Deuteronomy 15:11 "For there will never cease to be needy ones in your land, which is why I command you - open your hand to the poor and needy kinsman in your land."
The mission of our Social Action Committee is to energize and involve the members and friends of Shomrei Torah Synagogue to improve the lives of people in our local communities, in Israel, and across the world.
Join Project Open Hands as we partner with:• Netiya, a food and faith network that cultivates gardens on unused land at faith based institutions to grow and tithe nutritious food• Food Forward, with whom we will harvest unused fruit from our yards to be donated to local food pantries• Sepulveda Bird Sanctuary, where we learn about the variety of birds and other wildlife of the area while we assist clean-up• Tierra Rejada, Underwood Family Farm, where we harvest vegetables for donation to a Food Pantry• Downtown Women's Shelter and Hope of the Valley Hot Shower Program, for whom we collect and package toiletries
We have recently begun a partnership with Imagine LA, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that works with faith-based organizations by matching teams of mentors with families who are struggling to break the cycle of homelessness to provide them with some support and guidance to stay on track. For more information on opportunities at STS with regard to Imagine LA, contact Stu Silverstein at
For the past several years, STS has been providing one of the city's largest contingents of weekly volunteers to Koreh L.A., the childhood literacy program run by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles (according to the Jewish Federation's records). Interested? Contact Stu Silverstein at
A number of new Initiatives are under development now. Interested in joining our efforts? For more information, contact committee co-chairs Zygi Boxer