Social Action


Kerem Shalom has always been committed to social action. For a list of Jewish organizations needing tzedakah, click here.

Projects

Mitzvah Day

"Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed citizens to change the world. Indeed, it has never been done otherwise." - Margaret Mead

In its twelfth year, Mitzvah DAY ONE is now a well-subscribed, much anticipated, highly populated, volunteer-run event that our membership is proud of: a day on which we experience the power of a community effort towards Tikkun Olam, healing the world.

Tzedakah, righteous giving, Gimilut Chasadim, acts of loving kindness, and social action, all are aspects of Tikkun Olam.

With more than 200 members participating in projects on- or offsite as volunteers or donors, and some 30 volunteers either running projects or assisting at Mitzvah Day, your commitment made all the difference. Thank you to everyone!

Click here to see what we accomplished on Mitzvah DAY ONE, 5776.

Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy

If you love working with children grades kindergarten through third grade; have one hour a week to volunteer and think literacy is important, then come and join the Kerem Shalom team that is part of the Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy (GBJCL).

Volunteers are asked to commit one hour each week (at yours and the teachers convenience) during school hours to work one-on-one with students who need help in bringing their reading skills to grade level. No previous teaching experience is necessary. All volunteers will receive training before working with their reading partners. Six of us have been doing this wonderful mitzvah for two years already and we would love to expand our merry band of volunteers. We have partnered with the Green Meadow Elementary School in Maynard. As one volunteer remarked "It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life."

If you are interested or want to know more about our experience, please contact Karen Belinky at kbelinkyatgmaildotcom  (kbelinkyatgmaildotcom)   or 978-369-6384.

Open Table

Open Table was founded in 1989 to provide weekly nutritious meals and a food pantry to anyone who wanted them – no questions asked. Our purpose is to address the hunger that exists in our area and to do this in a manner that respects the privacy and dignity of our guests and provides them with a few moments of respite from their daily challenges. The Open Table is a way to open arms and hearts in the community, share success and gifts, practice values that enhance common humanity and to give and receive kindness.

For more information on Open Table, please visit the Web site, www.opentableinc.org.

Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts (HGRM): Helping People Make a Home

Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts (HGRM) is an independent not-for-profit organization based in Acton, MA that provides household goods, free of charge, to people in need. We accept donations of gently used household items that will help people make a home. As an organization staffed by volunteers, we depend on the generosity of community members for goods, time and financial support. Please consider supporting us so that we can continue to achieve our mission.

Kerem Shalom volunteers staff the warehouse and help clients select goods the third Sunday of the month. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Naomi Rosenfeld (naomidotrosenfeldatgmaildotcom). This is a wonderful activity for parents and children 11 and older and is a fantastic project for B'nai mitzvah families.

Yad b'Yad

The Yad b'Yad committee helps members of our community who are in need. In case of illness, death in the family or other difficult circumstances, committee members are ready to provide meals, rides, shopping or a minyan when required. If you would like to join this effort or have a need, please contact JoAnn Simon at joann_simonatyahoodotcom  (joann_simonatyahoodotcom)  .

Jewish Family & Children's Service - Family Table

JF&CS Family Table, the largest kosher food pantry in New England, provides healthy food on a monthly and emergency basis to individuals and families in need. Their mission is to alleviate hunger in a way that meets nutritional and spiritual needs. Last year, JF&CS Family Table provided more than 18,000 bags of groceries when serving almost 800 individuals every month. Each household receives a complete set of healthy groceries including fresh produce, personal hygiene items, and Jewish holiday and ritual items such as challah and Shabbat candles.

What can you do to help? It’s easy! Whenever you are grocery shopping, pick up some whole wheat pasta and cans of tuna and then drop them off at Kerem Shalom the next time you're there. We have committed to a monthly delivery of these items to JF&CS Family Table, and need your help to make it happen. Any questions, please contact Susan Brager Murphy at sjbdotmurphyatverizondotnet  (sjbdotmurphyatverizondotnet)  .