Social Action / Tikkun Olam

Tikkun Olam, the concept of "repairing the world" is an important Jewish value which is practiced in many ways at Peninsula Sinai Congregation. There are several opportunities for our members to participate in ongoing or one-time community service projects aimed at addressing serious needs in our Bay Area community and around the world - as well as within our congregation.  We have chosen to focus many of our initial activities on addressing issues of hunger. They range from preparing and serving meals to homeless families, to gathering food for the local food bank, to making soup for PSC members in times of need.

Click here to read our High Holidays letter with information about our food drive, and opportunities to get involved in Tikkun Olam / Social Action activities at PSC.

Click here to sign up to help, or receive more information about any of these projects.  To make a monetary donation, go to the online donation page and select the "Tikkun Olam" fund.

Chesed v'Tzedek Committee — providing home-cooked meals

The Chesed v’Tzedek committee is a team of PSC community members dedicated to providing “loving kindness and justice” to our congregation. This committee provides support to fellow congregants in their times of need, such as an illness, a new baby, or a death in the family. Such support takes many forms, among them visiting the homebound, preparing meals, and driving to appointments or on errands. Committee members prepare soup to be delivered to congregants in need of a hot meal, and gift baskets are delivered to congregants with new babies.
We’re looking to expand the number of “chefs” willing to prepare a home-cooked meal for families of new babies. PSC has been fortunate to enjoy a “baby boom” recently, and we want to make sure all our new moms, dads and big brothers and sisters can count on tasty, home-cooked meals. You can sign up to bring a Shabbat dinner or a weeknight meal, and you can volunteer as much or as little as you like. Hate to cook? You can volunteer to deliver a home-cooked meal made by a fellow congregant.
If you’d like to be added to our volunteer list or learn more, please contact June Bell at june@junebell.com or (650) 345-2878. 

LifeMoves — preparing Sunday dinners for homeless families

LifeMoves (formerly InnVision Shelter Network) is an organization which deals with issues of homelessness and poverty throughout Silicon Valley. In San Mateo, the organization houses 39 families in need of emergency and transitional housing in an apartment building on Villa Terrace in North San Mateo, with a program called First Step for Families.  We are hoping PSC can develop a long-term relationship with LifeMoves.  
As our initial engagement, PSC members will volunteer to purchase, prepare, and server dinner to approximately 40-50 LifeMoves residents on a Sunday evening every other month.  We need PSC members to volunteer to buy, prepare and serve food, as well as contribute to the cost of purchasing food.  Eventually, we may need additional volunteers to help by delivering milk or PSC leftovers to the facility, assisting with child care, or planting a vegetable garden.
For information about our next LifeMoves dinner, click here.

Second Harvest Food Bank — collecting, packing, and delivering food

PSC is working in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties to provide food for people who are hungry in our community.  You can make a financial donation to PSC's online food drive at Second Harvest by clicking here.  We are also supporting their efforts to address hunger in these ways:

High Holy Day Food Drive
  • Year-Round Food Barrels — We have set up food collection barrels in the office and lobby at PSC to collect non-perishable food items year-round, for pick up and distribution by Second Harvest. We need PSC members to donate food.  You can bring the appropriate food items to the barrels at any time. Items that are desperately needed include canned tuna, peanut butter, rice, dried beans, pasta, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables and soups.  Pull top cans preferred; no glass containers allowed.  In addition, we will resume our special High Holy Day food drive in September.
  • Snack Sack Project — As part of a larger, ongoing tzedakah project, our religious school students will put together "snack sacks" containing granola bars, fruit snacks, and other items. These snack sacks will be donated to the food bank, which will then deliver them to organizations that support families in need.  We need PSC members to donate snacks and/or money to purchase the snacks.

Blood Drives

We hold several successful blood drives at PSC each year, with Sunday morning visits by the Bloodmobile every 3 months or so. For more information or to sign up, contact Phyllis Lippe at plippe18@yahoo.com. The minimum age to donate is 17, though 16 year-olds can donate with written permission of parent or guardian.

Peninsula Multifaith Coalition 

PSC is a member of the Peninsula Multifaith Coalition, a group of faith congregations and organizations working together on projects to improve our community. This volunteer-led coalition holds/supports several events each year, such as the Peninsula Multifaith Day of Service on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, the annual Peninsula Freedom Seder held in the spring, and a Multifaith Family Gathering in August.  Please join these events and represent PSC.

Shalom Bayit

PS Women participates in Shalom Bayit’s Adopt-A-Family program every Chanukah. Adopt-A-Family provides basic necessities, food, and Chanukah gifts and/or gift cards to battered women and their children facing the holidays alone.  Many abused women starting a new life have left their homes and possessions behind.  Adopt-A-Family is an opportunity for hope and help in getting back on their feet.

Tu B'Shevat Tree Planting

PSC organizes an annual tree planting or habitat restoration activity each January or February in honor of the Jewish holiday of Tu B'Shevat. This usually takes place at Coyote Point Recreation Area or at San Bruno Mountain.

Other Tikkun Olam Activities


Home and Hope Fundraiser
The activities listed above a just a start. If you are interested in taking on other Tikkun Olam projects with others at PSC - whether service oriented or more about policy and organizing - or in joining the overall Tikkun Olam committee, you should indicate your interest on the form below or contact tikkunolam@peninsulasinai.org.

Volunteer Sign-up Form

Please complete this form if you are interested in volunteering for any of the programs listed on this page, would like to receive more information about any of these opportunities, or have ideas for other Tikkun Olam activities.  Then click the Submit button.  Thank you!











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