CBJ Gives Back

Giving abundantly to our synagogue and in the wider community.

CBJ members have been generous this year, giving abundantly to our synagogue and in the wider community.

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley responded to a record level of local food insecurity, and our own targeted campaign raised over $12,000 to provide meals for people in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Click HERE to learn more about the Second Harvest campaign or to add your donation.

This December marked the first time in over a decade that CBJ members were not serving Christmas Eve dinner at Maple Street Shelter. A major cornerstone of our annual social justice program, our families looked forward annually to helping folks celebrate their holiday by preparing festive meals and decorating the shelter dining room. LifeMoves, the parent organization of Maple Street Shelter, approached us last fall and asked us to sponsor the meal instead, suggested a cost of $1650 to feed everyone they expected. CBJ members exceeded that goal by an additional $400, providing even more meals around the holiday.

A new tradition emerged this December through our partnership with NBCC Church. The wonderful folks at NBCC share our building, but just because we haven’t been coming in person that didn’t stop us from joining forces for good. We partnered with the church members to collect more than 2,000 hygiene kits that they delivered to CityTeam and We Hope, far exceeding the expectations of those organizations and making this winter a little easier for those suffering the most. Our drive-thru drop-off on December 6th was like a party – seeing people in person for the first time in months

There is still time to participate in our annual MLK Day of Service with Peninsula Multifaith Coalition.

We are organizing a book drive to promote literacy in our community.  Any children’s books we collect for ages 0-18 will be donated to The Children’s Book Project, which distributes thousands of free books every month to children in the Bay Area who need them. If you are able to purchase new books to donate, here is a wish list. Especially appreciated are books that feature Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) heroes, and books in Spanish and Chinese.

Please DO NOT donate textbooks, encyclopedias, library discards, moldy, torn, smelly, or obsolete books. Any books we receive for adults will be donated to local libraries or to Goodwill.

Please bring books in a plastic bag (in case of damp weather) to either of these locations before January 18th:

  • CBJ (leave books during weekday business hours on cart on the patio; call 650-366-8481 first to make sure gate to parking lot is open; gates close early on Fridays)
  • Contact Linda Leeb for an alternate address if you can’t bring books to CBJ

Books will be sorted by volunteers on MLK Day.

And finally, you can join us every month for Project Sandwich. We need several volunteers to buy or make food then drop it off at one volunteer’s house.  That person will pack the food into lunch bags and deliver it to the LifeMoves Maple Street shelter.  (Everyone who participates must wear a mask and gloves when touching food.  If someone in your household is ill, please do not participate.) In addition to food, the LifeMoves shelter network is always in need of new clothing (especially socks, underwear and bras) and toiletries. Just drop off items at the delivery person’s house by the specified date, or directly at the shelter. Sign up HERE to participate.

Thank you to everyone who has helped CBJ give back. Want to get more involved in our social justice efforts? Contact Linda Leeb (lindaleeb@gmail.com) or Rebecca Schwartz (Rebecca@bethjacobrwc.org).


Rebecca Schwartz
Membership Engagement & Program Director