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

Supporting and Standing with Immigrants and Refugees

Inspired by our commitment to be a light unto the nations, we invite our community to come together to welcome and support refugees arriving in Chicago through two initiatives. Anshe Emet Synagogue has partnered with HIAS to help resettle a refugee family, and through a partnership with No One Left Behind, Anshe Emet is providing ongoing support for Afghan and Iraqi immigrants who have assisted U.S. soldiers in combat.

While we are still in the process of learning the families’ specific needs and timelines for arrival in Chicago, we are recruiting volunteers now so that we will be ready. If you have any questions, please be in touch with Avi Allen at [email protected].

Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

  1. Volunteer: Sign up to volunteer to help recent arrivals.
  2. Donate Furniture: Furniture donations are critical for providing basic necessities for a new family’s home. We are especially in need of a storage unit, garage space or basement to store furniture until their arrival (1 to 4 months).
  3. Donate Household Goods: We have set up a registry through Target to provide basic needs for families.
  4. Donate to HIAS: Make a donation as we provide the basic funds to help a family start their lives in Chicago at Anshe Emet Razoo.
  5. Spread the Word: If you know of others who want to be involved, please contact Avi at [email protected], and we will follow up with them.
  6. Call​ or write to your representatives in Congress thanking them for their support of refugees, or demanding that they take a firm stance against any effort to bar refugees from entering this country.
    Sen. Richard Durbin: 202-224-2152, 312-353-4952
    Sen. Tammy Duckworth: 202-224-2854, 312-886-3506
    Rep. Mike Quigley: 202-225-4061, 773-267-5926

In addition, please mark your calendar for Thursday, March 23, 6:00pm for a dinner and information session on Anshe Emet’s refugee resettlement efforts. More on this event coming soon!

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 with One Northside and the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs in areas including mental health justice, clean energy, and police accountability