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 email@example.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.
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!
AVAILABLE VOLUNTEER DATES:
Thanksgiving Basket 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.
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.
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.