Each time you come to BJBE, bring something to donate to the Tzedakah Niche in the Village Center outside of our new sanctuary. We are currently collecting underwear, socks, coffee, eyeglasses, hearing aids, cell phones, printer cartridges, batteries, diapers and travel-sized toiletries.
Primrose Valley Farm (Community Supported Agriculture)
Since 2010, BJBE has partnered with a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) initiative that is committed to farming not only ethically and responsibly, but also Jewishly. You can purchase personal shares of fresh produce that will be delivered on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. You can also purchase a Tikkun Olam share that goes to provide fresh produce to needy individuals through The Ark. The mission of Primrose Valley Farm is “to be a source of both food and thought for our community, expanding awareness of the connection between us and our food sources while putting healthy, responsibly produced food on our tables that’s in sync with the seasons and the Jewish calendar cycle.”
PADS Homeless Shelter
Fourth Sunday of the Month (October-April)
First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield
824 Waukegan Road, Deerfield, IL 60015
One Sunday each month, 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. 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 regardless of their reason for being homeless by providing vital services, such as emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, street outreach and social services.
Contact: Ruth Miller, email@example.com
Fourth Sunday of the Month
Once a month, volunteers gather in BJBE’s kitchen to pack and deliver lunches to help feed the hungry. Lunches are distributed through two shelters in the city and Lake County: PADS and A Safe Place in North Chicago.
Contact: Merilee Waldron, firstname.lastname@example.org
United Power for Action and Justice
BJBE is a member of UPAJ, a non-partisan community organization composed of 40 religious congregations, not-for-profit groups, hospitals, health centers and civic organizations in the Chicago metropolitan area. UPAJ’s goal is “to build relational power for collective actions in the name of justice and the common good.”
Contact: Susan Drucker, email@example.com
Annual High Holiday Food Drive
Rosh Hashanah through Sukkot
Every year at this time we join other area Reform congregations to collect food for those in our community who are hungry. Food and paper products are donated to The Ark.
Select Saturday and Sunday evenings
Congregants and B’nai Mitzvah students have the opportunity to plan a menu, shop for groceries, prepare and serve a nutritious dinner in a restaurant-style setting for up to 50 individuals who are on their journey from homelessness toward self-sufficiency. This is a wonderful group activity that will require 5-7 volunteers. The Inspiration Café is located at 4554 N. Broadway on Chicago’s north side.
Contact: Gil Bathgate , GilB@specialtyprintcomm.com
Sunday, October 13, 2013
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
This educational and interactive event will include diabetes and osteoporosis education and testing as well as an opportunity for blood donation. The Health Fair is being sponsored by the Center for Social Justice and the Caring Community in conjunction with CJE/Senior Life.
Contact: Terry Sachsel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Blood Drive and Organ Donor Sign-Up
October 13, 2013 and Spring 2014
Twice a year we hold a blood drive for LifeSource to help those Chicagoans in need of blood and blood products. Committee members and donors are needed.
Contact: Alison Bloom, email@example.com
G’milut Chasadim Programs for Young Families
Three times a year young families gather to do hands-on mitzvah projects to teach their children aboutg’milut chasadim(acts of kindness).
Contact: Amy Berger, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maot Chitim: Feeding the Hungry
Rosh Hashanah Packing Day - Sunday 8/18 – 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Rosh Hashanah Delivery Day - Sunday 8/25 – 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Packing and Delivery Location: 5990 W Touhy Ave, Niles, IL
Twice a year, at Rosh Hashanah and Pesach, we join with this organization to pack and deliver boxes of food to people in the Chicago area who are in need.
Contact: Brian Aronson, email@example.com
Sisterhood Social Action Programs
Sisterhood organizes social action projects during the year.
JCARES Partnership for Safer Synagogues
BJBE is certified as a Safer Synagogueby Jewish Community Abuse Resources, Education & Solutions (JCARES), a coalition dedicated to addressing abuse across the Jewish community and perpetuating healthy, peaceful, Jewish homes, families and relationships. Our clergy and lay leadership have been trained in understanding the impact of abuse across the lifespan and improving access to support for congregants experiencing abusive situations.
Contact: the temple office, 847-940-7575, or Laura Passmore, firstname.lastname@example.org