Social Action

Congregation Ohr Tzafon participates in and organizes many programs, such as feeding those in need, holding food drives, and building bridges of friendship and communication with other faith-based organizations in north San Luis Obispo County.

One of our regular events is preparing a monthly meal to feed those in need at ECHO: El Camino Homeless Organization.  COT members volunteer by preparing the meal, serving dinner, and cleaning up. Many local adults and children receive a free nutritious meal through this effort.

 Every High Holiday season, we collect nonperishable food items to benefit the SLO Food Bank  and monetary donations for Mazon:The Jewish response to Hunger.  The food items go to food bank in Paso Robles and our youth group volunteers in the warehouse. The donations go to the Los Angeles-based MAZON and help this national nonprofit organization in its mission to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and throughout the world. In addition, we participate in the Food Bank's GLEANSLO program - gleaning fruit and vegetables from field and orchard to provide fresh produce to Food Bank recipients. 

We support Get on the Bus.  Through this program of the Center for Restorative Justice Works, children are brought twice a year to California Men's Colony to visit their incarcerated dads.   We provide "stay connected" bags with stationary, stamps and picture frames, Rabbi Janice acts as a bus coordinator escorting families inside the prison and members participate in the party after the visit.   

On December 25 every year, COT members along with the Jewish community at large, prepare Christmas dinner for those in need in San Luis Obispo County.   . COT member Naomi Blakely and  Temple Ner Shalom member Sheri Eibshutz have led this effort for 25 years in our county.  Members cook the entire meal and transform the dining room at the Odd Fellows Hall into a festive banquet hall, complete with tablecloths and seasonal decor. The community also donates coats, and money to buy sleeping bags, socks and other warm essentials which are distributed to those in need. Toys are wrapped and set under the Christmas tree for children of all ages. 

Throughout the year, the Social Action Committee  responds to local and international crises through disaster relief fundraising. Rabbi Janice is a board member of People of Faith for Justice.  Our congregation supports her in this and participates in programming and justice alert actions.





Fri, October 20 2017 30 Tishrei 5778