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Social Action Tzedek Team

Are you interested in getting involved with Kol Rinah Social Action?

Kol Rinah Tzedek Team (Social Action) Mission
The Social Action Team builds a relational culture of pursuing tzedek, or justice, at Kol Rinah. We aim to be the rallying point for tzedek in our community. Furthermore, we seek to develop leaders within our community who can advance the cause of tikkun olam, repairing the world, locally and globally. 
Interested in being involved, Contact:
Kol Rinah Social Action Survey
Please take a few minutes to tell us what social action topics you are interested in:

January 2022 Tzedek Team Article

Join the Tzedek Team Steering Committee!
Are you interested in issues of social justice and the pursuit of tzedek in our Kol Rinah and greater St. Louis community? Kol Rinah’s Tzedek group is seeking new members to join our steering committee. Join us and play an integral role in the planning of programs and activities that address a range of Tzedek issues informed by our Jewish values including: addressing climate change, other public policy advocacy, and looking out for our community’s most vulnerable citizens, just to name a few. We officially meet on the fourth Thursday of every month at 8:30 pm.
Please sign up to join Tzedek here:
Blood donors needed January 30. Sign up now! Kol Rinah needs 20 people to sign up to give blood on Sunday, January 30! We currently have 3. Help us get to 20 donors! Sign up TODAY to donate blood at

November 2021 Tzedek Team Article

A big thank you to Laura Horwitz for leading the breakout discussion on social action during High Holiday services.
Perhaps you were inspired at the turn of the Jewish New Year to get involved in Kol Rinah activities? The Tzedek Team would like to extend an invitation to you to join our group. We meet once a month (always the last Thursday of the month at 8:30 pm) to plan ways for our synagogue to pursue justice and Tikkun Olam as a community. Diverse interests and experiences are welcome!
Spread the joy of Hanukkah by participating in Hannukkah Huigs this season. This program, jointly sponsored by Jewish Family Services and Women's Philanthropy is seeking donations of unwrapped, new toys, books and games for their Hanukkah Hugs Store. Donations of wrapping paper, tape and gift bags are also welcome. There will be a collection box at Kol Rinah until November 14. For questions about this program email Women's Philanthropy:
Finally, save the date of Sunday, January 23 for Kol Rinah’s Blood Drive (more details to come as the date arrives). Healthy adults who are at least 17 years old, and at least 110 pounds may donate. One pint of blood has the potential to save up to three lives!

September 2021 Tzedek Team Article

The Kol Rinah Tzedek Team cleans up nicely—for our planet!
Mazal Tov to our Rabbi Shafrin who will be serving on the national Rabbinical Assembly’s Social Justice Committee (SJC)!
Join Laura Horwitz and Tzedek Team Chair Benjamin Singer for an illuminating, Tzedek-themed breakout discussion during the high holidays. Learn more in the high holidays information.
Thank you to the Kol Rinah members who participated in our “Reverse Tashlich” event on August 8. Due to the hard work of Tzedek Direct Service Chair Katherine Tynan and the other volunteers who persisted in seeking out garbage in the heavy vegetation, we filled several garbage bags with trash! Removing debris helps the ecosystem thrive, on-site and downstream in the Mississippi River. Howard Granok saw some fish in the deeper parts of the creek, which is encouraging. Thank you to all who came out and cleaned up. We are so grateful for your help in keeping our waterways clean and looking forward to next time.
Thanks to all who came to our August 22 bagel brunch to learn about the Sierra Club’s Mayors for 100% Clean Energy initiative, which is an on-going municipal based clean-energy organizing campaign to build relationships/power in communities about clean energy adoption. The challenge calls on mayors – regardless of political party and municipality size – to support a vision of 100% clean and renewable energy in their communities. The Missouri Public Service Commission uses these commitments to inform utilities’ long term plans (Integrated Resource Plans) and hold them accountable for a transition to clean energy. Thanks to Tzedek Advocacy Co-Chair Dr. Scott Kaar for organizing the event.
Cindy Kalachek
Tzedek Team Communications Co-Chair

July 2021 Tzedek Team Article

Cleaning streams, sending cards to seniors, and more!
There is much going on with the Tzedek team! Opportunities are popping up both in and outside our Kol Rinah community and we hope you will get involved. First, we are beginning One-on-One conversations with our congregants. Why? We believe that meaningful relationships are the key for building a movement for justice. This will take the form of one-on-one conversations (for approximately 30 minutes) in which we find out more about our members and what they care about. Stay tuned for a Tzedek member to contact you.
In the month of June our committee participated in a training led by JOIN (Jewish Organizing Institute and Network) that supports Jewish leaders in their pursuits of organizing for justice both inside and outside of the Jewish community. We will be using the organizing skills we are learning to build meaningful relationships and find out what our community cares most about.
Thanks to all writers and artists of all ages who are helping us send caring greeting cards to residents at Crown Center and Brentmoor. If you would like to help by writing five cards to seniors, you can pick them up and drop them off at Young Families events or at the NEW shul office!
Need FREE kosher meals for your kids? KiwiKids offers free, kosher meals for families with children ages 1-18. There are no income eligibility requirements or location restrictions. Pickup is Wednesday evenings from 5-5:40pm at Torah Prep. You MUST register each week by Monday at 6pm. To join via email please reach out to For more information, visit
Finally, August 8th at 9:30am join us for stream cleanup in UCity. We’ll meet at the Ruth Park Trail entrance on McKnight, and receive supplies and instructions to beautify this local branch of the River Des Peres.
If you’d like to get added to our email list and calendar invitations, please contact Jaron Asher, or Cindy Kalachek,

May 2021 Tzedek Team Article

Join a Tzedek Initiative at Kol Rinah!
Seeking Leaders, Gardeners, Compassionate Communicators and Advocates
"Justice, justice shall you pursue, that you may thrive and occupy the land that the LORD your God is giving you."
Parashat Shoftim, Deuteronomy 16:20
With these words as our inspiration, Kol Rinah’s Tzedek team endeavors both to build relationships that strengthen our community and improve the world (Tikkun Olam.)
We work on initiatives in a variety of different areas of justice. We are seeking volunteers to help with our endeavors. For example:
  • Establish a Tzedek Ambassador in each Kol Rinah committee, department, and auxiliary. Interested in being a Tzedek Ambassador? Contact Skylar Swim,
  • Create a Mitzvah Garden outside the new building to grow vegetables for food pantries. Got a green thumb or ideas? Contact Food Security Chair Katherine Tynan,
  • Communicate with residents at the Crown Center. We will supply care cards and deliver them, too. Interested? Contact Direct Service Chair Dr. Sherri Besmer,
  • Advocate to improve people's lives in our region. Contact Dr. Scott Kaar, or Jessica Igielnik,
Many more events and initiatives are being planned.
If you’d like to get added to our email list and calendar invitations, please contact Jaron Asher, or Cindy Kalachek,
Fri, January 28 2022 26 Shevat 5782