Ma’asim Tovim Committee


Drop off at our Shopping Cart in the Shaarie Torah Lobby right now!

Have you stayed in a hotel lately? Have you gone to the dentist?
Then, you may have what it takes to help!

Good Deeds Day, April 2nd at Mittleman Jewish Community Center is a program managed by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland in partnership with the MJCC and other local institutions. Click here for more information about the day. 

Shaarie Torah will be teaming up with Jewish Cub Scout pack #739 for Good Deeds Day at the MJCC on April 2, CST will be there from 11-1. The Cub Scouts 1-3.

Ma’asim Tovim and the Cub Scouts are collecting travel-sized toiletry items to create hygiene kits for Outside In, a Portland-based nonprofit that serves homeless youth and other marginalized people. We will be collecting items until April 1.

We’ll be putting out small bags in the synagogue that you can take and fill. You’ll find the bags on the “shopping cart” in the synagogue, where we are also collecting full-sized personal items and food. Take a bag and bring it to work or give to your family and friends, so they can help pitch in. Then bring your full bags of travel-sized items back to the shopping cart! We are also requesting Gift Cards from Fred Myers, Rite-Aid or Walgreens to use for extra items. OUR GOAL is 100 Hygiene Kits!

On Good Deeds Day, we’ll be assembling the items into sealable bags for the youth, and we need a few volunteers to help.

For more information, or to volunteer, please email

Here is a list of needed items:
Body lotion (odorless)
Wet wipes (odorless)
Feminine products
Gloves (Men and Women)
Socks (Men and Women)
Gift Cards

Please no alcohol mouthwash.


Check back here for more information regarding our upcoming blood drive at Shaarie Torah.

Ma’asim Tovim Committee is interested in sponsoring a blood drive with the American Red Cross. By hosting blood drives, our congregation will demonstrate its commitment to community health needs while helping to ensure that an adequate blood supply is available at all times for anyone who needs it. Also, by holding a blood drive at the synagogue, we are hoping to offer our congregation a more convenient blood donation opportunity.

Giving blood is safe, simple and helps save lives. Each pint of blood that is donated may be helping as many as three patients. The American Red Cross is the largest single provider of blood in the United States. They provide blood to approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country. With approximately 36,000 units of red cells needed every day across the country, patients count on the generosity of volunteer donors to give them a chance at life.

If you are at least 17 years old or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in good health, you may be eligible to give blood. High school students and other donors 18 years old and younger must also meet other height and weight requirements.

We will let you know when our blood drive is scheduled. Please donate if you can. We would like to make this a successful and worthwhile event. Thank you in advance for helping to save lives!


The Ma’asim Tovim (Good Works) committee’s vision is to engage and inspire Shaarie Torah members to create a community of tzedakah, giving, and lending a hand. It seeks to respond to the concerns that are important to our congregants, such as hunger, homelessness and income inequality.

Ma’asim Tovim’s focus has multiple facets.  First, every month, we will have a food/personal toiletries drive, highlighting one of the two or three agencies we plan to work with. Look for a shopping cart in the lobby–it’s there to remind everyone to bring something when they come to the shul. It will be exciting to see the shopping cart fill up each month! Next, we will be identifying and planning two or three projects or activities through out the year, such as, Mitzvah Morning, Pink Shabbat, Blood Drives, etc…

Finally, we want to add information to the mix, to allow our members deeper learning on social issues that are important for Shaarie Torah. This may include speakers, workshops and service projects. Each activity will be filtered through a lens that reflects the Shaarie Torah vision, the potential impact on communities to be served, and Maimonides’ Seven Levels of Tzedakah.