TIKKUN OLAM Social Action

Feed the Hungry - November 25, 2018

Congregation Or Ami  helps to end hunger in the Conejo Valley by serving  dinner to 50-60 community members in need.  Join us on the 4th Sunday of the months from April-November at St. Patrick’s Church in Thousand Oaks.  

This is a great opportunity for people of all ages, from tots to seniors, b’nai mitzvah projects, community building, and helping to repair the world. Invite friends and family to join you.  Contact the chair people via email for specific details or more information.  Will you join us?

Chair People: Jacob and Samantha Pofsky (pofskyfamily@gmail.com)

Doorbells & Doughnuts: Sufganiot Delivery for Chanukah - December 2, 2018

Drivers are needed to deliver sufganiot (jelly-filled doughnuts) and Hanukkah cheer to fellow Or Ami congregants and families on Sunday, December 2nd. Please follow the link below to become a part of this annual holiday tradition of reaching out to our whole congregation with a tasty greeting from Or Ami’s caring community.  What a fun mitzvah to share with your kids — how often do they get to ring doorbells and deliver doughnuts???

Holiday Shopping Spree for New Directions for Youth! - December 9, 2018

Join us for Or Ami’s Annual Holiday Shopping Spree. We will provide lunch and a $100 shopping spree at Kohl’s to 50 at-risk youth from New Directions for Youth. We can’t do it without your help! We need cash donations (orami.org/donate or 818-880-4880) and volunteers (adults and families) to chaperone, set-up, clean-up, and assist in the store…

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Won’t you help us with our Blanket Collection?

SOCIAL ACTION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

A Co-Chair is needed to promote Or Ami’s Meaningful Giving Project.  Quarterly, Or Ami responds to requests by needy groups in the community. We have collected homemade blankets for ill children, ‘back to work” clothing for struggling men and women, and so much more—–we need your help to be able to continue this wonderful project.
 
If any of these projects appeal to you, contact Laurie Tragen-Boykoff, Coordinator of Social Action.
Women of the Wall
  • Opportunities for congregants 60 yrs plus to share a meal  and engage in a meaningful social action project.

  • A partnership with a reform synagogue in Israel. We learn from eachother, sharing cultural, educational and religious programs in order to strengthen our mutual relationship.

  • Not Family Friendly.

  • A Purim social action event, creating sandwiches and survival packages for a local agency serving those without shelter. Family Friendly.

  • A call to action through the arts and memorial making. Participants paint ceramic butterflies that are permanently displayed as symbol of resilience and hope, with the goal of creating 1.5 million butterflies around the world—one for each child who perished in the Holocaust. Family Friendly.

  • Programs are being developed to assist victims of human trafficking in the Conejo Valley. Not Family Friendly.

  • fosteringhopeFostering Hope Presentation: Panel will discuss ways we can assist foster youth 

    Partner Outside Organization: Department of Children and Family Services 

    Chair: Laurie Tragen-Boykoff Co-Chairs: Nina Treiman, Jessica Ambroz (DCFS) 

    When: Thursday, March 16, 7:00 – 8:15pm 

    Description: Have you wondered how to leave a hand print on a child’s heart? A unique panel of professionals will share the ways, large and small. Foster youth are in need of all of the things that our own children take for granted, books and music, guidance and warm/th. At Congregation Or Ami, we make thousands of comfort bags for children going into emergency foster care. Join us as we take the next steps. 

    Family Friendly: No. Adults only. Childcare/Homework Club provided.

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  • Mitzvah Day 1Partner Outside Organization: New Directions for Youth

    Chair: Laurie Tragen-Boykoff

    Volunteer: Sign Up

    Website: Rabbi’s Blog

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  • Partner Outside Organization: New Directions for Youth

    Chair: Lucille Goldin

    Website: Rabbi’s Blog

    Volunteer: Sign Up Genius Here

    When: Saturday, December 11th, 12:00PM – 2:00PM

    Sponsor a Child: Donate here

    Completion Date of Last Project: December 2015

    Description: Our Child Shopping Spree takes unprivileged kids from New Directions for Youth on a shopping spree at Kohl’s department store, allowing them to pick out new clothes. For some, this is the first time they do not get hand me downs or thrift store clothes. We provide a 0 shopping spree, delicious pizza lunch (donated by Stonefire Grill), dessert, and other gifts. Individual adults and families chaperone the at risk youth to pick out clothes and even a few personal gifts for a family member. Volunteers also help with check in, work the lunch court, organize the chaperones, and assist in the checkout line.

    Family Friendly: Yes

    Is It B’nai Mitzvah Project Worthy?: Mitzvah Projects require a minimum 10-hour commitment to a single project. Interested students should contact Event Chair and Mitzvah Project Coordinator several months in advance to determine whether some aspect of coordinating this event could serve as a Mitzvah Project. While definitely a wonderful Mitzvah, volunteering as a shopping host alone will not fulfill the Mitzvah Project requirements.

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  • Partner Outside Organization: K.E.N. ProjectBrandon27s Buddies

    Chair: TBD, in partnership with through Dina Kaplan

    WebsiteBrandon’s Buddies

    When: Quarterly

    Date of Project: ongoing

    Description: Brandon’s Buddies provides an opportunity for children with special needs to play and interact with typically able kids. Brandon’s Buddies meets monthly at Gates Canyon Park (Brandon’s Village). However, Or Ami sponsors the event four times a year. 

    Volunteers help with arts and crafts, face painting; games, and playing with all the kids.

    Family Friendly: Yes

    Is It B’nai Mitzvah Project Worthy?: 10-hour minimum commitment – requires advance planning, Event Chair oversight, and Mitzvah Project Coordinator approval. Interested students should coordinate with the Event Chair to plan, recruit volunteers, and lead a specific aspect of Brandon’s Buddies playdates.

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  • Partner Outside Organization: Chaverim, a project of Jewish Family Service

    Chair: Rabbi Paul Kipnes Co-chair: Steve Keleman

    Websitewww.jfsla.org/chav and www.chaverimjfsla.org

    When: ongoing

    Completion Date of Last Project: ongoing

    Description: Adults with developmental disabilities (ages 18 to 88) enjoy the JFS Chaverim social friendship program that keeps them connected to the Jewish community.  We offer fun-filled and structured secular activities, such as bowling, field trips and exercise programs, as well as Jewish activities like Shabbat dinners, Passover Seders and B’nai Mitzvah preparation. Volunteers design and deliver programs, accompany participants on day trips and other activities, and welcome Chaverim members to Shabbat services

    Family Friendly: Ages 18-adult

    Is It B’nai Mitzvah Project Worthy?: Mitzvah Projects require a minimum 10-hour “hands on” commitment to a single project. Interested students contact Program Coordinator Gerry Dicker to determine whether there is a need within the student’s project timeframe for coordination of a specific activity. As always, advanced planning and Mitzvah Project Coordinator approval are required.

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  • Partner Outside Organization: LSS Community Care Center of Ventura CountyFeed the Hungry

    Chair: Lenore Alexander

    Website: www.lsscommunitycare.org

    When: Monthly, 4th Sunday of each Month, April to November

    Completion Date of Date of Last Project: Ongoing

    Description: We feed a group of homeless people, once a month, as part of an interfaith religious coalition. Volunteer prepare and serve a dinner at St. Patrick’s Church in Thousand Oaks. 4-6 families volunteer to prepare and serve meals to approximately 50 people. Specific details including sample meal plans are available by contacting the Chair.

    Family Friendly: Yes

    Is It B’nai Mitzvah Project Worthy?: 10-hour minimum commitment requiring advanced planning – interested students should contact the Event Chair to secure a date several months in advance and secure approval from Or Ami’s Mitzvah Project Coordinator. Student assumes responsibility for recruiting volunteers for the day (family, friends, and/or classmates), cooking some of the food, ensuring the required amount of food will be delivered, and coordinating volunteers to serve and clean up.

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  • Partner Outside Organization: New Directions for YouthFishing Trip with New Directions

    ChairRandy Sharon Co-chair: Marty Waschitz

    Website: Rabbi’s Blog

    When: July

    Date of Project: 7/1/2014

    Description: At risk youth from New Directions for Youth enjoy a fishing trip sponsored by the Los Angeles Rod and Reel Club. We provide chaperones and lunch, as the children fish. Volunteers act help the children, some of whom are fishing for the first time. 

    Family Friendly: No, adults only.

    Is It B’nai Mitzvah Project Worthy?: No

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  • Partner Outside Organization: Green Bag Project

    Chair: Victor Cohen

    Websitewww.green-bag-project.org

    When: Winter-Spring

    Completion Date of Last Project: 4/30/14

    Description: We collect clothing, blankets, water and ready-to-eat food for people on skid row. Volunteers organize the donations and put them into green bags. Volunteers can help distribute the bags to the homeless people on skid row.

    Family Friendly: Yes, but better for older children and adults with an open mind for interacting with destitute people.

    Is It B’nai Mitzvah Project Worthy?: 10-hour minimum commitment – requires advance planning, Event Chair oversight, and Mitzvah Project Coordinator approval.

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  • Partner Outside Organization: Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity 2

    Chair: Fred Gruber

    Website: www.habitat.org

    Completion Date of Last Project: TBD

    Description: Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical organization founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Volunteers gather building materials, and where possible, help with the building of actual houses.

    Family Friendly: Need to be 16 years or older to participate (16-18 needs parent consent)

    Is It B’nai Mitzvah Project Worthy?: No, due to minimum age requirement for participation.

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  • Partner Outside Organizations: Interfaith Council of Conejo Valley, with direct partnership with Islamic Center of Conejo Valley (ICCV)

    Chair: Kevin Palm

    Websitewww.iccv.org

    When: ongoing

    Completion Date of Last Project: ongoing

    Description: An ongoing project of our outreach program to various other local faith organizations, we try to foster a dialogue of understanding by sharing our similarities and appreciating our differences. Sessions can include pulpit exchanges, adult learning opportunities, as well as joint social justice projects. Our intention is to partner a few times a year with various community service activities, including partnering for B’nai Mitzvah projects. Current partners include the Islamic Center of Conejo Valley (ICCV).

    Family Friendly: Yes, for families with kids 11 years or older.

    Is It B’nai Mitzvah Project Worthy?: 10-hour minimum commitment – requires advance planning, Event Chair oversight, and Mitzvah Project Coordinator approval. Interested students should contact the Event Chair to determine whether an event featuring an interfaith dialogue among middle school students is appropriate, then plan, advertise, recruit participants, and lead the event.

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  • Partner Outside Organization: Hope of the Valley Rescue MissionJill27s Coats for Kids

    Chair: Sabrina Stone Co-chair: Chelsea Stone

    Websitewww.jillscoatsforkids.com

    When: December

    Completion Date of Last Project: 12/15/2013

    Description: We spread warmth and happiness by collecting and distributing coats to kids in need living in the San Fernando Valley. All second hand coats must be in great condition, and are washed and cleaned before being placed. Volunteers pick up coats from drop-off locations (at local schools, from people who call in donation offers, and at Or Ami), and wash all coats and then sort by age and gender before dropping them off at the distribution location. Volunteer adults (only) may also be present when children try on and select the coat of their choice.

    Family Friendly: Yes

    Is It B’nai Mitzvah Project Worthy?: 10-hour minimum commitment – requires advance planning, Event Chair oversight, and Mitzvah Project Coordinator approval.

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  • Partner Outside Organization: Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)

    ChairAllan Kassirer

    Website:  www.supportkind.org/en/

    When: ongoing

    Completion Date of Last Project: ongoing

    Description: The KIND Pro Bono advocacy program engages attorneys and Spanish speaking congregants to help children who have escaped from either abuse, harassment by drug related gangs, or were victims of crime in their native countries, and who have made the harrowing journey to the United States and been taken in to custody by the INS to gain legal status in the US. US law protects these children, and volunteers give minimal hours to help save these children.

    Family Friendly: No, need adults who are licensed attorneys and/or can speak fluent Spanish to help translate conversations into English.

    Is It B’nai Mitzvah Project Worthy?: No

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  • Partner Outside Organization: New Directions for Youth (ndfy.org)Mitzvah Day Spring Carnival

    Chair: Laurie Traygen-Boykoff Co-chairs: Debbie HuschDanielle Walsmith 

    Website: none

    Pictures: Check them out on Facebook

    When: Spring

    Completion Date of Last Project: 4/19/2014

    Description: Mitzvah Day April is a carnival hosted by Or Ami for at risk youth of New Directions for Youth, a social service agency providing counseling, academic tutoring, recreation and mentorship to youth at high risk of gang involvement. Volunteers are needed run the booths and activities at the carnival, as well as to sponsor booths, food and attractions. Or Ami volunteer adults/families are matched with youth from NDY as they go thru the carnival so that personal relationships can begin to build.

    Family Friendly: Yes

    Is It B’nai Mitzvah Project Worthy?: 10-hour minimum commitment – requires several months advance planning and approval by Event Chairs and Mitzvah Project Coordinator. Interested students should check with the Event Chairs about actual needs, such as providing advance planning and coordination of a specific booth or activity at the carnival.

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  • Partner Outside Organization: Reform CA (ndfy.org)Reform CA

    Chair: Rabbi Julia Weisz

    Websitewww.rac.org/reformca/

    Pictures: Check them out on Facebook

    When: ongoing

    Completion Date of Last Project: ongoing

    Description: Reform CA is a joint campaign of California Reform Movement to act powerfully together for justice in our state. As a project of the all the social justice initiatives of the Reform Movement (the Peace and Justice Committee of the CCAR, the Religious Action Center, and the Just Congregations) we feel called to come together as a Movement to play a role in repairing the California dream. We join with one another to address systemic issues of injustice that hurt our families and our brothers and sisters across lines of race, class, and faith. Justice has been at the foundation of our Reform Jewish Movement since its inception. Acting together, we seek to build a California that is just, compassionate, thriving, and inspiring. Volunteers hold one-to-one and small group gatherings to discover what issues concern us a individuals and then group together to address commonalities.

    Family Friendly: No

    Is It B’nai Mitzvah Project Worthy?: 10-hour minimum commitment – requires several months advance planning and approval by Event Chair and Mitzvah Project Coordinator. Interested students should check with the Event Chairs about actual needs.

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  • Partner Outside Organization: none

    ChairJack Mayer

    Websitewww.saveachildsheartus.org

    When: ongoing

    Completion Date of Last Project: ongoing

    Description: Save a Child’s Heart is a highly acclaimed Israeli international humanitarian medical project, located at the Wolfson Medical Center, a government hospital in Holon, Israel. Our mission is to save the lives of children from developing countries by performing heart surgery to correct congenital heart problems and deformities. Without this treatment all of these children would perish. Also we train pediatric heart surgeons and medical specialists to create medical teams to work in their own countries.  To date, we have saved more than 3300 children from 48 countries. More than half of the children who were treated successfully last year were from Gaza and the Palestinian Authority. SACH also operates a Children’s Home in Holon where the children and guardians from various countries stay normally for 3 months for pre and post-operative care. The cost to save one child is only ,000 … much less than a 10th of what it would cost in the United States.

    Family Friendly: Yes

    Is It B’nai Mitzvah Project Worthy?: Mitzvah Projects require a minimum 10-hour “hands on” commitment to a single project. Any fundraising needs to be above and beyond the basic requirements. Interested students should contact the Event Chair to discuss an advocacy or awareness-raising campaign involving outreach to schools, scouts, or other outside community organizations. Mitzvah Project Coordinator approval required.

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  • Partner Outside Organization: Canoga Park Elementary School

    ChairLisa Gordon

    Website: none

    When: November

    Completion Date of Last Project: 11/15/2013

    Description: Individuals and families choose one or more students from a local elementary school and, using shoe size provided, provide new athletic/running shoes to children in need. 

    Family Friendly: The program can be family friendly as a project for organizing and checking to make sure the correct shoe sizes were purchased, but an adult needs to organize everything else.

    Is It B’nai Mitzvah Project Worthy?: 10-hour minimum commitment – requires advance planning, Event Chair oversight, and Mitzvah Project Coordinator approval.

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  • Partner Outside Organization: Jewish World WatchWalk to End Genocide 2014

    Chair: TBD

    Website: walktoendgenocide.org

    When: April

    Completion Date of Last Project: 4/27/2014

    Description: Thousands of people come to walk together at the Jewish World Watch Walk To End Genocide. We march to let our local community and the world know that we will not stand idly by while human rights violations, violence, and genocide continue to impact the lives of innocent men, women and children. Participants walk for the cause, visit the Awareness Fair before and after the Walk, gather information at the advocacy booths on human rights abuses in Darfur, Sudan, Congo and elsewhere, participate in advocacy actions for the conflict minerals campaign, watch solar cooker demonstrations, make crafts, and listen to great music. The Walk evidences how our actions can change lives. It’s not just a Walk- it’s a Celebration of our community of conscience!

    Family Friendly: Yes, this program is geared towards families more than individuals.

    Is It B’nai Mitzvah Project Worthy?: Mitzvah Projects require a minimum 10-hour commitment to a single project. Interested students should contact Event Chair and Mitzvah Project Coordinator several months in advance to determine whether some aspect of coordinating this event could serve as a Mitzvah Project. While definitely a wonderful Mitzvah, participating in the Walk to End Genocide alone will not fulfill the Mitzvah Project requirements. Interested students could potentially coordinate with the Event Chair and/or Jewish World Watch to raise awareness and recruit participants for The Walk To End Genocide.

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