Volunteer Opportunities

   A great group of volunteers joined us to assemble the Passover boxes for 5774.    Many thanks to all who came. 

    A big surprise was the arrival of Captain Nathan Brooks, who brought us a flag that was flown in Afghanistan when he was there and an officer's coin from his unit. We are so grateful to Captain Brooks for his generosity and for his service to our great nation. We are especially pleased to learn that he is now home for good and will be among us in our community.

    We also had the pleasure of two boys ages 5 and 8, the sons of Mayim Bialik, who were busy writing letters to the troops. 

Our Hanukkah 5775 boxes were assembled by the friends and family of Anat Rimmon in honor of her bat mitzvah. Anat's mother, Alissa, purchased some special drawstring backpacks that were sent to a group of recruits at Fort Leonard, Missouri. The backpacks were stuffed to overflowing, packed in cartons and shipped by UPS to Chaplain Mendy to distribute to his congregation. The rest of the care packages were shipped to Afghanistan, Korea, Japan, Djibouti, Germany and many other places.

  We have started to work with the Jewish War Veterans in the greater Los Angeles area and are including them in our program.



    An amazing feat of assembly took place on Sunday morning, July 19, 2015. 52 boxes were assembled, packed and sealed within a half an hour. Kol hakavod to our volunteers.  We placed up to 30 items in each box including tuna, hot drink packets, kosher jerky, new toothbrushes and paste, personal hygiene items, High Holiday music CDs by Cantor Arik Wolheim, Craig Taubman and Sam Glaser, copies of Jewels of Elul, puzzle books and holiday cards for the troops to send home to friends and family.

How You Can Help

The following items are always welcome in all our packages. Please keep in mind that we use USPS Flat Rate Medium size boxes that are 8.5" x 11" x 5" high. If it will not fit into that size please do not send it to us. We cannot use anything larger than our box.

     Letters and cards of thanks to the troops. 

     Pre-paid phone cards.

     Kosher snacks and candy (no potato chips, please).

     Small games and puzzle books.

     Blank holiday greeting cards for the troops to send home.

     New or very clean kipot.

     CDs and DVDs of holiday music and Jewish interest

     Personal size hygiene items (no bars of soap or pressurized cans).

     Please note that all edible items must be Kosher.

     Cool-Ties and Scarves (instructions below).


Below are the special holiday wish lists



Kosher chocolate Hanukkah gelt

Hanukkah games


Kosher Hanukkah candies and cookies

Kosher Beef or Turkey Jerky

Hand-knit or store bought scarves, preferably without  fringe and washable no larger than 4" wide x 4' long.

Clean or gently used kipot and bentschers. (All the extras from the bar mitzvah or wedding.)

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Kosher cookies and honey cakes

Individual bags of Kosher coffee, teas, hot chocolate

Bags of Kosher dried apple slices

Kipot and challah covers

Small plastic jars of Kosher honey

Bentchers and pocket-size Jewish calendars

Any small Judaica items


Kosher l'Pesach candies, tuna, jell rings, candied fruit slices, marshmallows, honey, 

chocolate-covered matzah, tea bags, coffee and hot chocolate.

Passover cakes and cookies, Bisli and Bamba.

Matzah covers and afikomen bags.

We do not need haggadot or seder plates.





Keep them nice and simple--> Hand knit not longer than 48" or 4" wide. No neon colors or fringe. Acrylic yarns so they are washable.



Cool Ties have become a very popular method of keeping cool during the summer heat. Each cool tie is made with medium size polymer which is safe and non-toxic. Cool Ties work on the principal of evaporative cooling. Once the polymer is hydrated, the fabric surface of the Cool Tie draws the moisture from the polymer to the fabric surface, which evaporates resulting in an effective body cooler.   In areas of high humidity where no wind is present use two or three Cool Ties, keeping one in a refrigerator or ice chest and as soon as the one being worn reaches body temperature, exchange it with the one in the cooler.   Wear the Cool Tie around the neck or head and it will bring great relief from the heat!


How to Make Cool Ties or Bandanas


Each pound of MEDIUM size polymer contains about 115 teaspoons of crystals, which will make at least 50 bandanas at 2 teaspoons per tie.


There are several ways to make Cool Ties.  Cotton fabric will work best, as it has superior wicking properties.  Let your imagination be your guide.  One method is to take an ordinary bandana and make a Cool Tie by simply folding over the wide edge about an inch or an inch and a half and stitching the "hem" down to create a tube.   Complete the bandanas as with the following instructions for the ties:  


Tape measure

Serger/sewing machine

4" strip of fabric 45" long (actual length will depend on personal preference)

One Tablespoon of medium Watersorb polymer granules.


  1. Cut one strip of fabric 4" wide from a fabric that is at least 45" wide.   If you want to have a bow to tie use a 60" wide fabric.
  2. Fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise (the piece should be 4" by 22 1/2").   Mark the fold.  This is the center back of the neck band.  Open up the fabric and measure and mark 7" on each side of the center back.

Fold the fabric right sides together the width of the strip (the piece should now be 2" by 45".)  Using a 5/8" seam, stitch between the marks.  (There should be 14" stitched--7" on either side of center back.)

  1. The tail ends may be rounded or slanted to give a more finished look.  Finish the edges and ends of the rest of the band by serging or turning and stitching.  Press.

  1. Turn tube right side out and press. At one end of the tube, stitch to close, then double stitch for strength. At this point you should have one end of the tube open.
  2. Carefully pour the polymer granules into the tube (1-3 teaspoons). Stitch the tube closed. Reinforce with another row of stitching.