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CNS Tikkum Olam Social Action Committee
Coming Together to Repair The World

CNS’ Tikkum Olam Social Action Committee is a new social action network that brings our community together in a number of areas to repair the world. The goal of the CNS Tikkum Olam Social Action Committee is to bring all of our volunteer opportunities together and make it even easier for you to jump in and get involved!

In the following pages, there are project descriptions and the person to contact if you would like to get involved. We also have a calendar of projects that you can sign up for today! Please visit Neveh Shalom’s Facebook page to sign up and for updates on volunteer opportunities.

Not seeing a cause you think we should support? Contact Lindsay von Colditz, Membership and Engagement Director, 503.293.7313, to get your cause or event listed on the network.

Food, Shelter and Essential Needs

Charity drives for food, clothing, household goods
The need in our greater Portland community for basic items is enormous and constant. We at Neveh Shalom respond by doing what we can to help make a difference. During various times of the year, we ask congregants to help with our numerous charity drives. Look for announcements in our email blasts for items needed. If you would like to start your own charity drive, we are here to help facilitate!

Contact: Lindsay von Colditz, Membership and Engagement Director,, 503.293.7313.
Ages: 6+

Community Warehouse
Community Warehouse is a volunteer-based nonprofit agency in Portland that provides furniture and household items to people in need. We are always looking for donations of essential furniture, linens and household goods! We rely on volunteers to keep our doors open. Mark your calendars for Purim! Bring your SPOONS, POTS AND PANS to the megillah reading. After you use them as noisemakers we will collect them for re-use by families in need!

Contact: Roz Babener,
Ages: 6+

Cooking for Outside In
One Sunday a month Neveh Shalom members gather in the Neveh Shalom kitchen to prepare a main dish and salad for 60 homeless youth at Outside In. Outside In’s mission is to help homeless youth move toward improved health and self-sufficiency. We cook in the Neveh Shalom kitchen from 12–2pm. Please check for updates on the CNS weekly eblasts.

Contact: Rick Botney,
Ages: 6+

Soup to the Streets
Soup to the Streets is a special initiative by Rabbi Kosak. During the winter months, when the need for food and shelter amongst Portland’s homeless community is the greatest, congregants come together at Rabbi’s house, prepare a hot meal and go to the streets to directly feed those that need it the most.

Contact: Lisa Richmond,

Men’s Club Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity believes that every person should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. They build and repair houses using volunteers and donations. Through our Men’s Club, volunteers work with Habitat Home Construction and Repair Projects three to four times a year. We frequently collaborate with members of Bilal Mosque.

Contact: Steve Sirkin 503.454.0610;
Contact: Dick Cohon 503.644.3862;

Sisterhood’s Hygiene Kit & Undergarment Collection Drive
Travel sized hygiene items and undergarments assist Transitions Project, a nonprofit that provides showers and clothing for homeless people who are not in a shelter. Collection boxes are in the Eleanor Fisher foyer and in the lobby outside the main office. All items should be new and unopened.

Contact: Sisterhood, Co-Presidents Toby Blake or Jennifer Kalenscher,

Refugees, Immigrants and Global Human Rights

Never Again Coalition
Meets 1st Monday of each month, 7pm. The Never Again Coalition is Portland’s response to genocide and other crimes against humanity. Joining together from different organizations, we stand together and work towards revitalizing the phrase Never Again. Our focus is on conflicts in Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Rohingya Crisis; we are dedicated to raising awareness and putting an end to these deadly conflicts. We do a range of programming throughout the year and have many exciting events for 2018– 2019.

Contact: Lauren Fortgang,

Care Kits for Community Warehouse
This Sukkot, the CNS Tikkun Olam committee is gathering items for restart kits for Community Warehouse. Restart kits are filled with essential household items needed for anyone to start over (pots and pans, plates, shower curtains, toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc.). An email request and sign up will be sent in mid-August asking your family to participate in this project.

Contact: Sarah Chenven,
Contact: Debbie Plawner,
Ages: 6+

Helping the Neveh Shalom Kehillah

Bake cookies for Onegs or Special Events
Love to bake and share your delicious creations? Sign up and we’ll get in touch with you when we are in need of some special treats.

Contact: Lisa Richmond,
Ages: 6+

Birthday Calls to Seniors
Make a senior feel special on his/her birthday by making a phone call and wishing them well. The recipients love hearing from us and being acknowledged. It is a true mitzvah!

Contact: Galina Kogan,, 503.297.3989

Hesed Committee NEW!
Help your fellow congregants at their time of greatest need by either providing a meal, a ride or just friendship. The Hesed Committee invites you to be an active part of our kehilla by being available to help out other CNS members when a life event impedes their daily activities.

Contact: Barb Schwartz,
Contact: Sheri Cordova,

Chevra Kavod haMet / Shroud Crowd
The Chevra Kavod haMet (Society for Honoring the Dead) is one of two groups in the Portland metropolitan area that provides traditional end-of-life ritual services for the Jewish community. We perform the rituals of tahara (ritually purifying and dressing the deceased) and shmira (accompanying the deceased from the time of tahara until the funeral) for our congregation as well as other congregations. Shroud Crowd helps to create traditional burial clothing which will then be used by the Chevra Kavod haMet for their work.


College Outreach
Our College Outreach committee is a dedicated group of parents and members who keep our college students and military connected to our Neveh Shalom family through regular care packages. If your child is away, College Outreach is the perfect way to be sure they receive a bit of “Jewish comfort from home.”

Contact: Lindsay von Colditz,

Yad b’Yad – Holding the Hand of those in Mourning
Yad b’ Yad is Neveh Shalom’s program for reaching out to mourners during their first year of loss. Jewish tradition teaches us that no one should have to walk through the valley of grief alone. Yad b’Yad offers a personal, caring presence in addition to the synagogue minyan – someone to accompany you through this year, marking each milestone through the mourning process. To learn more about this program, look for our series of four booklets located outside of Stampfer Chapel and in the back of Zidell Chapel.

Contact: Rabbi Eve Posen,, 503.246.8831

Protecting Nature and the Environment

Shomrei Teva
Shomrei Teva is Neveh Shalom’s environmental group – our “green team.” We aim to provide fun and inspiring opportunities for congregants to learn about Jewish teachings on nature and to apply them at home, outdoors, and at the shul.  Our activities include the restoration of the creekside next to Neveh Shalom, elimination of food waste at synagogue events, learning opportunities, and Jewish-flavored nature hikes. From time to time, we partner with other faith-based environmental groups, national and local Jewish groups, and our own religious school.

Contact: Jordan Epstein, 503.245.6580,
Ages: 6+