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Mitzvah Corps | Congregation B'nai Israel

Sunday, March 3, 2019 – 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 Judi Gordon:

Updates from the Mitzvah Corps:

June & July :
Help local youth get ready for the upcoming school year. Drop off your new school and home supplies at CBI in the baskets provided in the lobby now through July 20. Click here for a full list of needed supplies.

See what’s happening now and learn how you can make a difference — in a few hours, in one day or more; from your home or with others:

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. Volunteers must attend a training session. The work is meaningful and extremely worthwhile. The people in the program are decent people who for multiple reasons are no longer able to pay rent or a mortgage. In addition to housing and food Family Promise provides job finding assistance and budget training. We need more volunteers! Contact Dorothy Bowser at or 917-584-5094.

Anita Helfand has been sending cards designed by our children to shut-ins and people who are ill. As you can imagine, she could use help with this worthwhile project. Volunteer from the comfort of your home! Karen Kauffman is one Mitzvah Corps volunteer who has taken on the mitzvah of visiting some of our hospitalized members and we still need more volunteers. Please contact Anita at

Kids entering foster care often come with just the clothes on their backs and no shoes. On average, 85 pairs of shoes each month are needed for these kiddos. This is why CBI is partnering with Lutheran Services FL for a shoe drive because sometimes the tiniest gesture can begin to fix the world for a child. Please drop a new pair of shoes at the synagogue office, no later than mid-June. For more info, contact Ari Weisberg at CBI collected 70 pairs of shoes as of June 1!

The 3rd Monday of every month, a great group of people help at the Food Pantry from 9:00 to noon. Drop in or contact Debbie Sokolov at

Michael Barth reports that the Garden has gone through a couple of growing seasons, yielding healthy veggies used for kiddush lunches!
Volunteers are needed for one Sunday’s post season work in preparation for Fall’s plantings and again in September to get the planting going.
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 at

Wed, September 19 2018 10 Tishrei 5779