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Mitzvah Day Sunday, November 3, 2019 Congregation Rodef Sholom

Mitzvah Day and Tikkun Olam at Rodef Sholom

Being a member of Rodef Sholom means participating regularly in acts of tikkun: repair of our personal lives (tikkun atzmi), our community (tikkun kehilla), and our world (tikkun olam). Mitzvah Day is one of the crown jewels of our year-round tikkun efforts. Marin’s social service agencies have come to rely on the tremendous outpouring of love and labor from Rodef Sholom congregants.

How to Mitzvah Day •

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Choose three projects that appeal to you and rank them on the online registration form at If you need a printed form, contact Moji at or stop by the front office to pick one up. Projects are filled on a first come, first served basis, so respond as soon as possible. Many projects can accommodate only a small number of people. Signup deadline is October 18. Between October 19 and 22 you will be called by your project leader with details on time, place, materials required, etc. Remember to sign up to donate blood before or after your scheduled project. To schedule your life-saving appointment, please visit Click “donate blood” and enter sponsor code “RodefSholom” (no spaces) or call Toni Golbus at 415.482.8375. On Mitzvah Day, come enjoy our bountiful bagel breakfast, sponsored by Women of Rodef Sholom, at 9:00 am in the social hall. Breakfast will be followed by inspirational words from our clergy and an opportunity to meet other congregants before we set off to do our projects. THIS YEAR: Mitzvah Day is the day after the clocks turn back an hour for Daylight Savings Time. Check the time before leaving your house!


1. Knit some comfort | 10 am–12 noon Coordinator: Claudette Greenblat Bring your knitting needles and create scarves and hats for unsheltered members of our community to keep them warm this winter. Knitting experience required. (min. age: 10)


2. Forget Me Not Farm | 10:30 am–12:30 pm Coordinator: Lanie King People with green thumbs and a love of animals will have lots to do at this Sonoma County farm that provides children, plants, and animals a place to bond and heal. (min. age: 8)


Falkirk Mansion | 10:30 am–12:30 pm Coordinator: Ron Gaines Does anything smell better than the earth in autumn? We think not. Help with landscaping and beautifying the grounds. (min. age: 6)

4. Hal Brown Park at Creekside 10:30 am–12:30 pm Coordinator: Dana Pepp Protect endangered species with habitat restoration. Suggested for kids in grades 1–3. 5.

Stafford Lake 10:30 am– 12:30 pm Coordinator: Susan Lauer Beautify bike path and stabilize terrain features by planting native grasses and trees, Suggested for kids in grades 4-6. (min. age: 6)



Venetia Valley School Gardening 10 am–12 noon Coordinator: Liz Einbinder Make back-to-school a little better with a garden that’s ready to plant pumpkins, flowers, and herbs. (min. age: 5) MLK Jr. Academy School Garden 10:30 am–12:30 pm Coordinator needed Help with garden maintenance and planting for this school in Marin City (min. age: 5)

SPECIAL ADOPTED PROJECTS 8. McNear’s Beach Cleanup | 10:30 am–12:30 pm Teen Project Coordinator: Rachel Altfeld Hit the beach with a big old trash bag and feel great about leaving it better than you found it. 9.

Tam Valley/Mill Valley Bike Path 10:30 am–12:30 pm For Family Chavurah and new members only! Coordinator: Ed Grossman and Joshua Davis Volunteers will focus on all-around improvement to the bikepath and surrounding areas.


10. St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Free Dining Room Shifts: A) 8–9:30 am: prep B) 9–10:30 am: prep C) 10:15 am–1:00 pm: serve and cleanup Coordinators: Eric and Debra Wertheimer Volunteers are needed to prep and serve food at this year-round dining room that feeds more than 300 people per day. (min age: 16)

11. Mitzvah Day Breakfast | 8–10 am Coordinators: Melody Horowitz & Evi Rachelson Hungry volunteers will appreciate your hard work setting up the breakfast on Mitzvah Day. Thanks to the Women of Rodef Sholom for once again underwriting the cost of the breakfast. (min. age: 10)


12. Blood Drive with Vitalant Blood Center 8:30 am–1 pm Coordinator: Toni Golbus Indicate how you can help on the registration form: a. Donate blood. State a time preference on the registration form or go to Click “donate blood” and enter sponsor code “rodefsholom”. Or call Toni at 415.482.8375. b. Host and serve refreshments for donors. c. Bake cookies for the Blood Drive donors. 13. Art Project for CERES Community Project 10 am–12 noon Coordinator: Ilene Pearce Make someone’s dinnertime brighter by creating cards that will be included in meals sent to cancer patients in treatment. 14. Jewish Community Free Clinic | 10 am–12 noon Coordinator Debbi Handler. Those envelopes won’t stuff themselves! (min. age: 10) 15. No-Sew Baby Blanket Making| 10:00 am–12 noon Coordinator: Pamela Harlem and Ellen Peterson Create cozy, fun blankets for Marin Community Clinic without needles or thread, just clever knotting. No sew—who knew? Suggested for families with young children. 16. The Redwoods | 10–11:15 am Coordinator: Nancy Bernstein Kids are welcome to bring their voices, instruments, magicians’ hats, whatever special talent they have, and share it with residents.

CONGREGATION RODEF SHOLOM 170 North San Pedro Road San Rafael, CA 94903

honor and celebrate

E E T T I M M O GC N I Z I N A G R MARIN O Y R A S R E V I N TEN-YEAR AN Congregation Rodef Sholom is a founding member of MOC, which brings together more than 20 congregations and community organizations in Marin County to partner on issues such as protections for renters in Marin, funding for a housing-focused shelter, issues around educational equity, and fair treatment for immigrants. Through building relationships and telling our stories we are seeing emerging themes in the areas of mental health, aging in Marin, housing and more. Join others across Marin for this powerful and effective work to identify issues and work on solutions—contact Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown: Friday, October 25 at 6:15 pm Shabbat Services: Hear stories from members of Rodef Sholom about some of the transformative work in which we’ve been involved. Sunday, October 27 3:00-5:00 pm: Celebrating 10 years of positive change at the Marin Civic Center Exhibit Hall

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Mitzvah Day 2019  

Donate, knit, plant, cook—whatever you're good at, your talents are especially valued on Mitzvah Day, this year on November 3.

Mitzvah Day 2019  

Donate, knit, plant, cook—whatever you're good at, your talents are especially valued on Mitzvah Day, this year on November 3.