In an effort to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El has closed its building and schools. Please visit our NSSBE@HOME page, where you will find all of our current offerings of our virtual community.

Caring Community

Caring Community

We Are Here for Each Other

Beth El is standing together in these challenging days with caring and support. Through HAZAK’s Caring Community, we have an outreach call network to let our membership know we are thinking about them and offer assistance if needed with shopping. If you want to help with this program please contact either Jackie Melinger, Pam Schlosberg, or Stacy Goldsmith.

Need a Face Mask? Beth El Can Help!

It is so important to do everything possible to remain healthy and safe. One of the preventive measures recommended by the CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is the use of a face mask when out of your home. It’s an increasingly important safety measure whether you’re taking a walk outside or doing your grocery shopping. A face mask will provide a physical barrier from viral and bacterial particulants.

We realize that these masks are difficult to find since most vendors like Amazon are serving our healthcare workers and medical first responders.  However, through HAZAK and our Caring Community, we have located a supplier and can help you. If you need a face mask, please email Pam Schlosberg at pgs567@comcast.net (847)433-7546 and we will arrange to have one left at your door. Be well. Stay healthy.

Please Take Precautions

Wearing a mask will not take the place of other important COVID-19 prevention protocols, such as social distancing and hand washing. Just as important as wearing a mask is proper handling when using it:

  • Hand hygiene before and after wearing a mask is especially critical. Handle the cloth only after you wash your hands.
  • Be careful when taking off your mask; handle it only by the bands, not the cloth.
  • Cloth masks should be washed daily or after every extended use. Wash it with a detergent containing bleach or a bleach-like ingredient, dry it completely, and it is good to go!
  • Use one bag to keep the mask in when it is clean – do not place it back in the bag until it has been washed. After using the mask, place it in another bag and seal it until you can put it in the wash.

Shopping Resources

For your own safety, and the safety of your loved ones, please do not go out shopping even for groceries! At this time you can easily have your groceries delivered, even from local kosher establishments. So please stay home!

If we are not going to Shul, we certainly should not be going to stores unnecessarily. If you are not computer savvy, and can’t manage to order groceries, please ask for help by contacting one of the names listed above.

Here is a list of methods and tips for ordering groceries. Please read this list and find a method that works for you. Please feel free to share this list.

Please note: There are many kosher establishments and services. This list is not comprehensive, but it is a beginning. We apologize in advance to any of our friends and donors who may have inadvertently been omitted.

Some tips for receiving deliveries:
· Request that the order is dropped off at your door without any contact with you.
· Dispose or Sanitize of Delivery Containers: If the containers are a one time use only, dispose of them.
· Repackage/unpack and then wash your hands after unpacking delivery!
Instacart (app) – through this app you can buy from Marianos, Jewel, GFS, Costco, Aldi and more

Many kosher products available at these stores, including Kosher for Passover. Also, there is a field to make special requests or notes. The stores available are by zipcode so it may shop at the Skokie Jewel (which has fewer kosher options).

There may be no delivery times available. That’s ok. Fill your cart and check back often to see when one becomes available. Take whatever you get (3-5 days away at this point). You can add items to your cart until an hour or two before delivery, as that is when the shopper will actually start working on the order. ALSO – offer to share delivery with a neighbor or a friend, so they can also get essentials and deliveries are more available.

Postmates (app) – you can order from Hungarian, Romanian, North Shore Bakery, and some kosher restaurants

Amazon Fresh – produce, dry goods and household products. Delivery within 2-3 days. Including hand soap

Amazon Whole Foods Delivery delivery may be limited.

Target (app) – driveup (they will bring to your car) order groceries (nothing perishable), household items, cleaning supplies, diapers, or clothes for drive-up pickup. They will bring to your car. You can ask open the trunk before they come out and have them put it there. Availability typically good but can vary. Stores are restocked overnight so best time to place order is before they open 8am.
It is also possible to shop a pickup order (some perishables/frozen) – you will need to go in the store once it is collected and ready for you to pick up.
Target.com, Walmart.com – offers dry goods, canned, smaller shelf-stable items etc usually for 2-5 day delivery usually.

Walmart Grocery (app) – offers drive up groceries –they will put in your car. (It may take time to find a slot for pickup)
Kol Tuv – They are taking pickup orders for regular and Passover supplies, via email. Full instructions for placing an order here.

NorthShore Bakery – Order by 2pm for pickup next day – They also offered free next-day delivery by calling (773) 262-0600

Organic Bread of Heaven company – 219 -883.5126,
Free delivery for orders over $20 (or $5 if smaller order) . Order by midnight Sunday for delivery Tuesday, or by Tuesday midnight for delivery Thursday. Baked goods including bread, cookies, challah.

Marianos: Place order online for pickup (Pickup, they will put in your car). Currently it is offering times 5-6 days away.shop.marianos.com/store/403C600039 Search “kosher” in the search bar – LOTS OF OPTIONS including kosher chicken, bakery, fish etc. (Create an account before shopping)
Shopt (app) https://shop.dumpling.us/jeremyb – Private shopper, Sorry we haven’t tested this app.

Hungarian – will deliver in Chicago orders over $100. Or place an order and ask them to bring to the car (don’t go into store) Also, they are accepting prepared Pesach meal orders for pickup or curbside pickup. Best way to reach them office@hungariankosher.com

Village Market Place at 4034 Dempster Street, Skokie, is doing deliveries and carside pickup. Deliveries are for orders of $100 or more and there is charge of $20. Email Villagemarket00@gmail.com, please write delivery or pickup in the subject. Include specifics especially a phone number.
Restaurant Takeout: Most kosher restaurants are open for phone orders with delivery to your car (modified pickup) and/or delivery to your home
Herzog wine offering free shipping over $50 to state of IL: https://www.facebook.com/herzogwine/videos/659403138245053/
TEDS on devon: (773) 743-2800 Shop over phone for delivery (produce)
SENIOR ONLY HOURS

Here are links for Passover prepared foods.

The CRC has notified us that the following cRc establishments will have Kosher for Passover prepared foods:

Azzari (located in Jewel): (312) 852-6027 Chef@azzarikosher.com
Danziger Kosher Catering: (847) 982-1818 x103, Lisa@danzigerkosher.com.
Hungarian Kosher Foods: (847) 674-8008 Orders@hungariankosher.com
Zelda’s Catering: (847) 679-0033 Inquiry@ZeldasCatering.com

Additional food resources:
There is lots of information at https://www.jewishchicago.info/shopping-resources

MEALS ON WHEELS – City of Chicago is providing free kosher meals to seniors through meals on wheels. The assessments and intake is being done by phone. Seniors can call 312-744-4016. Make sure to indicate kosher is needed

May G-d grant our world healing soon.