Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering as a member of the community is not only good, but it’s a place to connect to our shared Jewish values and build relationships.

Looking for volunteers or know of other opportunities? Contact Bekki Kaplan or call her at 847-869-4230 x 304

A Just Harvest

Serving Dinner to Warm the Soul as Well as the Stomach

For over 35 years members who came to Beth Emet from Temple Judea Mizpah have volunteered at this location to provide dinner for the guests on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Volunteers shop, cook on site and serve approximately 160 guests.

Contact: Helayne Levin

Divrei Torah Leaders

Sharing a D'Var Torah (Sermon) with the Community

Following the Torah reading at Kahal Shabbat morning services, a member of the clergy, Director of Lifelong Learning or a member of the community offers a D’var Torah (sermon) and questions for the community to discuss.

Whether you’re a seasoned leader or wish to learn (you’re welcome to meet with the rabbi as you prepare), we would love to learn from and with you.

Contact: the office

Kabbalat Shabbat Ushers

Ushering in Shabbat

A great way to meet others in others in the congregation is by ushering for Shabbat services.

Offering a “Shabbat Shalom,” ensuring that everyone has a siddur (prayer book), and making sure everyone feels welcome & included is an important part of building a community.

Contact: Bekki Kaplan

Beth Emet is part of the Progressive Chevra Kadisha (PCK), a volunteer inter-congregational society dedicated to conducting the ceremony of tahara in preparation for Jewish burial.

PCK is run by volunteers from Beth Emet, the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, Lomdim, Or Chadash, and the Egalitarian Minyan/Ner Tamid of West Rogers Park to serve the needs of members and their families.

When someone dies, PCK members visit the funeral home — as part of the Beth Emet Burial Plan or at a family’s request — and prepare the body of the deceased according to the centuries-old customs of our people.

PCK members wash the body (rechitza), perform a tahara (ritual cleansing), and dress the deceased in a set of tachrichim (simple white garments) for burial. The Progressive Chevra Kadisha performs this service anonymously as g’mitlut chesed (an ultimate act of lovingkindness) to honor the dead and to comfort the living who remember them.

To learn more about the work of the Progressive Chevra Kadisha, to inquire about arranging a tahara, or to volunteer, call 847-440-4725, or email pckadisha@gmail.com.

Shabbat Connections

Bringing the Warmth of Shabbat Dinners to Our Community

Shabbat Connections provides a complete Shabbat dinner on a weekly basis to members in the Beth Emet community who may need support in times of need or transition. Whether you’re ill, homebound, had a recent death in the family, had a new baby or have recently moved, a delicious meal is always welcome.

This volunteer opportunity is for you if you’re looking to help prepare a meal and bring it to a Beth Emet family on a Friday afternoon. Our volunteers, cooks and drivers make this mitzvah possible. While the commitment, whether on a regular basis or sporadically, may be small, the appreciation of the recipients lingers long after their meal has been delivered.

Contact: Arlene Berke

Shiva Minyan Leaders

Leading Kaddish for Those in Mourning

When a member of our community experiences a loss, Shiva Minyan volunteers offer comfort and support by leading services in the homes of mourners. This volunteer opportunity is for you if you’re comfortable leading a shiva service (or learning how to).

Contact  the office at 847-869-4230 to request a minyan leader. If you have experience leading a shiva minyan or are interested in being trained to become a minyan leader, please contact Jack Levie or Howard Sachs.

Soul Stitchers

For Crochet and Knitting Lovers

Know how to knit and/or crochet?

As a tribute to Nikki Zarefsky z”l, join us for an hour (on zoom) of knitting and connecting as we create shawls to warm people during services and/or healing shawls that will bring warmth to those in need in a hospital, home, or other settings.

Newcomers are welcome and encouraged to join!

Contact: Beth Emet Soul Stitchers

The Beth Emet Soup Kitchen

Feeding the Hungry with Respect and Love

Every Wednesday evening since 2002, Beth Emet has opened its doors to members of our community in need of a nutritious dinner. guests sit at linen-covered tables with fresh flowers and listen to live music while enjoying their meal, and they leave with a sack lunch to enjoy on the following day.

The Soup Kitchen has continued providing weekly meals throughout the pandemic. However, we have made important operational changes in order to safeguard the health of our guests, volunteers, and staff. To volunteer, contact Susan Melczer.

Learn More about the Soup Kitchen

Torah Readers

Reading Torah and Learning Cantillation

Chant Torah? Care to learn trope (cantillation)?

At our weekly Kahal Shabbat morning service Torah is read by a member of the community. Add your name to the list of those who are interested in reading. And if you wish to learn, check out our Adult Programming classes.

Contact the office to sign up for a Torah reading for Shabbat or offer to read Torah for the Holidays.

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