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Make a Difference with the Mitzvah Corps

Sunday, March 22, 2020 – Help us to make this even bigger and better! Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to do good and have fun! Do you have a project that you would like to suggest? Contact Sarah Feld at or (727) 631-2489.
or Jackie Wertel at or (727) 434-1505.

Updates from the Mitzvah Corps:

Volunteer sign up books are now located in the office, in the foyer, and in the kitchen. Please sign both in and out so we know who is in the building, and to allow us to count volunteer hours of our members for future grant purposes.

Family Promise

CBI is now a “supporting partner” to Temple Beth-El for Family Promise, a local non-profit organization providing intensive case management to homeless families. Family Promise has the highest success rate of any family shelter program in the area with 93% of participants currently housed for one- to two-week periods.  Prepare and serve dinners and/or stay overnight with these families in their group housing. Volunteers must attend a training session. 
CBI’s Dorothy Bowser serves on the Board of Family Promise and can also provide information at 917-584-5094.

Participating congregations provide congregational housing for one- to two-week periods while volunteers, including those from “supporting partners,” provide dinner meals and/or sleep overnight to safeguard the guests, approximately 12 people (4 families) at any one time.  Family Promise of Pinellas County works together with churches and synagogues to provide temporary housing, food, job finding and budget training assistance to needy families. Volunteer: Prepare and serve dinners and/or stay overnight with these families in their group housing. In addition to housing and food, Family Promise provides job finding assistance and budget training. 

CBI Cares Committee (Gemilut Chasadim)

The newly renamed and revitalized Gemilut Hasadim has three primary functions, each to be headed by an as-yet unnamed Chair.
Reaching Out:  Cards, calls, visits as appropriate to shut-ins at their home; those in nursing homes, ALF’s, and hospitals; and those undergoing or receiving medical treatment.
Shabbat meals for members in need because of illness, recovery, shiva, or relocation and the member’s caretaker and/or family.
Shabbat kits.  The making and delivery a challah, grape juice, non-burning candles, and card to be distributed to those shut in, in a hospital or rehabilitation facility. 
Contact the CBI Office for details. 

Monday Morning at the Free Clinic Food Pantry

Drop in to help at the Food Pantry on the 3rd Monday of every month from 9:00 to 12 noon. Contact Debbie Sokolov at

Mitzvah Garden

Volunteers are needed to care for seasonal plantings. Our goal is to grow our garden into a much larger farm in our overflow parking area and donate fresh veggies to food pantries! Learn about what is growing at CBI – Contact Michael Barth at


Tue, November 12 2019 14 Cheshvan 5780