We take seriously the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, actively seeking ways to participate in the sacred work to repair the brokenness in our world.

Get Involved

Learn more about our standing social action projects below and visit our web calendar for dates, details, and a complete snapshot of our direct service opportunities.


Backpack Buddies

Kids in our neighborhood are hungry - we can help! Backpack Buddies is a nationwide program that aims to end childhood hunger one backpack at a time. We pack and provide nutritious meals and healthy snacks for New York City children in need.

Learn more about Backpack Buddies »Support Backpack Buddies with a donation »

PLEASE NOTE: When making a donation, please be sure to direct your gift to this program by selecting Backpack Buddies from the "How would you like to allocate your gift?" dropdown menu in the form linked above.

Collection Drives

Throughout the year we collect coats for a local thrift store helping families in crisis, toys for underprivileged children, books for Project Cisero to benefit under-resourced schools, and host a blood drive for the New York Blood Center.

Look out for more information in The Weekly and check our calendar for dates.


Put together care packages for homebound seniors in our community at onegs following Shabbat services throughout the year.

Look out for more information in The Weekly and check our calendar for dates.

Mitzvah Day

Twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, our entire community comes together to give our time, energy, and care and enact our commitment to Tikkun Olam - repairing our broken world. This signature offers direct service volunteer opportunities for all ages both inside and outside of the synagogue and include, beautifying our neighborhood park, serving meals at local shelters and support centers, and craft activities to lift the spirits of those suffering from illness or trauma.

Sign-up goes live about a month before with an event launch email going to all our members. When the time comes, keep your eyes on your inbox!

Mitzvah INC (In the Community)

Mitzvah INC is a monthly opportunity to do direct service in the greater community. Past Mitzvah INC events have included serving at a dinner for food-insecure NYers and playing bingo to provide connection and companionship at a senior home.

Look out for more information in The Weekly and check our calendar for dates.

Sandwich Saturday

Make bag lunches to help City Harvest feed hungry New Yorkers. Each volunteer is asked to bring three loaves of sliced whole wheat or multigrain bread and 18 pieces of fruit (no bananas please).

Check our calendar for dates »

Sanctuary Stitchers

Combine your passion for knitting with your desire to help others. Sanctuary Stitchers meets monthly to knit blankets for Project Linus.

Check our calendar for dates »

Soup Kitchen

Shaaray Tefila’s Soup Kitchen has been a part of Shaaray Tefila’s community for over 30 years. Every Wednesday, our synagogue makes and serves lunch to those in need.

Questions or interested in participating? Contact Amy Schwach »

Welcoming Team

At Shaaray Tefila, we are committed to creating an environment in which current and prospective members of our community feel welcomed. One of the ways this happens is with a team of volunteers (like you!) who greet others during Shabbat, High Holy Days, and special events. We would love for you to join our welcoming team - it is a fun way to serve and engage with our community.

Have any questions, or interested in participating? Contact Rabbi Ilana Schachter »