Chesed, or acts of loving kindness, were demonstrated over and over again by Beth El members throughout the pandemic. Pictured above are items collected for the Rachel Kantrowitz Memorial Baby Toy and Equipment Drive. Here is a brief recap of the events organized and carried out by our dedicated Social Action Committee since last November:
November of 2020 Thanksgiving Mitzvah Day
• 131 baskets and $1,150 worth of Jewel Gift Cards delivered to Glenwood School in Waukegan.
• $2,000 donated to the ARK
• $2,000 donated to the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.