Season of Mitzvot

Season of Mitzvot

In-person event at NSSBE (weather permitting) and also available Live Streamed

A Season of Mitzvot – A Beth El Social Action effort to help those in need. During April, May and June this program will focus on raising awareness of the importance of mitzvot and offer opportunities for our members to advocate for and engage in projects that will help our greater community.

Join us Sunday, April 18 for our Kick-off event!

Schedule of Events

9:45 am – 11:30 am
• Drop off used bikes with Working Bikes
• Donate used electronics and computers with Blue Star Recycling
• Bring items on this list for the ARK
• Buy Jewel gift cards from Sisterhood
• Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate and treats

10:00 am – Speakers Panel

• Rabbi Michael Schwab, Introduction of Season of Mitzvot
• Michael Garlin – Chief Innovation Officer at the ARK
• Fran Pine – The Porch Project and COOL Pantry
• Michael Marion – Executive Director at Waukegan to College
• Dulce Dominguez – Reference & Adult Services Librarian, Highwood Library
• Q & A


Learn More About the Organizations We are Supporting for Season of Mitzvot

Bring a Used Bike to Donate – Here’s Where it Will Go

Working Bikes is a Chicago based 501(c)(3) distributing 100,000 bikes to local and global communities. Many bikes are shipped to our partner organizations in Africa and Central America where they provide jobs and essential transportation for work and school. Our volunteers repair about 1500 bikes a year that are given out in the Chicago area mostly through community organizations. To find out how to volunteer, donate a bike, make a financial contribution click on the link to the right. Click here if you will be donating a bike.


Drop off Old Electronic Equipment – Recycle and Support Special Needs Community

Founded in 2009, Blue Star Recyclers is an award-winning 501c3 social enterprise. Their mission is recycling electronics and other materials to create local jobs for people with autism and other disAbilities. They will accept: all computers, laptops and desktops, TV’s and monitors, flat screen displays, rear projection and cathode ray tube (CRT) displays, household electronics, printers, keyboards, DVD and VCR players, stereos, video game players, cell phones, printers, fax machines, AV equipment, small appliances, microwaves, hair dryers, vacuum cleaners and fans.

Donate Personal Hygene Items to the ARK’s Pantry

The ARK was founded in 1971 through the efforts of an Uptown doctor and a local rabbi, who were approached by community members advocating for the doctor’s clinic to provide more services to the poor. In March, 1971, The ARK opened as a free medical clinic in Albany Park. Soon, The ARK’s cause began attracting volunteers who were interested in contributing their time and professional skills to help their less fortunate neighbors. Throughout the years, services and programs were added one-by-one; a kosher food pantry was opened; rent and utility bills were paid; a free pharmacy opened. Donate the following items to the ARK: Baby wipes, 3T/4T and 4T/5T children’s pull ups, Toilet paper, Paper towels, Facial tissue, Hand soap, Bar soap, Dish soap, Sponges, Cascade dishwasher pods, Alcohol free mouth rinse, Sunscreen

Sign up and Volunteer to Support Porch Communities

Let’s work together to fight hunger in our own backyard…join the Chicagoland North Porch Community! PORCH is a simple and easy way to make a big difference with very little commitment! It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. We send you a message once a month listing the needs of the local pantries that we have partnered with
  2. You grocery shop and then leave the food items outside your front door ( your “PORCH”) on our designated pick-up date 
  3. PORCH picks up your food items, sorts them and delivers them to the pantries. Click here to sign up and participate. 

Volunteer to Support Waukegan to College

Waukegan to College (W2C) began in response to an urgent plea from the Waukegan community: “I don’t want my son to be stuck doing landscaping or my daughter working long, hard hours cleaning hotel rooms because they didn’t go to college.”

These Waukegan parents knew they had neither the experience nor expertise to guide their first-generation college bound children on the pathway to college graduation. The school system was equally inadequate to meet their needs. Help by becoming a tutor, mentor or coach.

Volunteer or Donate to Highwood Public Library

The mission of the Highwood Public Library is to be an innovative and collaborative anchor of the community, providing educational support, engaging services, and inspirational collections. The Library has dedicated its purpose to assessing and responding to the intersectional structural barriers impacting individuals and families through programming, service, and community building. Learn more and volunteer through our website.


Make a Donation to Season of Mitzvot at Beth El and Help Support All of These Organizations.