Partnering Organizations


Social Action Partnering Organizations

Check out some of the fabulous organizations making a difference in our community. Some of these opportunities are time sensitive and others require advanced registration. If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to the organization for more information. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Barbara Goldman or Ellen Kass, Co-Chairs, Temple Emanuel Social Action Committee

Walk for Hunger: The Walk for Hunger route follows a 10-mile route starting on Boston Common, walking along the Charles River and ending as always on the Boston Common. Contact: Steve Bloom.


The Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy: Temple Emanuel volunteers serve as reading tutors 1-2 hours per week at the Ohrenberger School in West Roxbury. Contact: Pam Weil.


jfcs_logoFamily Table: This JF&CS program supports the only kosher food pantry in Boston and serves over 150 needy families. Contact: Wayne Purnell.


logo_gbfb_fa_lrgGreater Boston Food Bank: Volunteer with our Temple Emanuel group.

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. Volunteers will be sorting and organizing food for delivery to those in need. Volunteers need to be 16 or older. Contact Barbara Goldman.


cradlesCradles to Crayons: The Social Action Committee, in cooperation with the Temple Emanuel Preschool, helps organize toy and clothing drives to benefit this local non-profit that provides homeless and needy children with basic essentials. Volunteer groups also go to their Giving Factory to help. To learn more about Cradles to Crayons visit their website.  Contact: Ellen Kass, Barbara Goldman or Amy Silberstein


Newton Food Pantry: Great hands-on volunteer opportunity for Temple Emanuel members on Wednesday afternoons from 3:15 – 5:00 two times per month. Super community service opportunity for high school students! Contact Hope Suttin.


Winter Coat Drive:  Each winter, Social Action Committee volunteers collect new and gently used coats and other winter wear to benefit the attendees of the Mass Avenue Baptist Church Soup Kitchen. Contact: Barbara Goldman or Ellen Kass.


morethanwords_logoMore Than Words is a nonprofit bookstore and cafe in Waltham and Boston that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school, to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a bookstore. Volunteers will be working with the involved youth to sort, scan, and ship books. Volunteers need to be 12 or older. For further information and to RSVP, contact Barbara Goldman.


Annual Xmas Dinner at the Mass Ave Baptist Church
Volunteers needed to help with food and clothing distribution. For further information and to RSVP, contact Ellen Kass.


Gift of Life Project: Want to save a life? Join the bone marrow donation registry or help enlist others. Contact Al Kaplan.


projectmanna_logoProject Manna Spring Concert: This annual concert, a highlight of the Temple calendar, brings together several talented choirs to support the Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church Hot Meals Program. Contact: Penny Scharfman.


satsunbread_logoSaturday’s Bread / Sunday’s Bread: We provide volunteer workers every 6 weeks to serve a mid-day meal to homeless people in Boston. Contact: Abby Flam or 617-795-0219.



Furniture Drive: We run an annual drive to collect used furniture and household items for the Mass. Coalition for the Homeless Furniture Bank. Contact Michael Gardener.