Tikkun Olam Volunteers,
We would like to thank you for helping us reach a tremendous milestone. Because of your help we have made food to feed 1,000 people since January. In May, we made our 1000th sandwich to be distributed to one of our three partner community agencies. Through the simple act of packing a sack lunch or making a bologna sandwich we’ve helped members of our community not only have something to eat, but connect more strongly to the social workers and volunteers who can help them find a path to other needed services, like medical care, transportation and of course, housing. Spreading peanut butter and jelly may seem like a small act but it is part of a chain reaction that creates positive change for those who receive the sandwich from a caring, compassionate professional. And your contribution towards making sandwiches, is part of that often life-changing chain reaction. We are happy to have the partnership of the San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team, At the Crossroads youth services program and the San Francisco General Methadone Clinic, who make sure the food that we provide gets to those who need them.
For those of you who help at the San Francisco Food Bank, you have been also part of a chain reaction. On the Sunday work sessions, you are part of a team at the warehouse that packs thousands of pounds of food in the two short hours you are there. That food is distributed to soup kitchens, domestic violence shelters, and individual families’ empty kitchen cupboards. One in four people in the San Francisco Bay Area are food insecure, constantly having to make choices between buying food, paying rent and other necessities. The Food Bank makes a big difference for those in our community who are struggling. And your hard work makes this happen. The food would not leave the warehouse without the help of volunteers.
The chain reaction continues with the growing volunteer corps that is helping in these efforts. We have had over 60volunteers who have helped us shop, make and deliver sandwiches, and pack food at the Food Bank. The friendships, connections, and sense of community that is developing, within and between our congregations, is bringing strength and richness to our Southside Jewish Collaborative.
We will be continuing to make sandwiches the third Thursday of every month after the Lunch and Learn program. And, we will have ongoing Sunday Sandwich Making every other month, generally the first Sunday (though the Second Sunday in July – July 12th). And, the last Sunday of each month (except on Jewish holidays), we volunteer at the San Francisco Food Bank. We look forward to seeing you again at these activities.
Our planning committee was charged with finding a way to help the synagogues in the Southside Jewish Collaborative develop a Tikkun Olam program to have congregation members come together to “repair the world” in some way. Our focus became feeding the hungry. Your efforts, financial support and hard work has brought this into being. Thank you.
The Joint Tikkun Olam Planning Committee
Lori Ganz & Steve Roditti – Congregation Beth Israel Judea
Al Sion & Ruth Maginnis – Or Shalom Jewish Community
Bonnie Lindauer & Sharon Bleviss – Congregation B’nai Emunah
Gerald Spindel Congregation Ner Tamid