Congregation Beth Jacob

Tikkun Olam

Taking Action to Repair the World

Tikkun Olam is Hebrew for “repairing the world.”

At Congregation Beth Jacob, our vision of a successful synagogue is a diverse, integrated community that revolves around mitzvah, and where the congregants see themselves as partners in creating meaning and connection towards this goal.

CBJ is a vibrant, engaged community whose members are connected to the notion of Tikkun Olam in multiple and overlapping ways.

We coordinate projects throughout the year that bring together different ages and groups within the congregation. If you’re looking for ways to to support the local community this year please join one of these efforts.




Join our team and make a donation to support the food bank.

Backpack Drive

LifeMoves | Education empowers children and young adults, who have experienced the stress and uncertainty of homelessness, to succeed in school. Your donation of backpacks and school supplies will prepare the homeless children who are staying at our sites for the upcoming school year.

Earthquake Emergency: Send Help to Haiti

On Saturday, August 14, a massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti just off the shore of Saint-Louis-du-Sud. Whole neighborhoods were devastated in an instant. Over 2,000 people were killed, and thousands more are injured. The death toll will likely continue to climb. The people of Haiti need you right now. To read more and to help please click here for AJWS and click here for ISRAAID.

JFCS food barrels

Food barrels will be in the CBJ lobby through the high holidays. Please drop off any of the following items (and only these items please) for our neighbors in need.
Toilet paper • Paper towels • Shampoo • Toothpaste • Hand sanitizer • Bath/hand soap
Stew • Peanut butter • Macaroni and cheese • Vegetarian soups
Canned meat and fish • Tomato • Canned fruit • Jam • Rice, beans, pasta • Oatmeal and cold cereal
To see the full list click here

Senior Peer Counseling

Peninsula Family Service provides CBJ’s older adult members and the community with support from peer counselors.  Volunteers will receive a FREE specialized training with geriatric professionals, beginning October 4 on ZOOM. If you are age 55+ please contact Ann Blick Hamer at Peninsula Family Service 650-403-4300, ext. 4322, or email her at

Upcoming Tikkun Olam Opportunities


Tikkun Olam Stories

Project Sandwich

Rabbi Ilana Goldhaber-Gordon


Rabbi Ilana Goldhaber-Gordon