Tzedakah Fund

Family Matters project, RISE, teen clients participate in a meeting to design, research, and publish a podcast on social justice issues. The project goal is to provide participants with the opportunity to learn crucial technical and leadership skills.

Our Tzedakah (righteous giving) Fund provides grants to social service and social action organizations within the greater community that address basic human needs.

It offers our members a way to support the community financially.

Family Matters project, RISE, teen clients participate in a meeting to design, research, and publish a podcast on social justice issues. The project goal is to provide participants with the opportunity to learn crucial technical and leadership skills.

Since 1987, Beth Emet has awarded 328 grants totaling $144,764.

Grant recipients address basic human needs through —

  • social service, by giving relief to those who are in need and helping victims of violence or injustice
  • social action, by educating the public, influencing public policy, and advocating social change. 

Who can apply for the grants?

Any not-for-profit organization that meets the requirements specified in our application form is eligible to submit a grant application. The Tzedakah Committee accepts applications from not-for-profit organizations directly or from synagogue committees, the Klei Kodesh and staff, and individual synagogue members submitting applications on behalf of those organizations. 

The Tzedakah Committee gives grants twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. You can apply for a grant on behalf of a not-for-profit organization and donate to the Tzedakah Fund. Contact Barry Isaacson for more information on the grants or to join the Tzedakah Committee.

The Tzedakah Committee will continue to provide grants to eligible and deserving non-profits. We encourage congregants to help charitable organizations with which they may be involved to submit grant applications for future grant cycles. For more information, contact Barry Isaacson.


Fall 2022

The Tzedakah Committee awards grants to deserving non-profit organizations that best exemplify Beth Emet’s social justice core values of righteousness and justice; love of one’s neighbors and for the stranger; compassion; kindness; and, hospitality. This fall, the committee awarded two $1,000 grants to Clearbrook of Arlington Heights and Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E).

Clearbrook of Arlington Heights
Clearbrook serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It will use the grant to purchase art supplies and an air fryer to better serve clients of Techny Community Day Services Center, an adult vocational program in Northbrook. The supplies will be used to enhance educational and recreational activities. The air fryer will be used to improve the day services facility’s ability to provide meals to its clients who keep kosher. Beth Emet member Jill Randell volunteers at the Center.

Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.)
This Skokie not-for-profit will use its grant to purchase two wide-span heavy-duty storage racks and supplemental cat food for its pet food pantry. The pantry distributes free pet food and supplies to needy north shore families. Beth Emet members Neal and Phyllis SHanoff and Alison Finkel and her daughter, Ray, volunteer at the pantry.

See our previous successful applicants since 2013.

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