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:
Support Refugees Resettling to Chicago. Recently Anshe Emet welcomed a refugee family to Chicago, a family of four with two small children. They are Rohingya Muslims who fled persecution in Burma (now known as Myanmar). We are sponsoring them in partnership with RefugeeOne and aiding them in everything from employment assistance to English tutoring. To stay up-to-date about ways to support them and other refugee families living in Chicago, get on our special email list by writing to [email protected]. Here are specific things you can do:
Job Mentoring Assistance for No One Left Behind Family: We are also continuing to support a family who allied with the US army in Afghanistan and who now live in the Chicago in partnership with No One Left Behind. Specifically, we need a few people to help support his job search, including assisting him in taking advantage of organizations that can help with the employment process and possibly assist him in obtaining the advanced training and tools needed to advance his career. Please contact Marcie Marcovitz at [email protected] or 847-542-7733 to offer your assistance.
Tutor Students in English and Math at Clinton Elementary School: DeWitt Clinton Elementary in West Rogers Park is looking for a few volunteers to tutor refugee and immigrant students in math and literacy. This is the school our sponsored family’s child will attend. This volunteer opportunity is one hour per week during the school day (8:30 am-3:30 pm). To volunteer or for more information, please contact Melissa Sterne at [email protected].
Mentor or Tutor a Refugee One Family: Refugee One can use volunteers to assist families who arrive without a co-sponsor. Please complete Refugee One’s volunteer form and indicate that you are from Anshe Emet. Contact Samantha DeKoven at [email protected] with questions.
Donate: Anshe Emet now has a special fund dedicated to refugee assistance. Contributions to the Anshe Emet Refugee Resettlement Fund go toward supporting refugees and other vulnerable immigrants whom Anshe Emet has supported in resettling to Chicago. As these families often lack essential needs, your donation will make an impact in welcoming them to Chicago and helping them build their new life. The fund is listed on the Anshe Emet donation page.
Donate Blood. Anshe Emet is hosting a blood drive in partnership with Life Source on Thursday, April 19th from 3-8pm, coinciding with Anshe Emet’s annual Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration. Celebrate Israel and save a life. Sign-up link will be posted soon. Note that it takes about an hour from when you walk in the door to complete the process of donating blood.
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 [email protected] to sign up.
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. Over the past year, we’ve seen the United States and our neighboring countries face devastating 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.
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