North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
Social Action

Social Action

NSS Beth El’s Social Action Committee helps individuals and families work together to perform meaningful mitzvot that benefit both our Jewish Community and the larger community around us.  We believe that congregants of all ages grow from the experience of volunteering and giving through programs that emphasize the core values of tikkun olam.

We host many on-going and special mitzvah programs throughout the year, so we’re sure you will find a project and cause that speaks to you and your values.  Are we missing something, or do you have a project idea you think others would also love? We want to take your strengths and put them to work!  Contact us with your ideas.

Chair – Mary Channon mary.channon@yahoo.com

Looking for ways to help ALL year?

See below for our list of ongoing projects, including Take A Bite Out of Hunger and JUF Uptown Café.

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Social Action Opportunities 2018

Take a Bite Out of Hunger

Help us provide daily breakfasts for children in need at Highland Park Elementary Schools for the 2018 calendar year. Please drop off your donations in the collection bins by the main office doors and the Religious School Doors. Our goal is to distribute 100 of these items every week for the entire school year!

  • Kellogg’s brand (only) Nutrigrain Fruit Bars
  • Fruit squeezer type snacks (any brand is fine)

JUF Uptown Café – A great project for families with teens!

  • Volunteer at the JUF Uptown Cafe, 909 W. Wilson, Chicago IL.
  • Serve Brunch or Dinner to neighborhood needy – Ages 12+
  • Contact Rocky Rubinoff to sign up at Rochelle.rubinoff@gmail.com

AVAILABLE VOLUNTEER DATES:

  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Family to Family Thanksgiving Mitzvah Project
Every year, the Social Action Committee creates and distributes Thanksgiving baskets to needy families at the Glenwood School in Waukegan with the help of more than 100 Beth El families. This tremendous community effort reflects Beth El’s on-going commitment to social action and  tikkun olam, “repairing the world” through acts of kindness.   
Register here for the 2018 Thanksgiving Mitzvah Project. 
To download the shopping list, click here.

Coat Drive
Bins go up around Beth El in November and members bring in their gentled-worn outerwear, gloves, hats, boots etc. The items are then sorted by gender/size and delivered to the Chicago Chesed Fund and Highland Park Community Nursery School.

2018 Annual Winter Coat Drive runs from November 11 to 9:00 am on Sunday, December 2

Mitzvah Day
Mitzvah Day is an opportunity for Beth El members to spend a Sunday morning hearing from meaningful presenters about social action projects in the community. Afterwards, congregants choose from a variety of hands-on projects they can participate in, some at Beth El and others where they go out into the community such as a nursing home with their pets, help sort food at Northern Illinois Food Bank, etc.  
Mitzvah Day will take place on Sunday, February 10, 2019.  Save the date!