Collections and Tzedakah

“Give of can always give something, even if it is only one has ever become poor from giving.” Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, March 1944


Help support our community partners that help people in need. We encourage you to bring in these items or donate funds the next time you stop by TBE. There is always an opportunity to make a difference.


Fall and Winter Collections 2018

There are designated bins in the atrium to collect cereal, canned salmon (or tuna) and other items to support Boston area non-profit organizations who serve people in need. Check the TBE website and bulletin for more details on seasonal collections. 

Fall Winter Clothes & Toy Drive
November 18-December 16

Many thanks to TBE’s direct service initiatives, Community of Adult Social Action (CASA) and Family Social Action Group (FSAG), for helping to coordinate, sort and deliver our collections this year.  

Please place the following donations in the marked rolling bins in the atrium:

  • Clean, Gently used Winter Coats and Sweatshirts, all sizes welcome, but large sizes especially needed.

  • NEW unwrapped Toys for ages infant through teens

CASA volunteers will sort and deliver the winter clothing to Generic Ministry in Needham, who will then deliver coats, food and supplies to homeless and needy on the streets of Boston

FSAG volunteers will bundle and deliver the toys to ROFEH International in Boston, who will distribute holiday presents to children and families in care at Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Floating Hospital for Children in December.  Some toys will also be distributed to Christmas in the City in December on December 16th.



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January Collections

TBE is collecting new white socks, underwear, hats, gloves and blankets for adults and children to benefit Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP). Donations may be placed in the bins in the atrium through January 31.

BHCHP is a local non-profit whose mission is to provide access to the highest quality health care for individuals and families experiencing homelessness throughout the Greater Boston area. BHCHP provides medical services to approximately 11,000 individuals annually, at over 45 clinic sites through the work of its multidisciplinary health care teams. These teams engage homeless patients in family and emergency shelters, hospitals, under bridges, along back alleys, and countless other unconventional locations.


JF&CS Family Table (Ongoing)

JF&CS Family Table Needs Your Help!

JF&CS Family Table is the largest kosher food pantry in New England, serving more than 500 households. Please contribute to TBE's commitment to supply Family Table with 50 cans of salmon and 50 boxes of whole grain cereal each month. The collection bins are located in the main lobby of the synagogue, adjacent to the stairs. Interested congregants may also volunteer to pack and deliver the groceries to Family Table clients (10/21 is the first delivery date). 

Contacts: Jen Lawrence ([email protected]).  Click here for a full schedule of distribution dates and more information about Family Table.

High Holiday Hunger Drive: Our Tamchui (Community Tzedakah Fund) Food Drive/Collection 

A Tamchui is a community pool of tzedakah funds. As we join together to make a collective contribution from TBE to various organizations within our community, we reinforce the strong value we place on Tikkun Olam. Donations will be allocated to support six worthy organizations that address the critical issue of hunger within our community. You can decide for yourself how to allocate your personal contribution. Take some time to learn about the mission of each organization and select the charity of your choice. Contacts: Jennifer Meyerheardt ([email protected]) or Julie Kreiss ([email protected]) 

Women's Lunch Place

Women's Lunch Place (WLP) is a daytime shelter for homeless and low income women. In addition to serving breakfast and lunch to 175 women a day, Women's Lunch Place also offers showers, clothes, sleeping rooms, field trips and advocacy to the guests. TBE regularly collects small sized toiletries for the guests of WLP. Click here to view a list of needs and donations. Contacts: Carol Salter ([email protected]) or Lisa Siegel ([email protected]) 

Individual Congregant Drives and Collections

Many Temple members organize their own food drive or collections in honor of their child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah, or other simcha. Contact: Jennifer Meyerhardt ([email protected]) 



Every month we donate the funds from our community tzedakah box (in the atrium) to fund initiatives that repair our world. One month, we may support our community partners in direct service or advocacy work; while another month we may support a community struggling to recover from a horrific event. The monthly recipient is listed on the Tzedakah box. 

This Month's Tzedakah: The Social Action (Tikkun Olam) Fund

We have made a lasting difference in this world. We have showed up when it mattered most, raised money and collected items for those in need, and put a smile on so many people's faces. If you would like to further support these types of programs and actions at TBE, please donate to our Tikkun Olam Fund by contributing to our atrium Tzedakah box this month, or clicking the link and selecting the Social Action Fund in the drop down menu on the donation form.  

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Examples of past Tzedakah Recipients Include:

Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence

Havayah Participation in March for Our Lives


Yad Chessed
Green Fund for Environmental Sustainability City Mission
Community Servings MIRA Coalition
High Holy Day Hunger Drive Social Action (Tikkun Olam) Fund
Syrian Refugee Resettlement Fund MAICCA


Do You Have an Organization You Want TBE to Support?

Is there an organization that you volunteer for or want to support? Contact Julie Kreiss with your request.