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.

April Collection 2019

Feminine Hygiene Products for A Place to Turn, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), and DONATE . 

Please consider supporting local women in need by donating feminine hygiene products in honor of the Women’s Seder this month. Donation bins will be available in the temple lobby beginning April 1st or you can bring your contribution to the Seder. Collections will be divided between Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) and DONATE . (period). Questions or want to get more involved with these organizations? Contact Jen Lawrence: [email protected].

BHCHP is a local non-profit whose mission is to provide access to quality health care for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. BHCHP provides medical services to over 11,000 individuals every year engaging homeless patients in places familiar to them: in shelters, hospitals, under bridges, along back alleys, and countless other locations.

Created by a local high school student, DONATE . is a non-profit charity affiliated with A Place To Turn food pantry. DONATE . collects sanitary pads and tampons for teen girls and young women in need of feminine products. DONATE . distributed over 15,000 feminine hygiene products in 2018.

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.  

Click here to donate!

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.