The Social Action Committee focuses on activities that involve a direct person-to-person connection and that exemplify gemilut chasadim, acts of loving kindness. There is much that we can do to help those individuals in our community who are suffering as a result of policies of injustice. In 2018, the Social Action Committee hosted educational events related to issues around immigration and sanctuary and partnered with the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants (ICDI) to provide direct support to individuals who are being released from detention. The committee also worked with the Rohingya Cultural Center in Rogers Park to develop and implement an ongoing “mom and tot” class. Another notable event was an intergenerational volunteer project that occurred over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend where congregants ages five to over 70 made care packages for hospitalized youth while discussing the meaning of community and the importance of service. Additionally, the committee began to explore the intersection of Jewish values and environmental issues. Members also represented Beth Emet in other community forums such as the Police Accountability Task Force, Joining Forces for Affordable Housing, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA), and Connections for the Homeless.
The committee will be meeting on the first Sunday of the month (no meeting in January, April, or May 2019) through the end of the year at Beth Emet. New committee members are welcome at any time during the year! This is a great venue to find out about existing volunteer opportunities and share new ideas- we want to hear from you! Reach out to Jessie Macdonald or Lisa Levine with any questions.