Community :: Social Action
Third Thursday of the Month
Here’s your chance to act! Emanuel’s Social Action Committee has undertaken a long-term relationship with the Inspiration Cafe at Wilson and Broadway in Uptown. Inspiration Café is an organization dedicated to serving homeless people with dignity and respect. Every third Thursday of the month, volunteers from Emanuel purchase prepare, and serve food to about 35 people at the Inspiration Cafe. The time involved in preparation and serving is from 4-7:00 p.m., although food can also be cooked in advance. Each Thursday requires 5-7 adults and children over 13, so several families or individuals can join in this worthwhile and rewarding activity. Sign up today by contacting Marty Cohen.
During World War II, the Emanuel Congregation Sewing Ladies sewed for the Red Cross. Today, they knit, crochet, and sew such items as baby blankets, lapghans, sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens, booties, skirts, shawls, and ponchos. These items are donated to local hospitals, among them St. Joseph’s Hospital Neonatal and Adult Rehab units, Care for Real, Jewish Child and Family Services, Chicago Chesed Fund, and other social service agencies for their clients. We encourage knitters and crocheters to join us on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 am–12:30 pm at Emanuel Congregation, 5959 North Sheridan Road, Chicago. We supply the yarn; you supply the working hands!
Update on Vasilkov here.
Vasilkov. Emanuel’s Social Justice Committee needs your help. The Chicago Action Committee for Jews in the former Soviet Union, in association with the Jewish United Fund, is matching interested area congregations with emerging Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union. Rabbi Zedek and Emanuel’s SJC are asking interested congregants to join in organizing activities to send supplies to a budding Jewish community in Vasilkov. This small but emerging community has severe spiritual, emotional, and physical needs that we hope to help address. We will plan a series of activities for Emanuel to raise awareness, support, collect supplies, and generally assist the people of Vasilkov. This impoverished Jewish community in eastern Europe is in need of everything from clothing, vitamins and food, to Jewish books, mezuzot, menorahs and more. To get involved, contact SJC Co-chairs Judy Glaser (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Stephen Melamed (email@example.com) to volunteer.