Each time you come to BJBE, bring something to donate to the Tzedakah Niche in the Village Center outside of our sanctuary. We have ongoing collections for eyeglasses, hearing aids, cell phones, batteries, printer cartridges, diapers, underwear, socks, and travel-sized toiletries.
PADS Homeless Shelter
Fourth Sunday of the Month (October-April)
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.
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.
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 don't have enough 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)
BJBE is a member of SAT, 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. SAT’s goal is “to build relational power for collective actions in the name of justice and the common good.”
Select Saturday & Sunday evenings throughout 2015-2016
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.
Annual High Holy Day 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.
Maot Chitim: Feeding the Hungry
Rosh Hashanah Packing Day – Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah Delivery Day – Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 8:00-10:30 a.m.
Packing and Delivery Location: 1808 Holste Road, Northbrook
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.
Fall Health Fair
Sunday, October 18, 2015
8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
This educational and interactive event will include, but isn't limited to, free diabetes, bone density, blood pressure, vision and balance screenings. Flu shots will also be offered (bring your insurance card). The Health Fair is sponsored by The Caring Community in conjunction with CJE/SeniorLife.
Fall & Spring Blood Drives
Sunday, October 18, 2015
8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Twice a year The Social Action Network coordinates a blood drive for LifeSource to help those Chicagoans in need of blood and blood products. Committee members and donors are needed.
Rachel Tzinberg Richard Goldberg
3rd Annual MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 18, 2016
Make Martin Luther King’s Day a day on instead of a day off. We provide various off-and on-site social action opportunities to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. In addition to participating, opportunities for planning and “day-of” leadership are available. If you want to get involved, contact Kelly Goldberg, firstname.lastname@example.org.
G’milut Chasadim Programs for Young Families
Getting our children involved in Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and G'milut Chasadim (acts of kindness) at a young age is a primary goal of our programming. Making connections and growing friendships with other young families is another. Join us once or on an ongoing basis as we bake cookies for Project Nourish, collect food for the Ark, create craft bags for children in the hospital and much more.
Melanie Berkowitz Carrie Cohan
Sisterhood Social Action
Sisterhood organizes social action projects during the year such as making Linus blankets, collecting food and other items for the ARK, and the Lone Soldier Project for soldiers serving in the Israeli Army.
Jeannie Pearlman Linda Rukin
Social Action Education
Suburban Jewish Poverty & the Mitzvah of Tzedakah
Sundays, November 1 & 8, 2015
Today, for the first time, more than one-third of Chicago’s Jews in need live in the northern suburbs. We will learn about the mitzvah of tzedakah in Jewish tradition, explore the rise of suburban poverty using real-world examples of Jews in need, and discuss the network of social services that help families return to stability.
November 1 – THE MITZVAH OF TZEDAKAH – Rabbi Brian Stoller
November 8 – JEWISH NEED IN THE SUBURBS: PROVIDING A SAFETY NET – Dr. Marc Swatez, Executive Director of The ARK
Shabbat Nature Walks
Join Todd Katz as he leads our congregants and their families on nature walks locally and regionally to engage people in the environment and the mindfulness of Shabbat. Dates to be determined but will be posted on the “BJBE Community” Facebook page.
Laura Singer Todd Katz
Tu BiShevat Community Celebration at Chicagoland Jewish High School (CJHS)
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Each year on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat we join Jews all over the world in observation of this agricultural festival which is also known as “The Birthday of the Trees.” Join us as we celebrate the first buds of spring with study and sustenance from the variety of fruits that grow on trees.
JCARES Partnership for Safer Synagogues
BJBE is certified as a Safer Synagogue by 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 leadership has been trained in understanding the impact of abuse across the lifespan and improving access to support for congregants experiencing abusive situations.
Temple Office Sherry Rundell
847-940-7575 Margot Andersen
G’milut Chasadim Trips
Jewish Life and G’milut Chasadim Trip to New Orleans
Thursday, March 10 - Sunday, March 13, 2016
Help continue our work in New Orleans. Join fellow BJBE congregants in our eighth annual social action mission to New Orleans. We will continue to strengthen interfaith relationships with Christian and Jewish groups in the Crescent City, form new friendships within our BJBE community, and help rebuild communities in need. Together we will also explore and enjoy the unique city of New Orleans.
Mike Goldberg Lara Kirts
Emergency Disaster Relief Trips
Make lasting connections, learn about Jewish life and culture and lend your hands to help in communities that experience devastation through natural disaster. Together we will have the opportunity to travel to rebuild and support the affected communities with the hope of revisiting whenever necessary. Previous trips have included Joplin, MO, Moore, OK, and Washington, IL. If you would like to get involved contact Susie Selbst, email@example.com.