Na'aseh Social Justice at Anshe Emet

The biblical prophets preached that a Judaism of study and observance is incomplete without a pledge to bettering the condition of those in need. Racism, poverty, hunger, violence and social neglect abound and cry out for a Jewish response. Only when we throw ourselves towards social justice do we fulfill our mandate as Jews. Only when our community rallies to the cry of “We will do” is our Judaism expressed in its full vitality.

All are invited to participate and share in making Anshe Emet a community linked by a passionate commitment to Na'aseh. Action comes only through participation so please join and help strengthen our committee. 

Na'aseh is the volunteer social action arm of Anshe Emet Synagogue. Subscribe to our newsletter! Email us at [email protected].

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Emily Feder, President
Anna Rubin, Vice President
Jonathan Zimbler, Membership Chair
Don Shapiro, Advocacy Chair
Jon Zidel, Direct Service Chair
Zach Seeskin, Communications Chair
Rabbi David Russo, Rabbinic Liaison

Applications for the 2017-2018 Na'aseh Board!

Want to help coordinate and organize social justice learning and volunteer programming in the Anshe Emet community? Interested in helping organize direct service and advocacy opportunities? Applications are open for the Na'aseh board for 2017-2018.

Here's a list of positions!
  • President
    • You'll oversee the board, and set the agenda for board meetings
    • Make sure Na'aseh runs smoothly
  • Vice President/Treasurer
    • Ensure that Na'aseh follows the bylaws
    • Manage the budget and finances
  • Direct Service Chair
    • Oversee direct service efforts, such as Ma'ot Chitim and Uptown Café
  • Advocacy Chair
    • Oversees advocacy initiatives
    • Acts as liaison with ONE Northside
  • Membership and Outreach Chair
    • Lead efforts to engage the synagogue community
    • Follow up with first time Na'aseh attendees
  • Communications Chair
    • Coordinate and create the Na'aseh newsletter 
    • Update the web page and Na'aseh Facebook group (or applicable marketing materials)

Interested in applying? Apply for candidacy by June 5 for elections on June 20. Click here for more information on applying, or email [email protected] with any questions.

Refugee Resettlement at Anshe Emet

We are continuing to organize volunteers and collect donations to support immigrant and refugee families resettling to Chicago through our partnerships with HIAS and No One Left Behind. Here are some ways you can get involved:

  1. Volunteer: Sign up to volunteer to help recent arrivals. In addition, we are looking for volunteers to help move furniture into storage on Sunday, June 4. Please email Melissa Sterne at [email protected] if you are available to help move furniture on June 4.

  2. Donate Furniture: Furniture donations are critical for providing basic necessities for a new family's home.
  3. Contribute Welcome Messages and Recipes: The Gesher Adult B'nei Mitzvah class is assembling a book of welcome messages and recipes for refugee families. Contribute your welcome message and/or recipes here.

  4. Donate Household Goods: We have set up a registry through Target to provide basic needs for families.

  5. Advocacy: Refugees are in need of our advocacy to ensure that our country continues to support them. Email us at [email protected] if you are interested in learning about actions you can take to support refugees.

Volunteer Opportunities

Email [email protected] to learn more about or to get involved in any of the following activities:

  • Monthly direct service opportunities at the Night Ministry and Uptown Cafe.
  • Advocacy and organizing with One Northside and the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs in areas including mental health justice, clean energy, and police accountability.