Tikkun Olam (repair the world) is an important part of what we do at COS-SJCC. Throughout the year there are many opportunities to volunteer your time to assist others in our community.
Social Action Committee
The Social Action Committee coordinates regular projects in which COS members can participate throughout the year, as well as periodic one-time events. During this past year, we have accomplished:
-Collecting, packaging and distributing food for the kosher food pantry at Congregation Oheb Shalom in South Orange
-Feeding the homeless in coordination with the Interfaith Coalition for the Homeless
-Participating in CareLink (a Jewish Family Service of Metrowest project) by visiting members of COS-SJCC that are unable to shop for themselves and presenting them with an assortment of Passover products
In addition to your participation, we seek your ideas for future mitzvot in order to continue our service to the community. For more information, contact Elaine Hoffman.
COS-SJCC proudly participates in Family Promise which leverages existing resources of religious congregations in the community to provide space in their buildings to serve as temporary homes for those in need. With volunteers giving their time, making meals, and sharing hospitality, family homelessness is addressed without the creation of expensive shelters. Across the country, people have realized that this innovative approach truly makes a difference for families experiencing homelessness—and more than 180,000 volunteers.
They share food, spend the night, play with children and lend their passion and expertise to help families get back on their feet. They prove that motivated people can solve family homelessness. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Heidi Block.
Make a Difference Day
Since 1992, volunteers and communities have come together on Make A Difference Day with a single purpose: to improve the lives of others. COS-SJCC participates in this program each November, bringing our congregation together to participate in various projects that make a big impact in our community.
This congregant volunteer program was created to help other congregants as needed. For the most part, we provide rides for congregants who cannot drive. We also can shop or prepare a meal or simply keep in touch by telephone. To volunteer or to request help, contact the synagogue office.