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TIKKUN Olam/ Social Action

The Tikkun Olam/Social Action Committee organizes small and large volunteer projects throughout the year. We strive to help those in need, sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry, and providing for the underprivileged. To learn more about our upcoming projects and to be added to our email list, contact

Upcoming projects

Help prepare, serve, and clean up dinner for 60 children and adults who are currently living in their cars.

Sunday, October 27

Space is limited to 15 volunteers, so everyone has a meaningful role. Volunteers must be at least 7 years old. There is no kitchen available to us, so all food must be prepared in advance.

Volunteer opportunities include cooking/preparing food prior to arrival, providing paper goods and utensils, serving, and cleaning up. There is something for anyone who is interested in helping.

To sign up, contact Jane Conners at

Every night at two secured lots, Jewish Family Service operates a Safe Parking Program for unsheltered San Diegans living in their vehicles, many of whom are experiencing homelessness for the first time. A car is often a critical, final asset, allowing for transportation to work and school, the ability to seek employment, and access to resources. As these individuals and families work to lift themselves up out of a difficult situation, many are making nightly choices between purchasing food, gas, and other essentials. Creating further barriers to stability are the isolation and lack of social support that so often accompany homelessness.

By providing meals, we will provide both nutritious food and a sense of community. With a focus on stopping the downward spiral of homelessness, Safe Parking offers not just a reliable place to stay, but also a welcoming environment, meaningful resources, and dignified support to create a pathway to housing while meeting people where they are now.  


 Tikkun Olam Open Forum

Sunday, November 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           9:30-10:30am

The Tikkun Olam/Social Action Committee at Congregation Beth El invites you to participate in our open forum committee meetings. We gather to discuss and plan our future social action projects.
The Tikkun Olam Committee organizes small and large volunteer projects throughout the year. We strive to help those in need by sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry, and providing for the underprivileged. Make a difference in your community. Tell us what you are passionate about. Beth El wants to participate in volunteer efforts that are important to you.

Upcoming Sessions: November 3, 2019, January 5, 2020, March 1, 2020, June 7, 2020. 


Contact for more information 


Thanksgiving Food Drive

November 1-19

We are collaborating with Western Service Workers Association to collect and distribute food to needy families in San Diego. Your donations help add warmth and joy to the holiday season. 

The Tikkun Olam committee is collecting the following items through Tuesday, November 19:

Non-perishable donations may be placed in the Tikkun bin by the CBE front desk.
*Monetary donations can be made here, or by calling 858-452-1734.

Please contact with any questions


All of our volunteer projects will be onsite this year and we will hear from members of the American and Israeli military community. Schedule of the day as well as a list of projects can be found below:

8:00am: Blood Drive Begins
9:30am: Breakfast
9:30am: Project stations open
9:45-10:00am: Presentation by Allen Miliefsky, Commander of Post 185, and representative from the Jewish War Veterans
10:45-11:00am: Presentation from our members Sharai Elko and Brett Elko, Naval Officers.
11:00-11:15: Presentation from Simon Bukra, former IDF Soldier 

Volunteer Projects:
  • Bake cookies & treats for a local naval base
  • Make cards and crafts for veterans and military personnel to brighten their holiday season
  • Assemble personal hygiene kits for for homeless veterans at the VA
  • Sew pillows for breast cancer patients in local hospitals
  • Sew Dolls for children in Israel 
  • Write letters of gratitude to Israeli soldiers
  • Assemble infant packages for babies in the Balboa Naval Hospital NICU
  • Make paracord "survival" bracelets for deployed troops

Blood Drive at Mighty Mitzvah Sunday 11/10     

Save a life, donate blood. Schedule an appointment here. Use sponsor code CBEL. If your preferred appointment time is taken, select any open slot and we will fit you in with little to no wait time.

This Mighty Mitzvah Sunday, we will focus our volunteer efforts on veterans and military personnel. Our projects will show our gratitude and help support the brave men and women serving for our freedom.

Collections for Mighty Mitzvah Sunday: If you would like to contribute the following items to out collections, please bring them to the Beth El front desk during business hours, or you may bring them directly to Mighty Mitzvah Sunday:
Newborn onesies, hats, socks, gloves, blankets
men's socks, shaving kits, toothpaste, shampoo, soap 


Run or Walk with the Beth El Kosher Turkeys!
Together we will raise awareness and funds to help eradicate hunger in San Diego. All profits from the race are donated to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and hunger-relief programs such as the JFS Food Mobile and HandUp Food Pantry managed by Jewish Family Service of San Diego.

10k begins at 7:00am
5k begins at 8:15am

Sign up here and register with our team, the Beth El Kosher Turkeys. For more information, contact 


Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House

Sunday, December 1

Help prepare, cook, serve, and clean up a meal for 150+ guests. Ronald McDonald House provides a place to stay, meals, and necessities of home so families can focus on caring for their critically ill or injured children being treated at Rady Children’s Hospital.

First Shift: 3:00-6:00pm- prep and cook dinner
Second Shift: 5:30-8:00pm- set up, serve, and clean up dinner

To signup, contact Sam Jacobs at:


Wed, October 23 2019 24 Tishrei 5780