People of the Book
Temple Sinai's People of the Book
Literacy Project was founded in the Spring of 1998 with the mission of helping
Oakland's school children learn to love reading and books.
We partner with the following elementary schools in the Oakland Unified School
District: Think College Now, International Community School, Sankofa Academy,
and Greenleaf School.
We work toward our mission in many ways:
- More than 30 tutors meet with over 70 students each
week throughout the school year.
- We give 3000 paperbacks directly to students each year
at our school-wide giveaway events, and also donate hundreds of books to
school libraries and classrooms. We also donate magazines to
students and to school libraries.
- Library volunteers help by processing and shelving
donated books (we have created 5 school libraries), and by helping to keep
libraries attractive places for students to visit.
- Teen volunteers provide academic help and companionship
at an after-school homework center at a partner school.
- Volunteers visit classes to read stories, and have
provided art and music enrichment.
- With generous cash donations from congregants and
friends, we arrange author visits to schools (including Joanne Rocklin’s
- We purchase books and reading incentives like
bookmarks, classroom materials, and school supply kits. And we have
donated carpeting, posters, beanbag seats for libraries, and sports
- In cooperation with other groups, we provide much
needed social services -- arranging delivery of 150 bags of food a week to
one school, conducting a holiday Adopt-a-Family project as well as a food
drive for the winter break, and making school-site improvements as part of
the Temple's annual Mitzvah Day project.
For more information about the
Literacy Project, follow these links: “Making A Difference” and “How You Can Help”.