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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.

Monday, December 23

8804 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123

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.

Sign up here to volunteer: 

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, January 5                                                                                                                                                                                   
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 


 Passover Food Drive

February 1-March 9

Our congregation is collaborating with Jewish Family Service to provide traditional Passover foods to homebound seniors and families in need. Please participate by contributing these items to the Tikkun bin at the front desk at Congregation Beth El by March 9.

All food items must be certified Kosher for Passover:

 · 750 ml grape juice
· Gefilte fish in a jar
· Matzo meal
· Matzo ball soup mix

· Jelly candies
· Chocolate
· Macaroons
· Passover Haggadahs


You may also make a financial contribution below or by calling the administrative office at 858-452-1734

For more information, contact Tikkun Chair, Dvora Celniker at


Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House

Sunday, February 23

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:


Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego

Rachel’s Women’s Shelter
Volunteers prepare and serve Sunday dinner once a month to the residents of Rachel’s Women’s Shelter. For more information about this project and other volunteer opportunities at Rachel’s Women’s Shelter, contact Dr. Ruth Covell at

StandUp for Kids
Each month, volunteers deliver a hot dinner from a well-loved restaurant to StandUp for Kids, an organization serving homeless youth in San Diego. For more information and to volunteer, contact George Glickman at 


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