Volunteer at the Rohingya Cultural Center in Rogers Park
Many of you know about the catastrophic genocide being perpetrated against the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The Jewish Rohingya Justice Network, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and the American Jewish World Service have all highlighted the plight of the Rohingya. You can learn more about the Jewish response to this tragedy and add your voice by visiting www.jewishpublicaffairs.org/Burma
We have an opportunity to help! The Beth Emet Social Action Committee has a new partnership with the Rohingya Cultural Center and volunteers are needed to work with moms and kids at the center starting in June. The two-year old center is a refuge for the 450 Rohingya families who have resettled in Chicago, offering much needed social services, tutoring and ESL classes. Their newest program is “First Steps,” geared to Rohingya moms with small children. The goal of the program is to teach best parenting skills, increase English for parent and child, and better prepare the children for school. Adult volunteers will work directly with the moms and children. The classes meet twice a week from 10:00 to 11:30 on Tu/Th starting June 19. You can volunteer for both or just one of the days and there will be a training session before class begins. The first meeting for volunteers will be Thursday, June 7 from 10:30 – 12:00
The class is building from scratch and needs toys and equipment. If you’d like to donate something, go to: https://www.amazon.com/baby-reg/rohingyaculture-center-april-2018-chicago/2KUTRIN2249C7 Items will be delivered directly to the Center.
Please contact Jessie Macdonald if you’re interested in volunteering with First Steps!
Shabbat Ushers and Welcomers
One of the wonderful ways in which Beth Emet members engage with congregational life is to serve as welcomers for Kabbalat Shabbat (Friday) services. By coming during the Oneg (which begins at 5:45 p.m.) and standing in the Foyer to welcome and encourage name tags for all, this serves as a wonderful way in which to build and strengthen our community. This is particularly important for guests/newer members/prospective members who are both checking us out and/or not sure of the minhag (traditions) at Beth Emet. If the door is “slow,” we often recommend circulating in the Crown Room for a bit to make sure that no one is by themselves.
To volunteer, please email or call 847-869-4230 ext. 301.
Shabbat Connections & Shiva Minyan Leaders
Volunteer for Shabbat Connections! Thanks to volunteers, our congregation has been able to prepare and deliver hundreds of meals to recipients in the congregation living with an illness, moving into a new home, welcoming a new baby, or mourning a loved one. Volunteers are also needed to be trained to lead shiva minyans. Learn more.
Do you consider yourself an amateur photographer (or like to take photos)? We're looking for a cadre of photographers we can occasionally call upon to take pictures at Beth Emet events so we can regularly post new images on the website, Facebook, in EmetMail, etc. If you are interested, please email Susan or phone her at 847-869-4230 ext. 300.
Beth Emet Soup Kitchen
From meal prep and clean up crew, to the security/host team, the Soup Kitchen relies on volunteers each Wednesday to help serve a hot meal to nearly a 100 guests. Can't committ to a Wednesday night? Bake a dessert! Learn more.