Mitzvah Day is November 3, 2019

mitzvah day & tikkun olam at rodef sholom

Being a member of Rodef Sholom means participating regularly in accts of tikkun: repair of our personal lives (tikkun atzmi), our commhunity (tikkun kehillah), and our world (tikkun olam). Mitzvah Day is one of the crown jewels of our year-round tikkun efforts. Marin's social service agencies have come to rely on the tremendous outpouring of love and labor from Rodef Sholom congregants. This year Mitzvah Day is Sunday, November 3. It's the day after we set the clocks back, so double check when you leave the house you're not arriving an hour early! (Unless of course, you want to.)

how to mitzvah day

Choose three projects that appeal to you and rank them on the online registration form. If you need a printed form, contact Moji at [email protected] or stop by the front office and request one.
Projects are filled on a first come, first served basis, so sign up as soon as possible. Many projects can accommodate only a small number of poeple. The signup deadline is October 18. Between October 19 and 22 you will be called by your project leader with details on time, place, materials required, etc.
Remember to sign up to donate blood before or after your scheduled project! Click here to schedule your life-saving appointment.
On Mitzvah Day, come enjoy our bountiful bagel breakfast, sponsored by Women of Rodef Sholom, at 9:00 am in the social hall. Breakfast will be followed by inspirational words from our clergy and an opportunity to meet other congregants before we set off to do our projects. This year, Mitzvah Day happens on the day after we set our clocks back, so make sure you're leaving home at the right time! (But if you want to show up an hour early, that's OK too.)


Read project descriptions below, and click here to sign up for Mitzvah Day!

1. Knit Some Comfort | 10 am – 12 noon
Coordinator: Claudette Greenblat

Bring your knitting needles and create scarves and hats for unsheltered members of our community to keep them warm this winter. Knitting experience required. (min. age: 10)
2. Forget Me Not Farm | 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Coordinator: Lanie King
People with green thumbs and a love of animals will have lots to do at this Sonoma County farm that provides children, plants, and animals a place to bond and heal. (min. age: 8)

3. Falkirk Mansion | 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Coordinator: Ron Gaines

Does anything smell better than the earth in autumn? We think not. Help with landscaping and beautifying the grounds. (min. age: 6)

4. Hal Brown Park at Creekside | 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Coordinator: Dana Pepp
Protect endangered species with habitat restoration. (suggested for kids in grades 1-3)
5. Stafford Lake | 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Coordinator: Susan Lauer
Beautify bike path and stabilize terrain features by planting native grasses. Suggested for kids in grades 4-6. (min age: 6)
6. Venetia Valley School Gardening | 10 am–12 noon
Coordinator: Liz Einbinder
Make back-to-school a little better with a garden that’s ready to plant pumpkins, flowers, and herbs. (min. age: 5)
7. MLK Jr. Academy School Garden | 10:30 am–12:30 pm 
Coordinator needed
Help with garden matinenance and planting for this school in Marin City (min. age: 5)
8. McNear’s Beach Cleanup | 10:30 am–12:30 pm *Teen Project*
Coordinator: Rachel Altfeld

Hit the beach with a big old trash bag and feel great about leaving it better than you found it.
9. Tam Valley/Mill Valley Bike Path | 10:30 am–12:30 pm *For members of the Family Chavurah only!*
Coordinator: Ed Grossman and Joshua Davis
Volunteers will focus on all-around improvement to the bikepath and surrounding areas.
10. St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Free Dining Room | Prep: 8 am–10:30 am Serve/clean up: 10 am–1 pm
Coordinators: Eric & Deborah Wertheimer
Volunteers are needed to prep and serve food at this year-round dining room that feeds more than 300 people per day. (min age: 16)
Please indicate how you can help on the registration form:
a. Prep: 8:00–9:30 am
b. Pred: 9:00–10:30 am
b. Serve/clean up: 10:15 am–1:00 pm
11. Mitzvah Day Breakfast | 8–10 am
Coordinators: Melody Horowitz & Evi Rachelson
Hungry volunteers will appreciate your hard work setting up the breakfast on Mitzvah Day. Thanks to the Women of Rodef Sholom for once again underwriting the cost of the breakfast. (min. age: 10)
12. Blood Drive with Vitalant Blood Center | 8:30 am–1 pm
Coordinator: Toni Golbus
Please indicate how you can help on the registration form:
a. Donate blood. Please state a time preference on the registration form or go to Click “donate blood” and enter sponsor code “Rodefsholom”. Or, call Toni at 415.482.8375.
b. Host and serve refreshments for donors.
c. Bake cookies for the Blood Drive donors.
13. Art Project for CERES Community Project | 10 am–12 noon
Coordinator: Ilene Pearce
Make dinnertime better by creating cards that will be included in meals sent to cancer patients in treatment.
14. Jewish Community Free Clinic | 10 am–12 noon
Coordinator: Debi Handler
Those envelopes won’t stuff themselves! (min. age: 10)
15. No-Sew Baby Blanket Making | 10:00 am–12 noon

Coordinator: Pamela Harlem and Ellen Peterson
Create cozy, fun blankets for Marin Community Clinic without needles or thread, just clever knotting. No sew—who knew? Suggested for families with young children.

17. The Redwoods | 10–11:15 am
Coordinator: Nancy Bernstein
Kids are welcome to bring their voices, instruments, magicians’ hats, whatever special talent they have, and share it with residents.