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Tikkun Olam-Repairing the World-in person activities temporarily suspended

Am Yisrael’s Tikkun Olam committee is in full swing. Over the past six months, the committee has researched and selected several Tikkun Olam projects that are now being made available to the congregation for participation. We are seeking volunteers for the following projects: 

1. Northfield Food Pantry 
2550 Waukegan Rd Ste 100
Glenview, IL 60025 (7 minutes from synagogue)

The pantry is like a small grocery store. A volunteer shift is two hours.  Volunteer hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Thursdays the hours are from 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. 2 - 3 people per shift.
Duties include:

*Assisting clients while they pick up their food.
*Assisting with receiving food donations. 
*Organizing and sorting food donations. 
*Stocking shelves, refrigerators, and freezers.
Helping clients check out.

For information and to volunteer contact Steve Zeal – 847-951-6111


2. Beth Emet Soup Kitchen
1224 Dempster
Evanston, IL  60202 (20 minutes from synagogue)
Wed., March 11, 2020 (cost - $50/adult)
4:15 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

The Am Yisrael Tikum Olam Committee has agreed to provide a volunteer group to purchase, prepare and serve a dinner for the Beth Emet soup kitchen for individuals in need. 

The group required will consist of 10 adults and up to 5 children under the age of 16. Each adult participant will be required to donate $50 toward the purchase of food. Individuals in our group will purchase grocery items based on a shopping list provided 5-7 days in advance of the scheduled date.   The meal and lunches are prepared between 4:15 and 6:00. Dinner is served between 6:00 and 7:00.  

As we have guaranteed this time with Beth Emet, please contact Steve Zeal – or 847-951-6111 ASAP to reserve your (and possibly your child’s) spot.


3. CJE Senior Life - Lieberman and Gidwitz/Friends/Weinberg Center
1551 Lake Cook Rd.
Deerfield, IL 60015

*Thursday evening reading to residents.
*Monthly birthday celebrations at Lieberman, on the 2nd Sunday (unless there is a holiday), 3-4 volunteers.
*7th floor “newsgroup” volunteer to engage in news and current events.

For information or to volunteer, contact Eric Matlin at 847-571-6301


4. Family Promise 
4 Happ Rd.
Northfield, IL 60093 (at synagogue)
Dec. 22 through Dec. 28

Family Promise of the North Shore is an organization that consists of a consortium of synagogues and churches that cares for homeless families who find themselves temporarily without shelter. 

Volunteers heat and put out dinner for the guests and eat with them. This shift is from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. After dinner the hosts prepare lunches for the guests that they will take with them for the next day.Other volunteers arrive at 8:00 p.m. and meet the guests and then remain overnight with them and put out breakfast for them in the morning. 

We need at least two families for the dinner shift and families with children are most welcome. The overnight shift requires just one person, however we often have couples or families who volunteer for this shift.

For information or to volunteer, contact Claudia 847-309-9525


5. Bernie’s Book Bank 
917 N. Shore Drive 
Lake Bluff, IL 60044 (30 minutes from synagogue)

BBB provides children’s books to those in need. Morning and early afternoon shifts are two hours. The last shifts start at 4:00 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. and last 1-1/2 hours. There are no evening or Sunday shifts.

There are four tasks in the warehouse: stickering, sorting, leveling, and bagging.
The calendar is prepared 2-3 months in advance

For more information or to volunteer, contact Marianne Schreiber - 847-835-1665


6. Chicago Pride Parade
Sunday June 28, 2020

Starting at noon from Broadway & Montrose, stretching over a 4-mile route. We will march as a group to show our support as a congregation.

To volunteer or for more information contact Maxine Frankel at or Polly Schwartz at 847-902-5410.

Tue, June 22 2021 12 Tammuz 5781