Na'aseh Social Justice at Anshe Emet

At Anshe Emet, we see tikkun olam as integral to Jewish life. Na'aseh is the social justice committee that helps our Anshe Emet community engage in social action and volunteer activities. Are you looking for ways to get involved and tackle issues of hunger, poverty, racism, and violence? Join us to volunteer your time as we partner with other organizations in Chicago. Our efforts are non-partisan. Sign up by clicking on one of the links below, or let us know about other ideas you have to engage our community in this important work of social justice. Together - Naaseh. We will do.

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Jump in! Join us in any or all of the following upcoming opportunities to serve our community’s needs:

Serve Youth Needs. Anshe Emet volunteers work with the Night Ministry every other month to provide a meal to the clients of the Youth Outreach Team.  There are opportunities to feed youth who are homeless by baking, cooking, and serving food on the street at Halsted and Belmont.  We also collect hygiene products and new warm winter gear for the Night Ministry. Please contact Janine Landow-Esser at [email protected] to participate.

Fight Hunger with JUF Uptown Cafe: Join Anshe Emet volunteers the second Monday of each month from 5:30 - 7:30 as we serve dinner to food-insecure Chicagoans at the JUF Uptown Cafe (at the EZRA Multi-service Center). Volunteers must be 16 or above (or 12 or above with a chaperone). This is a great bar and bat mitzvah project! Contact Emily Feder at [email protected] to sign up.

Teens: Tutor Elementary Students Youth. Online. Unified. Tutor students of Bright Star Community Outreach in grades 3-5 through a weekly online session Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:00 pm. Bright Star families greatly value the tutoring and one-on-one attention. Anshe Emet students in grades 8-12 are invited to sign up for tutoring (and earn service hours). A few social gatherings at Anshe Emet and Bright Star will enable the students to get to know each other in person. Contact Ruth Rau at [email protected] to sign up.

Donate Blood. Anshe Emet is hosting a blood drive in partnership with the Red Cross on Thursday, December 14, 2017 during the Anshe Emet annual Chanukah party: Light and Latkes. Sign-up here.

Prepare Taxes for Low-Income Families. Want an interesting and meaningful volunteer opportunity? Do you want to know more about the tax system? Become a volunteer tax preparer for low-income families with the Center for Economic Progress and help out approximately once a week from January - April. Online training and on-site support are provided -- no prior experience necessary! Contact Jonathan Zimbler and Emily Feder at [email protected]

Advocate to Solve Systemic Issues. Anshe Emet is an organizational member of ONE Northside and a synagogue partner of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. Through both organizations, we have joined with other community groups to organize around local issues. Past advocacy efforts have included voter registration drives and small group meetings around particular issues such as mental health justice, clean energy, and police accountability. 

Support Natural Disaster Recovery. Our thoughts are with those in the United States, Mexico, and Caribbean who are dealing with the damage inflicted by the recent onslaught of natural disasters. If you would like to support recovery efforts in those places, money for on the ground organizations is the most effective way to make an impact, and following organizations are either active on the ground or working closely with those groups.

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago is collecting funds to aid those affected by the recent devastating storms. Contributions can be made online here.

American Red Cross - With a long history of disaster relief work, the American Red Cross is one of the first organizations to mobilize on the ground in response to any natural disaster, providing volunteer support, shelter, and emergency supplies.  You can choose the area to direct your donations in the box where it says "I want to Support" at this link.

The American Jewish World Service is collecting donations and directing them to trusted Mexican aid organizations. To donate, click here

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Northern California has set up an Emergency Assistance Fund to aid Sonoma County -residents affected by the wildfires. To donate, click here.

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

1.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.
2. Donate Household Goods: We have set up a registry through Target to provide basic needs for families.
3. 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.


Samantha DeKoven, President
Zach Seeskin, Vice President
Jonathan Zimbler, Membership Chair
Lorenzo Davis, Advocacy Chair
Molly Sender, Direct Service Chair
Emily Feder, Communications Chair
Rabbi David Russo, Rabbinic Liaison
Mimi Weisberg, Staff Liaison