Social Action

A mitzvah is a primary Jewish action, deeds that stem from our tradition of responsibility and stewardship for the world around us. At Temple Shir Tikva, we aim to create a community of "Mitzvah doers" and encourage our congregation to participate in performing Mitzvot that can be done across generations, enabling grandparents, parents and children to engage in projects together.

Some of our projects educate and engage the congregation in issues of social justice. Others organize congregational action around community tzedakah, including food and clothing drives for local food banks and shelters, bone marrow and blood drives to help fight disease and reaching out to the sick and elderly in our towns.

Social Action Programs

High Holy Days Food Drive

Every year during the High Holy Days, Temple Shir Tikva collects food items to benefit the Boston Medical Center's Grow Clinic and the Metrowest Harvest Food Pantry. Paper bags with a list of items needed are in the temple lobby during Rosh HaShanah. Filled bags are brought to a truck in the temple parking lot from Rosh HaShanah through Yom Kippur.

Fall Coat Drive

In late fall, Temple Shir Tikva runs a successful coat drive, donating over 400 coats each season! Bring any clean coat in good condition to the temple collection point. Volunteers help to organize and distribute coats to needy families in the Metrowest area.

Holiday Cheer Project

During late October and the month of November, Temple Shir Tikva distributes holiday wish lists from children who live in shelters in the Metrowest area. Families sign up to sponsor one or more children and are asked to purchase three items from the wish list of each child sponsored. Gift certificates are welcome, too.

Mitzvah Day

Mitzvah Day is an opportunity for all ages to experience the power and value of personal contributions to repair the world by accomplishing a number of important and varied social action projects. Mitzvah projects are planned to relate to TEKIAH, a group of critical social action initiatives identified by the congregation. These initiatives are concern for the environment, our health, seniors and children, particularly seniors and children at risk. In the past, projects have included packing food at the Boston Food Bank, youth choir concerts for seniors, a bone marrow registry and planting a vegetable garden to harvest food for the hungry. See Mitzvah Day pictures in our Photo Galleries.


Neighbor-to-Neighbor brings together women from Temple Shir Tikva and women from the neighboring Islamic Center of Boston. By coming together, we develop community, learn from one another and build relationships that help to break down misconceptions and stereotypes.

The Temple also sponsors a Family Matching program with the Islamic Center of Boston. It's intent is to develop meaningful, multi generaltional connections between fmilies acress congregations and build understanding of different cultures and traditions. Contact Bev Klau for more information. 

Family Table - Yad B’Yad (Hand to Hand)

Family Table is the largest kosher food pantry in New England.  They provide healthy food on a monthly and emergency basis to individuals and families in need, serving more than 100 towns across Greater Boston, the North Shore and the South Area.  Currently, Family Table is helping over 400 families each month.  At Temple Shir Tikva, we are currently collecting canned tuna and canned salmon for Family Table on an ongoing basis.  Please drop your donations off in the Family Table dropbox at TST.

Mitzvah Garden

Just outside the temple's back door we grow about 150 pounds of fresh produce to donate to Serenity House women's shelter. Green City Growers provides us with professional assistance and answers all our gardening questions. We hope our gardening community will grow - parents, kids, everyone can help! Learn how to grow-your-own while giving back to the community. No experience is needed. During the growing season of planting, weeding, feeding and picking we generally meet every other week for about an hour. Check the temple calendar on the website for meeting times or contact

The Pearl Street Cupboard and Café

Temple Shir Tikva provides volunteer servers on the first Thursday of every month at Pearl Street Cafe in Framingham.  Operated by the United Way, Pearl Street Cafe is a warm and welcoming place where those struggling with food insecurity can enjoy a “community supper.”

Volunteer adults, and children over 10 accompanied by an adult, act as wait staff, serving guests a freshly prepared, restaurant-style meal.  Volunteers must arrive for set up at 5:00 pm and clean up is completed by 8:00 pm.  This is a wonderful and rewarding Mitzvah opportunity.

Family Promise

Family Promise Metrowest is a cooperative interfaith partnership offering hope to homeless families with children through safe tansitional shelter, meals and supportive case management as they seek permanent housing. Shir Tkva is a host congregation for Family Promise. Contact Jeff Merritt for more information or consult the Shir Tikva Family Promise website



Latest Social Action News

Posted: Mar 5 2018 - 9:58am

TST members gathered at Dick’s Sporting Goods on Sunday to show...