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Counting Our Blessings: A Journey to Shavuot

From Rabbi Miller –

The weeks leading up to Shavuot are counted off one day at a time with the ritual of counting the omer. Once a way to mark time between agricultural events, the counting now became a time to prepare oneself for revelation. Each day making an accounting of our own actions and readying ourselves to be partners with the Holy One. This year we are engaging in our own counting, doing mitzvot to prepare ourselves for the festival of Shavuot and revelation. The Tikkun Olam Volunteers have organized a series of activities titled, “Counting our Blessings – A Journey to Shavuot.” Volunteer opportunities to count our blessings will include working with Empty Bowls, Meals of Hope, Café of Life, Bikes for Tykes, Habitat for Humanity and Harry Chapin Food Bank. With each activity we will repair our world and be more prepared to for that moment at Sinai.

Registration is required for all activities with the exception of Bike for Tykes.

Thursday, May 11 from noon to 5:00pm  

Bikes for Tykes is a 501(c)3 organization based in Naples, which provides used bikes to underprivileged children and families. Please consider dropping off your old bike – all sizes needed. Bike parts are also welcome. Bikes for Tykes drop off location: 5950 Cope Lane, Naples 34112

Contact Don Belmont for more information -

CAFE OF LIFE  - Monday, May 15 from 9:30am-10:30am 

The Café of Life's mission is to provide basic human needs to the very poor and hungry people of the Bonita Springs area. Volunteers are needed to help prepare meals for 80 people.  

Café of Life location: 26724 Nomad Street, Bonita Springs 34135 

Register by contacting Susan Hager at

MEALS OF HOPE - Tuesday,  May 16 from 8:45AM – 11:00am

A Temple Shalom Mitzvah Day favorite, but a year-round effort. Volunteers are needed to help package meals for those in need. Carpooling will be best. Meals of Hope location - 4344 Arnold Ave, Naples 34104 

Contact Bruce or Carol Sherman to register: or

HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK - Friday, May 19 noon to 3:00pm

Volunteers are needed to sort and pack food for distribution.

Harry Chapin Food Bank location: 3940 Prospect Ave, Naples 34104 

Contact Ken Goldstein to register -

Monday, May 22 1:00pm

Join us to paint bowls using a kit with all the supplies you will need. The bowls you paint will be sold by Empty Bowls Naples, Inc. which distributes grants to local non-profit organizations supporting their mission to eliminate hunger in our community. The cost to participate is $10/bowl.

Empty Bowls location: 2221 Corporation Blvd, Naples, FL 34109

To register, contact Di Karpman at

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - Tuesday, May 23 8:00am – 12:00pm

Lend a hand to help solve the affordable housing problem in our area. Volunteers typically help with painting, caulking, installing siding and assisting in door/window installations.

Register using this link - 

Contact Andy Karpman with questions –



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