Many Jews know that Tzedakah, righteous giving, often comes in our tradition in multiples of 18, the number which is the numeric equivalent of the Hebrew word chai, which means "life." To help another is to help oneself; two lives are changed. And so twice chai, 36, is a very common Jewish act of giving.

Throughout the year, members participate in projects to feed the hungry, aid the elderly and help low-income families lift themselves out of poverty. We serve the homeless at Shepherd's Table and S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat), and collect clothing and kitchen goods for those newly housed. We participate in Sukkot in April, donning work gloves to fix up the homes of area low-income and disabled families. The food pantry regularly needs restocking. Please check this list and see if you can help.