We at Congregation Beth Shalom:
feed and clothe the local homeless through PADS shelters
provide support to local Jewish social service agencies such as Shalva, Jewish Child and Family Services, the Ark, and others
support our troops
provide flu shots
provide much needed assistance to LifeSource through our annual blood drive
stock and sort food at our local food pantryHelp with one or with all – whatever works for you and your situation. If time is an issue, try a short project - something that takes just an hour or two like stocking our local Northfield Township food pantry, which is a quick and easy social action project.
Charity is a fundamental part of the Jewish way of life. Reaching out to those in need is central to Jewish being. Congregation Beth Shalom offers opportunities to donate your time and/or items to help others. Beth Shalom will continue with projects of the past and will establish new projects - all which will need volunteers!
During the past year, more than 300 CBS volunteers of all ages – young and old alike - have helped our community, but we need many, many more. We need leaders/coordinators who can spearhead projects as well as volunteers to make these projects happen and support our Jewish and non-Jewish friends in need.
The following drives will be occurring over the next month:
Social Action will be joining School in a program sponsored by Marshall Center and HIAS called “One Mitzvah One Community”. We will be working to meet the needs of immigrants entering the US by providing ‘basic necessities’, including toiletries and writing implements. These will be sent to the southern border to be distributed to refugees and asylum seekers who are “in the system”.
Drop off by December 31st -New or gently used Adult Coats/hats/gloves/scarves Drive for Momma Chef’s Soup Kitchen at Congregation K.I.N.S.
-12/10- Feed the Homeless – Provide a portion of the meal for PADS at a homeless shelter in Buffalo Grove
-12/28- Help Men’s Club: volunteer for Shabbat services at Lieberman Center in Skokie. Contact Steve Elisco – [email protected]
-1/14- Feed the Homeless – Provide a portion of the meal for PADS at a homeless shelter in Buffalo Grove
**Field Trips to various charities around the community such as Bernie’s Books, Feed our Starving Children, Ronald McDonald House, Random Acts of Flowers, Cradles to Crayons are in the works. Let us know if you would like to participate or have other locations you would be interested in.
** New SA Project**
Hunger Free Northbrook would like volunteers to help students in our community who are food insecure with supplemental food items for lunches for the weekends and holidays. Contact me if you would like to participate on an individual or monthly basis or would like more information. This could be a great way to include your children in a Social Action project.
*Please bring in your cell phone chargers for Northwestern Hospital and cell phones for SHALVA, new or gently used bras for ‘I support the girls’, ‘pop tabs’ for Ronald McDonald Houses, glasses for Lions Club and current dated non perishable food items for the ARK Food Pantry and Northfield Township Food Pantry.Volunteer to join our CBS Social Action Committee and be one of our Mitzvah Volunteer Partners (MVPs). No experience is required. Have a suggestion for a project? New areas of concern can be addressed at any moment. Most of all, we need your help. Check this site often for updates! Contact
Sara Weinstein [email protected].
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