Chesed and Tzedek: Kindness and Justice in Action

Netivot Shalom is committed to both caring for our neighbors and creating a more just society. Our dedication to tikkun olam through service and advocacy is evident through our participation with organizations such as the Alameda County Food Bank, Bend the Arc, and American Jewish World Service. In addition, congregants have been supporting our sister congregation in Cuba for over a decade. Our efforts in both community service and community organizing are growing; and, as they do, we strengthen our connections to each other and our ties to the world around us. For ongoing opportunities to participate, see below. To join the social action email list or bring a program to Netivot Shalom, contact

Annual Holiday Food Drive

1 in 5 Alameda County residents now receives help from Alameda County Community Food Bank (up from 1 in 6 in 2010). And while donating non-perishable goods into the barrels is a good gesture, the ACCFB can stretch every $1 you donate into $6 worth of food, accomplishing far more for less. And so this is how we are asking you to make your urgently-needed gift this year.

To make a donation click here, select “Congregation Netivot Shalom,” then make a gift. $35 feeds 8 people, $50 feeds 12, and $75 feeds 18. Please fulfill our Jewish mandate to be engaged positively in the world. Hunger is a reality we face, there is something we can do about that, and therefore we must. Last year we raised over $5,000. We aim to at least match that communal gift this year to the ACCFB.


Dorothy Day Men’s Shelter

On the first Sunday of the month, CNS volunteers gather to chat, chop and cook together for the men of the Berkeley Men’s Shelter (1931 Center St, Berkeley; 5 to 8pm). Volunteers are always welcome to help with shopping, food prep, serving food, preparing dessert and bringing it, or sponsoring a meal even if you can’t help with the preparations yourself. Sign up at, or contact for more information. Adults and teens welcome.


Knetivot Knits

Join this friendly circle of knitters and crocheters as we make simple projects for various charitable organizations.  All ages, genders and abilities welcome; instruction is available. They meet monthly on a Sunday at Netivot Shalom. Contact for more information.


Mitzvah Milers

If you are a cyclist, contact Dan Siegel at to get on the Mitzvah Milers Cycling Club email list and receive info about the casual and event rides of this Netivot Shalom-led group. The club’s premier event is the annual Waves to Wine MS Ride, when the Mitzvah Milers enjoy the beauty of the Marin coast and Sonoma vineyards while raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight multiple sclerosis!