Brandeis Conejo Valley Chapter - Community Service

Winter - Spring 2021:



We were asking our Brandeis members to knit, crochet or loom hats & scarves to be donated to HOPE OF THE VALLEY HOMELESS PROJECT. Hope of the Valley provides multiple homeless shelters throughout the San Fernando Valley & Santa Clarita, including one for young adults aging out of foster care.

This is a photo of our members' donations of knitted hats & scarves. Hope of the Valley Homeless Shelter was only too pleased to receive our efforts.

The shelter expressed a need for men's/women's socks/underwear. Instead of our toy drive this year. Our community came together! Here is Look at the "mountain" of undies and socks that were collected for Hope of the Valley, and a photo of Penny, delivering the items to them.
They were thrilled to receive it all.

If you want to help, kindly contact (click on the email link to email directly)

Penny Greenblatt: or Janet Brasler:

Thank you for your support as we assist others in need.

The Committee was busy before and during the Pandemic.

Some of the HIGHLIGHTS:

Cooking and bringing food to a homeless shelter.

Before the Pandemic members brought needed items and volunteered at "For THE TROOPS". This has been an ongoing project for over 15 years. Thank you, with appreciation to Marilyn Bolnick for her 15 years of devotion to "For The Troops". She collects, delivers and makes arrangements for study groups to enjoy a working-tour.

Food is being collected and given to Senior Concerns and Manna food Bank.

Homemade Challahs have been delivered to many seniors who cannot shop.

Special Best wishes to everyone from Gertie Sanders: "May you and your Family be blessed with good health!"

Your assistance is requested as we continue to actively be invoived in the SOCIAL JUSTICE/COMMUNITY SERVICE component of our chapter. Kindly consider lending your support to our efforts. For more information on how you can be participate contact:

Elaine Leff - Janet Brasler -
~~ Non-perishable food for the Manna Food Pantry will be collected at our Special Events through-out the year.

Read HERE a letter we received from Manna Bank regarding our donations! Thank you all the members who make this community outreach such a big part of our events!

~~ We conduct an ongoing collection of Sunday Comics & Parade Magazines for the Troops & aluminum can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.

~~ Every December, Toys are collected for Jewish Family Service's SOVA Community Resource Service.

Do you have a personal connection to a local charitable organization? We are always looking for ways that our members can be of service. Do check our website frequently for other Social Justice opportunities!
Committee members Elaine Leff, Jessie Pearlman, Sharon Billone, Margie Bauer and Elisa Lazarus put together 100 gift bags for parents staying at Ronald Mc Donald House while their children are being treated at Children's Hospital.

We are collecting toiletries and gift items for Ronal McDonald House and SOVA.

3 Study Groups: "The Happy Wanderers"; "Lunch/Salon" and "Day Time Trotters" donated lovely gift items brought during their annual planning meetings. Those gift items were donated to Conejo Valley Charities.

We delivered toys, food and gift bags to Ronald Mc Donald House during this holiday season. House staff, volunteers and parents of children were welcoming and very appreciative. We enjoyed a heartfelt-delightful and fun afternoon with lots of hugs and kisses.


We are a group of gals pleased to be of service to preform the MITZVAH of being at a home while mourners are attending a funeral. We will let in the delivery of the food so it will be set-up for the return of the mourners.

If you are interested and would enjoy doing this Mitzvah {we welcome you} or if you need this MITZVAH call Gertie Sanders 805-230-1252 or Judy Perlman 818 878 0483.
Gertie will then contact one of the MAVENS.
(There is a Bereavement Support Group that meets at Temple Etz Chaim, Thousand Oaks the 2nd. and 4th. Wednesday From 9:30am. to 10:30am. Call for more information to: 805-497-6891. NO CHARGE. )

The Mavens are: Jessie Pearlman. Bev Sklar. Elaine Blonder. Elaine Leff Frona DeCovnick.

'For The Troops' Certificate of Appreciation
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This becomes a tradition!

Every year our study group "Day Time Divas" dedicates a day to make care packages for our troops.

These small contributions to our men and women who served and protect our country every day make everyone feel uplifted and this outing always gets the most attendance.

Every year we get letters from the organization with thank you notes from our soldiers serving all over the world.

The following are some of the institutions and programs with which we are involved:

Books are collected and donated to local libraries.

MANNA FOOD BANK: We collect and deliver canned and dry food to be distributed at the MANNA food distribution center (There will be a collection barrel at our special events).

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE: We collect soda can tabs that are reconstituted and converted to cash to assist Ronald McDonald House.

FOR OUR TROOPS: We collect toiletries and magazines to send to our men and women in the military.

FOOD Our members designate to Food Forward those gardens with excess fruit and vegetables. The trees are then picked and food donated to food pantries.

BOOK DISTRIBUTION: We collect books to donate to schools and organizations. .

HOLIDAY TOY COLLECTION: We deliver unwrapped toys to many CONEJO VALLEY ORGANIZATIONS and Jewish Family Service.