Chesed and Tzedek: Kindness and Justice in Action

Netivot Shalom is committed to caring for our neighbors and creating a more just society. We demonstrate our dedication to tikkun olam through service and advocacy with organizations such as the Alameda County Food Bank, Bend the Arc, and American Jewish World Service. We encourage congregants to both support and initiate projects that 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 socialaction@netivotshalom.org.

Lotsa Helping Hands

Congregants are invited to sign up with Lotsa Helping Hands so that we, as a community, can respond to congregant needs as they arise. To sign up, click here and then  click “Join this Community.”

Annual Interfaith Blood drive

Save a life by joining our Annual Interfaith Blood Drive! Netivot Shalom hosts in partnership with the American Red Cross. Supplies of blood products get extra low in the summer months; help us maximize our contribution to those in need by filling every appointment time available.

“A”, “B” and “O”-type donors (“the missing letters”) are especially needed!

Our co-sponsors for this event include our neighbors at The Way Christian Center, Pacifica Institute, Qal’bu Maryam Women’s Mosque, and Berkeley Buddhist Monastery. Questions? Contact Mary, Vicki, Barbara or Carole at socialaction@netivotshalom.org.

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 (2140 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704; 5 to 8pm). Volunteers are always welcome to help with shopping, food prep, serving food, preparing dessert at home and bringing it — or sponsoring a meal, even if you can’t help with the preparations yourself! Sign up at tinyurl.com/CNSshelterdinnersignup, or contact socialaction@netivotshalom.org 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 sbraufman@lmi.net for more information.

Annual Holiday Food Drive

1 in 5 Alameda County residents now receives food aid from Alameda County Community Food Bank (up from 1 in 6 in 2010). The ACCFB can stretch every $1 you donate into $6 worth of food, accomplishing far more for less.

Every November and December, we participate with area congregations in the Annual Holiday Food Drive to provide urgently needed support to households and families. You can make a donation at any time at https://www.vfd-accfb.org/shopforfood.aspx

Mitzvah Milers

If you are a cyclist, contact David Mostardi at mostardi@pobox.com 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 (September 22-23, 2018), 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!

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