main office at 818-854-7650 upon the loss of a loved one and STS’s clergy, as well as our committee, will be notified. If you would like to serve on the Bereavement Committee, please contact Arlene Strategos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 818-269-3000.

 

BIKKUR CHOLIM

Our Bikkur Cholim committee members visit congregants who are ill or injured. We also provide food, transportation, say the misheberach and other help that a family or individual might need during a difficult time.
Please call the main office at 818-854-7650 and your request will be relayed to our committee.
And would you like to join us in helping those in our community who are suffering? We need more volunteers to visit patients as well as to cook and deliver meals. If you would like to help out, please let the main office know.

 

iSHLEP

iShlepWelcome to iShlep, a pioneering ride-share program developed by Shomrei Torah Synagogue. If you aren’t able to drive yourself to services, a class, a program, a synagogue meeting – or even to a doctor's appointment -- all you need to do is phone the dedicated iShlep phone number at 818-854-7668. When prompted, leave a message with your name, as well as the date, time, and location where you need a ride. The coordinator will return your call, usually within 24 hours. It's as easy as that! If you are interested in helping make iShlep a success by serving as one of our drivers, please call the same number and leave your name and contact number on the voicemail.

 

 

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