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Co-Chaired by Tzedek Council Member Melissa Koenigsberg and Congregant Anne Quaintance
The Economic Justice Working Group coordinates opportunities for congregants to work together to fight homelessness, hunger, and poverty in our community.
To get involved, please fill out the Tzedek Council Volunteer Form.
Questions? Please contact Monica Pevzner at firstname.lastname@example.org (415) 751-2541 x 124.
One in four San Francisco residents lacks access to healthy food, 62 percent of schoolchildren qualify for free or reduced-price meals, and more than 50,000 adults and children are using food stamps.
—SF Food Security Task Force Report 2013
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.
A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great. (Proverbs 18:16)
You open wide your hand and satisfy the hunger of every living thing. (Psalm 145:16)
When you are asked in the world to come, “What was your work?” and you answer, “I fed the hungry,” You will be told, “This is the gate to the Lord, enter into it, you who have fed the hungry.” (Midrash Psalms 118:17)
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)
The mission of Raphael House is to help at-risk families achieve stable housing and financial independence while strengthening family bonds and personal dignity. We prepare and serve dinner to the residents at Raphael House, working with their chef. Space is limited to 6 volunteers per evening. Registration is required.
Location: Raphael House, 1065 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Check back for future Raphael House volunteer opportunities
Click here to learn about our partnership with Hamilton Families and the City of San Francisco to help end family homelessness.
Sunday Dinners at G-House
*NEW ongoing volunteer opportunity
One Sunday per month, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Run by the Larkin Street Youth Services G-House, a 20-bed housing program for San Francisco homeless young adults (ages 18-24, transitioning from adolescence to adulthood), provides residents tools to remove the obstacles in their life which threaten a successful transition to independent living. Emanu-El has partnered with G-House to support the youth integrating into the community by bringing volunteers on Sunday evenings to cook, eat, and build meaningful relationships with the residents.
This volunteer program is no longer accepting new volunteers
Weekly Food Bag Distribution to Local Families
Mondays, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
We are seeking volunteers to help facilitate Emanu-El’s Weekly Food Bag Distribution Program, in partnership with The San Francisco Food Bank at Roosevelt Middle School (please note that during the Summer the pantry is held at Congregation Beth Shalom).
Volunteers set-up and facilitate this farmer’s market-style food pantry. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to your community and help others obtain basic needs.
This volunteer program is currently full
Donate nonperishable food at the Temple
Congregation Emanu-El participates in collecting food for the San Francisco Food Bank on a year-round basis. Barrels are located in the Temple entrance at Arguello Blvd.
10 Things Food Banks Need but Won’t Ask For: Food Banks across the country are in need of certain items that you may not realize because they aren’t essential items. Some of the items that food banks need are: spices, feminine products, chocolate, toiletries, canned meats, crackers and tortilla, soup packets, socks, and canned fruits. Please support your local food bank this winter season and bring your items to the food bins at Congregation Emanu-El.
Donate your food leftovers
G-House : 6324 Geary Boulevard between 27 and 28 Avenue (415) 673-0911 x 601. Ring their doorbell and someone is always there to accept.
To donate food in San Francisco, package it and leave a message on (415) 929-1866 with the type and amount of food and the name and address of your business. If you call in the morning, a volunteer or our truck driver will come that same day. If you call in the afternoon, Food Runners will come the next morning. Any amount of food is welcome. If you have food to donate that you personally prepared in your home, you can contact Food Runners and they will tell you where you can take the food in your neighborhood.