View our direct service opportunities below for ways to positively impact the St. Louis community!
What is it? Pre-Covid, Congregation Shaare Emeth hosted on the first Monday of every month for Room at the Inn which provides immediate, temporary shelter to homeless women and families in the St. Louis region. In addition, Room at the Inn works with the clients to create an individualized plan back to self-sufficiency, including referrals to other human services agencies.
When does this happen? Currently we are not hosting on-site at Shaare Emeth
Grab your family and friends and make a difference in our partner agency, Room at the Inn – an emergency shelter for unhoused families in St. Louis County. If you can help in any of the following ways contact Cindy Warren at [email protected] or 314-209-9181.
What is it? St. Louis Bread Company donates its leftover baked goods to food pantries and shelters. We, at Congregation Shaare Emeth, are responsible for picking up leftovers at three different locations once a week. The leftovers are picked up from a specific location in the evening and delivered to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry the next day.
When does it happen? Currently, we pick up from Des Peres and Westport on Tuesday nights and from Four Seasons on Sundays–times differ between locations.
What is needed from me? Sign up to pick up leftovers and deliver them to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry.
Who do I contact for more information? Email Stefanie Greenberg
What is it? Our congregation has committed to welcoming new immigrants and advocating for the rights of refugees and others here in St. Louis. We are partnered with the International Institute of St. Louis (IISTL) and Interfaith Coalition on Latin America (IFCLA) in doing this important work. There are a wide variety of ways to be involved from providing needed supplies, volunteering at IISTL and/or being trained to accompany people for the ICE visit.
Who do I contact for more information? Email Stan Shanker or call him at 314-420-3600.
What is it? Congregation Shaare Emeth is part of the St. Louis Public School’s Faith-Based Initiative to assist schools in St. Louis. Pre-COVID, our congregation worked directly with the students at Oak Hill Elementary School. During COVID, we have provided needed school supplies and holiday gifts.
Who do I contact for more information? Dana Weinstein at [email protected]
What is it? Congregation Shaare Emeth cooks and serves dinner at Peter and Paul Church for the homeless men at the Church.
When does it happen? Approximately once a month on Sunday evenings.
What is needed from me? Congregants are asked to provide food and deliver it to Temple. A small group of congregants go down to the Church (near Soulard) to heat up the dinner and serve it as well.
Who do I contact for more information? Email Jen Houser
Looking to help those in St. Louis who may be in need of some care and support during these difficult times. Lasagna Love, a non-profit organization, helps to feed families, spread kindness and strengthen communities. You can make and deliver meals in the St. Louis area or donate so that others can make a meal. This is a COVID-safe, no-contact program. Thank you to Barb Kramer, Chair of our Caring Committee for bringing this program to our attention. Click here to learn more.
Shiva Committee: Members visit houses of mourning and deliver our a book of healing prayers and readings.
Roshei Minyan: Leaders of worship. Members lead shiva services in congregants’ homes.
Bikkur Cholim Visiting the sick. Members send notes of healing and well-wishes to congregants who were in the hospital.
Simcha Notes: Notes of Joy. Members send notes of congratulations to people who are celebrating a simcha (such as a special birthday, anniversary, or birth of a new baby).
Holiday Bags : Members put together and deliver holiday bags for some of our senior congregants in celebration of Jewish Holidays.
Welcoming Shabbat: Members greet Shabbat worshipers to Temple on Friday night and introduce them to others during the nosh.