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.


November 2019 Social Action:

Sunday, November 17, 2019
11:00 am to 1:30 pm

15th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon at Hope Street
Downtown Los Angeles

Please join us this year again as we celebrate Nashuva’s 15th Annual Thanksgiving Banquet with the community of Hope Street.  We’ll need volunteers for arts and crafts, gift baskets assembly, serving food, donations and lots more.  We look forward to celebrating yet another inspiring Thanksgiving together.  All ages welcome.  Don’t miss out on this joyous and exciting event.

Click here for details!


December 2019 Social Action:

Friday Night, December 6, 2019
Nashuva Shabbat Service (at Adat Shalom)

SAFE PLACE FOR YOUTH – Nashuva is coordinating a drive for items SPY needs!

Click here for details and a list of needed items.


Tuesday Night, December 24, 2019
Third Street Promenade – Menorah Lighting

Please join Rabbi Levy on the Third Street Promenade
(between Arizona and Santa Monica Blvd.) for Chanukah in Santa Monica,
a community Menorah lighting and sing along!

It will be a night of celebration for all!

Join us!


THANK YOU FROM VILLAGE FOR VETS (Social Action Yom Kippur 2019)

“Dear Rabbi Levy,

I would like to thank you for your very generous donation of 100 bags of shelf stable food. The food will be distributed on October 25 at our annual Stand Down event which serves as many as 1000 homeless and at-risk Veterans.

Your donation to the VA is meaningful. The VA does not have the budget to provide food for the homeless Veterans that come to the campus for respite and to receive healthcare, housing and employment services. We can’t thank you enough for keeping the Veterans and the VA at the top of your list.

Visit us often at www.villageforvets.org to keep up to date on our activities and thank you again for your meaningful support.

With sincerest gratitude,

Marcie Polier Swartz”



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

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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 http://www.safeplaceforyouth.org/contact_us

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

Renata

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)