Social Action

Social Action

Coming Soon! Our Annual Thanksgiving Mitzvah Day where members can buy Thanksgiving food items and bring them to Beth El to make a basket. Our goal this year is to make 125 or more baskets that will be brought to the Glenwood School in Waukegan. These baskets have been making Thanksgiving special to our neighbor community for 20 years! This event will take place on Sunday, November 21. Look for details in upcoming emails. 

Current Social Action Projects to Get Involved in:

Donations for Moraine Township Food Pantry

Help Support the Moraine Township Food Pantry. Our local food pantry is need of the items listed below. Please help support them by buying any or all of the items and bringing them to the bins located in the front vestibule at Beth El. Your support is greatly appreciated! Items needed are:

shampoo, conditioner, body wash, liquid soap, paper towels, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies


Donate Food Items to the ARK’s Pantry – Bags will with shopping lists will be available at Beth El for High Holiday Drive

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 kosher non-perishable food items for the holidays. 

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 their website.


Make a Donation to Social Action at Beth El and Help Support All of These Organizations. 


Social Action Projects We’ve Recently Completed:

November of 2021 Thanksgiving Mitzvah Day 

• 194 baskets delivered to Glenwood School in Waukegan and Moraine Township Food Pantry. 

Season of Mitzvot Kick-off 2021

• 36 bikes donated to Working Bikes
• a full van of electronics collected for Blue Star Recycling
• Numerous bags of personal hygiene items donated to the ARK
• 20 families donated groceries for “Porch Project” for COOL Pantry in Waukegan

Gratitude Generation Collections 2021

• 39 Bye Bye Boredom Bags (summer toys and games)
• 18 Gratitude Gift Bags (birthday supply kits)

Summer 2021 Drives

• Collected $4,298.00 for Jewish Federation of Greater Miami
• Collected 180 multi-packs of toothbrushes for Gratitude Generation for distribution at the Northern Illinois Foodbank
• Collecting for the Rachel Kantrowitz Memorial Toy and Baby Equipment Drive 
• Volunteers needed for Maot Chitim holiday deliveries on August 29.

As you arrive for the High Holidays this year, glance at the new banners on the poles in our parking lot. Each represents a tenet of our congregation: prayer, learning, community, and acts of loving kindness (or chesed). 

With these collections and donations, we have made an important impact on our local community as well as those beyond it. Helping others who are struggling and in need, is an ongoing commitment of our Social Action Committee. We endeavor to engage the participation of everyone in our congregation. Thank you to all those who have stepped up.  We hope we can continue to count on your “acts of loving kindness” in the year to come. 

If you would like to become part of the Social Action Committee at Beth El, Terri Gordon at