Brandeis Conejo Valley Chapter - Community Service


Social Justice Focus

Giving Back to our Community

There is no cost for these events, just your helping hands and a smile!

If you would like to support our community, please contact

Social Justice VP's:

Iris Antell
Roseanne Lieban


November 17, 2023 at
Temple Etz Chaim
1080 E Janss Rd - Thousand Oaks

The Braille Institute's Dots for Tots program provides children who are blind and visually impaired with FREE braille books and story-kits, to spark children's imaginations about themselves and the grand world around them.

My Stuff Bags Foundation

provides a bag of items for children going through an unimaginably traumatic transition into foster care or crisis shelters, assuring them that someone cares.

Save the date:
My Stuff Bags - Sept 28th 10 - Noon


Operation Gratitude,

proudly delivers care packages to deployed troops, first responders, military families, recruit graduates, veterans, and wounded heroes.

at the V.A. Center, 9409 Owensmouth Ave Chatsworth

April 13, 2023

My Stuff Bags Foundation

provides a bag of items for children going through an unimaginably traumatic transition into foster care or crisis shelters, assuring them that someone cares.

Photos from Tuesday, February 14th, event: we stuffed 200 bags for teens - boys and girls!
at 5347 Sterling Center Dr. WLV

Thank You for Supporting Manna with Your Food Drive!

We collected 250 pounds of food for 2022 Holidays!

Iris Antell
Roseanne Lieban

Social Justice

Our support to the Ventura County Project Linus, supplying children's blankets to the underserved.

Check our members creativity in the knitting, crocheting, tying, and quilting of children's blankets. All done in child-friendly colors, 36x36 or twin, washable, free of pins, made in a smoke-free home.

Your support is greatly appreciated!

Contact Iris Antell to participate:


Thank you to our members for supporting the Sova Food Drive conducted by Temple Or Ami. Our contributions were well received.

Our latest project was "Shoes For Souls". This was a huge success! New and used shoes in wearable condition for either adults or children April 15th - May 15th. These donations were distributed to the Los Angeles Mission.

Pictures below of fully loaded cars with donated shoes, before delivery to the Los Angeles Mission.

In the photos: Lindsay Sobel of Shoes for Souls and Penny Greenblatt, and Lindsay car filled to capacity with all of the shoes donated by our members. They are on there way to the Los Angeles Mission.

We are only too pleased to be of assistance to our community members in need. Thank you for supporting our efforts in making a difference in the lives of others!


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.

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!"

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
(click on the image to view)

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.