Monthly Social Action Efforts

Nurturing our North Shore Neighbors
Once per month during the school year
Drop-off to: Moraine Township Food Pantry, 777 Central Avenue in Highland Park
BJBE joins with other neighborhood synagogues, churches and community groups to provide bags of groceries for families in need. Moraine Township students who might benefit from this support are identified by their school leaders, and their families are able to pick up the groceries at their child's school. Our efforts are critical for families who need to supplement their income or for whom food stamps do not stretch the full month. Moraine Township Food Pantry provides a shopping list and BJBE volunteers sign up to purchase groceries for five families. Expect to make one shopping trip and spend approximately $125 to cover the cost of groceries for all five families. Groceries are then dropped off at the Food Pantry for distribution. This is a great program for groups of families and a valuable mitzvah project for B'nai Mitzvah students.
Contact: Laurie Egert Weissler, lweissler@senecastrategy.com

PADS Homeless Shelter
Fourth Sunday of each Month (October 2016-April 2017)
First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield, 824 Waukegan Road, Deerfield, IL
BJBE provides meals and volunteers to support residents of Lake County who are homeless through PADS, Providing Advocacy, Dignity and Shelter. The Deerfield shelter is a joint initiative of houses of worship in our area. BJBE provides volunteers from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. in addition to dinner, breakfast and a bag lunch for up to 50 guests. Volunteers are needed for set up, meal preparation, and caring for/assisting our guests. PADS is the first point of contact for residents of Lake County who are homeless and often the only hope for someone facing a long night in the cold. PADS serves individuals, families with children, the mentally ill, and veterans by providing vital services, such as emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, street outreach, and social services.
Contact: Ruth Miller, oogiyot@comcast.net

Project Nourish
Fourth Sunday of each Month, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Once a month volunteers gather in BJBE's kitchen to pack and deliver lunches to help feed people who need extra food. Lunches are distributed to neighborhood residents at a church near the United Center, at PADS in Lake County, and Staben House in Waukegan.
Contact: Merilee Waldron, memi660@aol.com

Baking Cookies for Project Nourish
This is a wonderful Tikkun Olam opportunity for all congregants in partnership with the Young Families Social Action Network. Bake a batch of home-made cookies (no nuts or nut products please) and bag by two's in Ziploc bags to be added to Project Nourish lunches which are delivered to people who are in need of food. Please label your outer bag "Project Nourish" and put it in the far right freezer. We will include the cookies the next time we prepare lunches.

Social Advocacy Team (SAT)
Quarterly Meetings
BJBE is a member of UPAJ (United Power for Action and Justice), a non-partisan community organization composed of 35 religious congregations, not-for-profit groups, hospitals, health centers, and civic organizations in the Chicago metropolitan area. The SAT team's goal is to build relationships with congregants to identify mutual shared values and concerns and then share the stories behind them. SAT builds relational power for collective actions in the name of justice and the common good.
Contact: Susan Drucker, sdrucker@gemguide.com

Inspiration Café
Select Saturday & Sunday evenings throughout 2016-2017, 4:00-7:15 p.m.
Congregants and B'nai Mitzvah students have the opportunity to plan a menu, shop for groceries, and prepare and serve a nutritious dinner in a restaurant-style setting for up to 40 individuals who are on their journey toward self-sufficiency. This is a wonderful and gratifying group activity that requires 5-7 volunteers. Inspiration Café is located at 4554 N. Broadway on Chicago's north side.
Contact: Gil Bathgate, gilb@specialtyprintcomm.com