Social Action

At Nashuva we believe that some of the greatest community-building and life-affirming experiences happen when we serve. Our mission is to serve together, as a community, to bring light to a dark corner of our city.

Nashuva’s Social Action serves many areas of need. We strive to protect the environment, alleviate poverty, support people in rehabilitation, bring joy to the elderly…and more.

Our volunteer services are carefully crafted to reach specific segments of the population throughout the calendar year. We partner with select organizations to help the elderly, homeless, disadvantaged, people in transition and, last but not least, Mother Nature.

Over the years, we’ve paired up with PATH, TreePeople, Upward Bound, Operation Gratitude, Project Angel Food, Pico-Union/Hope Street, Miriam House, Habitat for Humanity, Fruit Forward and Project Chicken Soup, to name just a few.

At Nashuva, we also understand that Social Action begins at home. In addition to serving our city, Social Action seeks to develop and nourish relationships among our own volunteers. Our events are designed for team and connection-building that has naturally led to lasting friendships among our volunteers.

Join us. We welcome your commitment at any level. Here, you will find warmth and fulfillment in selfless service to your community.

Please add your name to our Social Action Mailing List
so that you can be notified
of upcoming events.

February 2018 Social Action:

Upward Bound House Homeless Shelter
Sunday, February 18, 2018
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Please join us this Sunday, February 18, 2018, from 12pm to 2pm for a Special Nashuva Social Action event at Upward Bound House.  UBH provides medium-term bridge housing on the Westside for families in need of shelter and support with 21 one-bedroom units.

We are blessed this month to have our very own Astin Canell Klein, who is turning 9 years old, and instead of having a traditional birthday for herself, has requested that we have a Tu B’Shvat “New Year of the Trees” themed birthday party for all the children at Upward Bound House.

We will be providing Arts and Crafts activities, gift bags for resident children, as well as planting succulents and fruit trees.  Everyone is welcome!  Lots of holiday food and cake for all to enjoy.

Please RSVP to and let us know how you will help with the following:

Set up or tear down at location

Donation of succulents – they can come from your own garden clippings

We need volunteers who enjoy gardening to plant succulents in the garden beds

We need 4 craft booths

We need face painters

Volunteers to help at craft booths

Donation of board games, toys (new) and any new baby items

For further information or to let us know how you can help, email us at:

WHAT: Upward Bound House Homeless Shelter
Tu B’Shvat “New Year of the Trees” Birthday Party
WHERE: 12841 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA  90066
WHEN: Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Nashuva’s SAFE PLACE FOR YOUTH (S.P.Y.) Social Action (December 2016) was a Huge Success!

Here’s a thank you note from (Nashuva’s very own) Renata, who initiated the drive:

Hi Nashuva! 

I’d like to thank everyone who donated to the Safe Place for Youth drive on the first Shabbat of December. They were blown away! 

The volunteer coordinator wrote to me: “It’s amazing!! It has to be one of the most successful drives we’ve been the recipient of! Thank you so much!!”
There were over 60 bags in total. Though I’m equally impressed, I can’t say I’m surprised, because I know firsthand the unique and extraordinary level of support and involvement in social action events that Nashuva members always exhibit. We have done so much for them and that’s such a beautiful thing to go into Hanukkah knowing. Of course, there’s always more you can do– contact info for SPY can be found at

Thanks again for making my vision for this drive a reality and for your incredible generosity! It’s a real mitzvah. 


Youth homelessness is a sobering problem — according to the Los Angeles Housing Authority’s 2015 Homeless Youth Count report, there are approximately 6,150 homeless youth on the streets any given night in LA County, and it is only getting worse.

Safe Place for Youth is an organization located on Lincoln Blvd in Venice that strives to inspire change in young people’s lives by engaging , building trust, and providing care and support.  Their “robust continuum of care addresses the unique needs of this population through assertive street outreach, low barrier drop-in services, health and wellness programming, case management and education and employment services.” SPY is unique in its non-judgmental setting and dedication to youth (ages 12-25)