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VOS Member Contribution & Volunteer Opportunitestion & Volunteer Opportunites

Thank you for thinking about volunteering with VOS!  We are grateful for your participation toward community inreach and outreach. You can participate one time, or as often as you like. Like the movement of a butterfly’s wings, the Mitzvah you do with us makes a positive difference in the lives of many.

If you would like to help with any of our established committees and/or projects, please contact the listed representative for each offering. 

Would you like to initiate a new project or committee?  We would love to hear your ideas!  Please feel free to contact Membership, or email me at
Anne Sperling 

Meaningful Creative Projects!

Butterfly Project  

We promote and support The Butterfly Project ("TBP") (, whose goal is to paint and display one butterfly for every child lost in the Holocaust. This hands-on group helps prepare butterfly kits for TBP and assists in growing our VOS butterfly display. If you would like to be notified of opportunities to help, please email Julie Goren.
Julie Goren

Crafters Club

There are four members knitting, crocheting, and sewing for charity. Items donated include animal-shaped pillows for surgical patients in the Shriners Medical Program, and crochet and/or knit lap blankets for patients at the West Valley Post-Acute Rehab Center. VOS members are welcome to join the club, as well as provide ideas for new projects. 

Laurie Alban, Co-chair
Jean Cord, Co-chair

Tribute Cards

Remember a friend extraordinarily by paying them tribute. The tribute will be listed in the VOS Outreach Newsletter, and a beautiful handcrafted tribute card will be mailed to the person receiving the honor. The Tribute card artwork is done by VOS member Betsy Shore. Please get in touch with Beverly to request a tribute card.

Beverly Nisenson, Tribute Coordinator

Put a Mitzvah on Your Schedule!



The Valley Outreach Synagogue bereavement committee is available to families who are experiencing the loss of a loved one.  Our goal is to help the family prepare the home on the day of the funeral and assist with the guests that go back to the shiva house after. Prior to the day of the funeral, I meet with the families so that we understand the needs and wants of the bereaved. The volunteers who join our committee are asked to spend a couple of hours to help receive the food and set it out. We help the family so they can engage with guests and needn’t worry about the food or other tasks, which we hope helps in some way making the family get through the difficult time for at least that day. 

Marlene Frierson, Bereavement Chairperson

Feed the Hungry - Conejo Valley 

Please help us feed the hungry community in Conejo Valley! VOS brings lunches for the Harbor House Shelter community every other month. The community is in great need of our help during this time! You can easily sign up to bring lunches to drop off, your food will go directly to those in need that very day! 

Items to donate:
-Individual lunches in brown paper bags: Include in the lunch: peanut butter/jelly or either salami/ ham/turkey and cheese sandwich, granola bar, and chips. 
-Any of the following snacks: raisins, cookies, nuts, or jerky. 
-Feel free to bring extra snack bags if you have them
-Drinks: water bottles, milk boxes, juice boxes
-Fruits: bags of apples, pears, or oranges
Drop off for the specified day is from 4:00-4:30. There is no contact with other people, the table is outside of a church in Thousand Oaks, just drop off and go.

If you cannot drop them off at the specified time and place, please contact Dana Gelick to deliver your items for you.  

Keep an eye out for the VOS monthly email blasts for “Feeding The Hungry”, and register to sign up on the signup genius provided in the email. The next feeding of the hungry is in the month of May. 

Thank you for supporting this important mitzvah!

Dana Gelick, Chairperson
Feed the Hungry, Conejo Valley 


Feed The Hungry-East Valley
San Fernando Valley Family Shelter-Northridge

The Feed the Hungry program is an outreach program that allows temple members to do a mitzvah in the community. The impact is enormous. The Family Shelter in Northridge houses families with school-aged children who are experiencing food and housing issues.  Families live at the shelter and receive counseling, classes for the parents, and other support that will eventually lead to their living on their own and supporting their children. Once we are able to return to the shelter, we bring in dinner, plate the meals, and serve everyone. Best of all, we sit and enjoy the dinner together and schmooze and get to know one another.

Marlene Frierson, Chairperson                                    Feed the Hungry, East Valley    

Membership Committee

What Does The Membership Team Do?

Our team supports VOS members and listens to the ideas of our members.  We work together to create and strengthen our thriving, growing community:  

●    We welcome new members and help them get acquainted with the community
●    We host the annual new member welcome reception
●    We have a Membership Partner Program to learn from each other, and foster engagement and friendships with all our         members
●    We host outreach events during the year
●    We greet the congregation at Shabbat services
  We welcome your participation!

Annie Sperling, VP Membership


Mitzvah Committee   

Tikkun Olam – to repair a broken world – Is there any better way to help do that than by performing a Mitzvah – Acts of kindness, giving of yourself, reaching out in our communities and within the VOS family with little steps to help make the world a better place.    Here are a few events that we have done, and hope to do again in the future:  
●    On Mitzvah Day, November of every year, we will be out in the community Walking Orphan Dogs, Singing at the                    Jewish Home, participating in a Blood Drive at VOS, and helping the Jewels program with many mitzvah
     projects for the community including writing notes to men and women in the service.  
●    SOVA food drives twice a year.
●    Shoes that Fit, helps to provide shoes for elementary school children.
●    Feed the Hungry at the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission.
We hope that you will come join the wonderful volunteers on the Mitzvah Committee!
Denise Horowitz, VP Mitzvah

Operation Interdependence 

Operation Interdependence is a 501(c)(3) based in CO. We send notes, unused hotel toiletry items, candy, and other treats to our troops. We get requisitions from U.S. commanding officers throughout the world.
Want to get involved?  VOS members and kids can write notes at home; donate candy or boxes of individual packs of hot chocolate, oatmeal, or granola bars; individually sealed packs of sticks of gum (popular item as it relieves stress); wrapped tea bags, packets of sugar. And we always need funds for mailing costs. These are tough times for everyone including our service people and they need our support. 

Barbara Granowitz, OI Coordinator 

Tot Shabbat

Tot Shabbat is a special program for children, parents, and grandparents to experience Shabbat in a fun and exciting way. We teach the beauty of Judaism and Jewish pride in a warm and welcoming environment. Participants learn about the customs and traditions of Shabbat and enjoy celebrating the holiday with songs, art, stories, games, and music with Wendy on the guitar. Parents and grandparents enjoy a meaningful and memorable experience with their kids and grandkids and everyone is welcome to come. Visitors and volunteers are encouraged to attend and help the children with their art projects or just be there to observe and participate. Tot Shabbat takes place the hour before our services and we hope that everyone can join us for this special and unique program. Please contact Wendy Levenson if you would like to volunteer.

Wendy Levenson,

Share a Story with the Congregation! 

Outreach Newsletter

The Outreach newsletter is delivered on the first of each month by email or in print by special request. Each month it reflects thoughts from our Clergy, community news, and upcoming events, and it recognizes contributions, tributes, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

We would welcome your story of interest. Please submit a story or news happening that would interest our community. The deadline for submission is the 20th of each month. Please contact Johanna Spira if you have an article that you would like to share with VOS congregants!

Johanna Spira or 818-882-6866

Help with our Biggest Fundraiser of the Year! 

GALA event

The Valley Outreach Synagogue’s event to honor the outstanding volunteers for the year is presented at our annual GALA event.  The event is also one of our major fundraising projects.  This year‘s GALA  will be held on May 14, 2022.  Many volunteers are needed for planning, set up, phone calls/emails, registration, marketing, auction, and many other activities that put together this fun and magnificent event. Please call Wendy or Randie to volunteer for this upcoming amazing event.

Wendy Levenson  

Randie Rosenberg

Fri, February 3 2023 12 Shevat 5783