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Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

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The purpose of the Beth Emet Tzedakah Fund is to support causes, organizations and projects that promote justice, equality and social well being; to recognize each Jew's obligation to perform tzedakah (righteous giving); and to encourage the member families of Beth Emet The Free Synagogue to give tzedakah as a regular part of their daily lives.

The Fund makes grants to organizations that address problems of basic human needs through:

  1. Social Service. By giving relief to those who are in need and help to victims of violence or injustice.

  2. Social Action. By educating the public, influencing public policy and advocating social change.

Any organization that meets the guidelines is eligible; including small or large organizations that need funding for emerging or emergency projects. Requests may come to the Committee through another synagogue committee, from a synagogue professional (rabbi, cantor, eduction director, administrator), or from individual synagogue members representing the organization. The committee, organization, or individual sponsoring the request must use the Tzedakah Fund Application Form and must supply all the information requested on the forms. Forms are available below or from the Beth Emet Office.

pdfTzedakah Fund Grant Application Guidelines

pdfTzedakah Fund Grant Application

 

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Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

  • JCUA Interfaith Dinner and  Shabbaton: Lifting up MLK’s Legacy and  Jewish Social Justice Today


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    This summer Chicago will commemorate 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic march for housing equality. Join JCUA for an interfaith dinner and Shabbaton that will include services at Beth Shalom ...

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  • Help Make This Summer a “Tzedakah Summer"
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    In honor of the Beth Emet Tzedakah Fund’s anniversary on June 1, an anonymous supporter has graciously offered to donate $18 to the Beth Emet Tzed...
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