Social Action/Tikkun Olam

Tikkun Olam

Here at Agudas, we are dedicated to the principal of Tikkun Olam, or “Healing the World.” We offer many different opportunities to volunteer in the Austin Community. Please check out some of our current volunteer opportunities below.

Agudas Blue Barrel Project

SAFE (Stop Abuse for Everyone): The Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace have merged and are now SAFE. They provide shelter and counseling to primarily women and children who have suffered sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse or domestic violence. SAFE is currently having a drive to collect toiletries for their clients. Let’s fill the blue barrel with regular sized bottles of shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby wipes, body soap, deodorant, feminine care products, lotion, African-American hair care products, combs, brushes, razors, shaving cream and face wash. Click here for more information about SAFE.
Refugees: For now, we are only taking donations of HOUSEWARES due to space limitations. If you have space to store donated items or if you have a fairly large shed that can be used to store donations on the Murchison Middle School campus, please let Lea Isgur know ( or 512-740-2187).
If you have an organization to nominate to receive donations through Agudas’ blue barrel collections program, please let Lea Isgur know.

Other Tikkun Olam Opportunities

Drive a Senior: West Austin Drive a Senior is looking for volunteers to help transport individuals to doctor appointments, grocery stores, etc. If you have any time at all, they would appreciate any help they can get. Whether it be several times a week or just once a year, the need for drivers is great. If you drive and have a few hours or so periodically please sign up to volunteer!  If you have questions or to volunteer, please contact Steve Chodorow at or Terry Milman at
During the week of August 6-13Congregation Beth Israel will be participating in the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) to provide shelter and meals for 3-4 homeless families.  They are looking for additional people to bring food for meals, serve dinners and clean up, help set up and take down the “bedrooms” (classrooms devoted to this purpose 4-5 weeks during the year), stay overnight with the families at the Temple, or help with children’s activities in the evening and on the weekend. During the day, the children are in school or day care, and the parents are mostly working or in training. The families are screened by the IHN, and tend to be very sweet and appreciative. This project takes very little time (at most 1-2 hours except overnight stays), but is immensely fulfilling. IHN operates under the auspices of the Foundation for the Homeless ( The support allows the families to save enough to rent an apartment or house. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Lea Isgur at 512-740-2187 or Sam or Ava Spetalnick at 512-234-1097.