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Mitzvah Moments

Mitzvah Moments is Rodef Sholom's initiative to continue the work of fostering a community of chesed (lovingkindness) and connection through opportunities for all to make an impact in our world. We are meeting the moment we are in, and creating a range of opportunities for action, advocacy, and volunteering throughout the year. We invite all in our community to participate in any of the actions that speak to you, or to create your own meaningful ways of engaging with tikkun olam (repairing our world).

Mitzvah Moments Opportunities

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Marin Community Fridges
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program
Provide Meals for those in need
Rodef Sholom supports Trans HeartLine 
Mitzvah Kitchen Meal and Challah Delivery                                                                                 
Shabbat Greeter                                                                                                                                                                       
Christmas Dinner for New Beginnings                                                                                                     
Intergenerational Connections                                                                                                                                                 Caring for our Community ~ Chevra Kadisha                                                                                                                              Babies, Blankets and Blessings!                                                                                                                                                              Moreh Derech ~ Welcome our New Community Members                                                                                                    Religious School Volunteer                                                                                                                                                                        Rodef Sholom Habitat for Humanity Team   
                                                                                                                                  REBAR ~ Rodef Enterprise for Building and Restoration

For EVEN MORE VOLUNTEER opportunities with our Community Partners, click HERE.


Marin Community Fridges - perfect for all ages - weekly opportunities 
Congregation Rodef Sholom is partnering with Venetia Valley School and old  Gallinas Children's Center,  Bay Marin Church,  with support from  ExtraFood,  to host a Community Fridge to provide food for our Santa Venetia neighborhood. Volunteers will stock and clean the fridge—sign up HERE . After you sign up you will receive more detailed directions.  We are grateful that on Saturday mornings, we will be able to stock the community fridge with fresh produce from our FEED Sonoma CSA. 

The need for financial and nutritional aid has grown in this past year both within the Rodef Sholom community and beyond. Marin Community Fridges is a new endeavor connected with a national movement that sets up community refrigerators in public locations so anyone in need can take what they need. These fridges are run by the people, for the people. The fridge is open 24/7 , located at 160 N. San Pedro Road, at the rectory offices of Bay Marin Church.  We invite you to stop by anytime. 


Volunteer to Support our New CSA program - Opportunities weekly 
Help support our  Community Supported Agriculture program and connect with congregants on Shabbat mornings from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Volunteers' tasks include distributing farm boxes during pick-up at the temple, and delivering produce boxes to congregants' homes in Marin.  Sign up HERE to volunteer. For more about Rodef Sholom's CSA program, and events and opportunities to order your own box  contact Kris Malone Grossman at krismalonegrossman@gmail.com


PROVIDE MEALS FOR THOSE IN NEED - perfect for all ages - monthly opportunities 
Bag Lunches for St. Vincent De Paul Dining Room
St. Vincent De Paul is feeding more Marin County residents than ever.  Join our monthly project and make 5 - 10 bag lunches at home to supplement their services. Bag lunches are to be delivered to Project Leader Lisa Levin.  Sign up and find out more info here.

Meals for Jonathan's Place - for all ages - monthly opportunities                                                                                           Volunteers for this longstanding project make food at home that is delivered to residents of the new Jonathan's Place adult shelter in San Rafael. Email their Program Coordinator to sign up and find out more info.


Rodef Sholom supports Trans HeartLine - for all ages - monthly opportunities 
This team of congregants provides much needed meals  every 6 - 8 weeks to support those healing from gender confirmation surgery at the Trans Heartline Home. Click here to find out more about this program. To join our volunteer team providing meals, please Sign up HERE .


Mitzvah Kitchen meal and challah delivery  - for all ages - weekly opportunities 
Volunteers needed to deliver challahs and meals to congregants who are celebrating, in mourning or recovering from illness. These meals and challahs are delivered on Thursdays and Fridays.  To join our team of drivers and bring some joy to our community, contact Laurie Kimball, Administrative Assistant.


 Shabbat Greeters - for those 13 and over - weekly opportunities 
Volunteers are needed for Shabbat Services on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.  Shabbat Greeters will welcome our guests and provide direction.  Services are now held in the Atrium, Kurland and Gallery spaces of the Osher Marin JCC.  Sign Up HERE for this unique opportunity to get to know your Rodef Sholom community in a relaxed and fun way.


Intergenerational Connections 
A new project that creates new bonds between community members
Connecting Congregants: We recognize that many of us living in Marin do not have extended family around. Sign up to be matched with each other for intergenerational friendship, support, sharing, and fun.

Help New Parents: Do you miss being with babies and toddlers? Volunteer to help a congregant with little ones who might need a few hours of help once in a while.

Email Moji Javid, Director of Community Engagement to get involved.


Babies, Blankets and Blessings!                                                                                                                                                        Calling all knitters! Knit blankets at home that are gifted to families with new babies in our community. Email Marci Dollinger to get started.
 

Moreh Derech ~ New Member Welcome Team  - ongoing                                                                                            Rodef Sholom prides itself on being a warm and welcoming community. This team helps to welcome and support new congregants through their first year with our community. We do this through phone calls, emails and invitations for them to joins us at Rodef Sholom services and events. Email Moji Javid to become part of the welcoming committee.


Religious School Volunteer    - ongoing                                                                                                                                          Our Religious School community is always made stronger by parent and grandparent participation. Let us know if you would like to step in and help with greeting on Sunday mornings, being a room parent and much more. Email Aviva Lev-David, Religious School Director, for information and to participate.


REBAR -Rodef Enterprise for Building And Restoration - For volunteers 21 and over - as needed Calling all contractors, electricians and those who are handy around the house.  This project matches volunteers with congregants who need a "hand" with small jobs in their home.  Like installing ADA-compliant doors or ramps for the disabled, installing smoke/CO detectors, minor plumbing, door repair or replacement, exterior downspout work, cleanup jobs, etc.  To join our REBAR Team, contact Moji Javid, Director of Community Engagement.


Rodef Sholom Habitat for Humanity Team - for volunteers 17 and over  - as needed 
We have a longstanding relationship with Habitat for Humanity and have been involved in builds in Novato, San Francisco and the East Bay.  Join this team to help build homes and make people's dreams of home ownership become a reality.   To join this team, contact Moji Javid, Director of Community Engagement. 

Upcoming Events

SundaySun, 23 OctOctober, 2022

Mitzvah Day and Blood Drive

Sunday, Oct 23rd 10:00a to 3:00pPlan on spending a fun and fulfilling morning with your community. Whatever your interest or talent is—outdoor cleanup, rock painting , card making, even donating blood—your contribution is important! ​

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TuesdayTue, 25 OctOctober, 2022

Chutzpah 2022 Campaign: Chutzpah Calling Circle

Tuesday, Oct 25th 5:00p to 7:00pRodef Sholom will join Dayenu and the Environmental Voter Project to call high potential voters who care about climate but don’t tend to vote in midterm elections. We'll gather as a community and join the larger effort for a blessing, some music, and a quick tutorial on how to make the calls. Then we'll dial together.

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SundaySun, 20 NovNovember, 2022

VOLUNTEER: Prepare Bag Lunches for St. Vincent De Paul

Sunday, Nov 20th 8:00a to 1:00pProvide lunches to those who are unsheltered in Marin through the St. Vincent De Paul Dining Room. Each sign up slot is for 5 bag lunches which you will make at home and deliver to Project Leader Lisa Levin by 1 pm so that she can drop them off at St Vincents. Please be on the look out for an email from Lisa after you register with all the details you will need for this project. Bag lunches can also be prepared on Saturday and dropped off to Lisa that evening.

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