Questions? please contact Community Engagement Director, Sandy Rechtschaffen

Social Justice Issue

37 million Americans live in poverty. 1/3 of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. 1 in 3 American households spend more than 30% of income on housing and 1 in 7 spends more than 50%. SF's poverty rate is 11.8%, of which 8% are families with children.


Jewish Response to Poverty

Let him who is impoverished live by your side. (Leviticus 25:35)

Speak up, judge righteously, champion the poor and the needy. (Proverbs 31:9) 

Share your bread with the hungry, and take the wretched poor into your home; when you see the naked, clothe them. (Isaiah 58:7) 

There is nothing in the world more grievous than poverty the most terrible of sufferings. Our teachers said: All the troubles of the world are assembled on one side and poverty is on the other. (Midrash Rabbah Exodus 31:12)


Interfaith Winter Shelter Dinners

Monday, January 25, 2016 - Monday, January 31, 2016, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco

Join a group of congregants to shop, cook, and serve dinner to homeless men in San Francisco. Sign-ups open in December 2015. 

Cooking and Serving Groups:

Beyachad - Monday, January 25
Tribe and Preschool - Tuesday, January 26
Adolescent Education - Wednesday, January 27
Men's Group - Thursday, January 28
Congregant Night - Friday, January 29
Interfaith - Saturday, January 30
Young Adult Community - Sunday, January 31


Volunteer Opportunities include

Volunteer to cook Sunday Dinners at G-House

This Larkin Street Youth Services site helps former foster youth and homeless youth between the ages of 18 and 24 to make successful transitions into adulthood and into living independently. Each Sunday, congregants from Emanu-El plan, cook, serve, and eat dinner for and with the G-House residents.


Volunteer at Project Homeless Connect

Help someone who is homeless in your community get the services they need! Volunteer at the next Project Homeless Connect (PHC) at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St. 3-hour and 4-hour shifts are available from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
To register please visit the website.

 "I am sure many congregants feel uncomfortable walking by a person on the street who is asking for money and not helping. Project Homeless Connect allows me to help the homeless population in a positive way to get the services they need to improve their lives. Volunteering gives me the opportunity to interact with people on a one to one basis and reinforces that each one is a unique person who needs help. Project Homeless Connect helps eliminate the stereotype of the word homeless." —Emanu-El Congregant Mark A. Sugarman

Get Involved with Star Community Home in the Richmond District!

The Star Community Home is an 18-month project to address the critical community need of providing housing and services to homeless single mothers with children at the former convent at Star of the Sea Parish in San Francisco. The project was made possible by a generous grant to Catholic Charities CYO by Lynne and Marc Benioff and the Salesforce.com Foundation.

Both volunteers and specific household items are in high demand:

Volunteer Opportunities include
    • After School Tutors
    • Family Workshops
    • Respite Care
    • Kitchen Aid
    • Holiday Party
Wish List Items include
    • Huggies Diapers: Sizes Newborn - Size 6, pull-ups
    • Baby wipes
    • Diaper rash cream
    • Blankets/throws
    • Baby shampoo
    • Baby clothes
    • Twin bed sheets
    • Towels
    • Art Supplies
    • New Kitchenware - pots/pans
    • Winter Accessories (umbrellas, rain jackets, scarves, gloves, neck warmers)
    • New Children's books - including board books
    • New games

To donate time or supplies, please contact Diana Contreras, Activity Coordinator at (415) 379-8690.

For inquiries regarding any of the above, please contact Community Engagement Director Sandy Rechtschaffen at (415) 751-2541 x 177


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