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.

December 1st, 2023 – 

Nashuva’s Annual One Warm Coat Collection Drive:

Please bring a warm coat, new or gently used to our service this Shabbat.

As the days grow shorter and the weather grows colder it is our Nashuva annual tradition, a great Mitzvah, to help make the world a warmer place by collecting new or gently used coats for One Warm Coat. 

We invite you to put a note of uplift in the coat for the person who will receive it!  

The coats will be going to Adults, Children & Youth, Seniors, and Veterans on Skid Row.

November 19th, 2023 – 

Nashuva’s 19th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon
at Hope Street – from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

December 2nd-4th, 2022 –

Nashuva’s Annual One Warm Coat Collection Drive

Please bring a warm coat to the December 2nd Pre-Chanukah Celebration Shabbat service to give warmth to those who desperately need warmth.
We invite you to put a note of uplift in the coat for the person who will receive it!  As the days grow shorter and the weather grows colder it is our Nashuva annual tradition, in the spirit of Tzedakah, to help make the world a warmer place by collecting new or gently used coats for One Warm Coat. 
You may drop off coats before the Shabbat Service on Friday, December 2nd, at the gym in
Vista Del Mar, 3200 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034.
Can’t make the service? You can still donate! Please contact Lisa Robins at (310) 210-9216 with questions or to co-ordinate pickup through Sunday, December 4th.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!!!!!
With love,
Nashuva Social Action Committee

November 20th, 2022 – 

Nashuva’s 18th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon
at Hope Street – from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Please join us this year to celebrate Nashuva’s 18th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon with the Hope Street Family Center featuring activities and food for 200 at-risk families. This wonderful center provides services to at-risk families. Our joint celebration consists of a Thanksgiving luncheon, arts & crafts for the children, and gift bags for the families!

Volunteers are needed to procure in-kind donations, set up, attend and connect with Hope Street families, run a craft or game or music or reading activity, and help clean up.

Volunteer:  Sign up now!

Donate CHAI 5: Click to contribute financially  Our goal is to host 200 families with children ranging from infants to teenagers.

Families will receive gift cards to purchase the staples they need. Your cash donations help buy cards and cover expenses for food and rentals. Suggested donation: $90 – 5 X Chai

Sunday, November 20th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at
Venice Hope Park in downtown L.A.
1521 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Please check back for further details as they become available.

October, 2022

Nashuva took the New Year higher and higher with a Shabbat Sukkot under the stars in Clover Park.  We collected donations for Village for Vets, an organization that fills critical gaps in key services for homeless and at-risk veterans in greater Los Angeles. Please bring donations (see list below) to the Shabbat Sukkot:

December 2021

One Warm Coat – Chanukah Shabbat – In Person – December 3rd at 6:30 pm

Click Here for Details About One Warm Coat

November 2021

Nashuva’s [Virtual] Thanksgiving Celebration with the Hope Street Family Center


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 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!

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)