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In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Temple Shalom is spearheading a humanitarian effort called the Rainbow of Hope Project. The goal of the Project is to bring aid to those needing the most assistance across Southwest Florida.


URJ-affiliated congregations, Temple Shalom, Temple Beth El in Ft. Myers, Bat Yam Temple on Sanibel Island, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island and NJC have created a partnership to  help others who have suffered losses as a result of Hurricane Ian.


Rainbow of Hope will solicit both donations and volunteers to provide for those in need. We will partner with local organizations such as Meals of Hope, Harry Chapin Food Bank and United Way.

There are many ways that you can help to make this Project a reality:


  • Distributing goods and gift cards to those in need

  • Packing meals for those facing food insecurity

  • Cleanup projects around Southwest Florida

  • Collecting non-perishable foods

  •  Organizing donations from other congregations and communities

  • Reviewing and allocating larger requests for assistance

 For questions or more information about how you can help, please contact the Co-Chairs of the Rainbow of Hope:


Bruce Sherman (330-360-8836



Carol Sherman: 330-360-8839



Thank you in advance for performing these acts of tikkun olam, for surely many parts of Southwest Florida are in need of repair and many people are in need of assistance.

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