Beth Emet - The Free Synagogue

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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Each year the Tzedakah Fund supports causes, organizations, and projects that promote justice, equality, and social well-being. With the congregation's support of the Tzedakah Fund, including donating at our twice-yearly Tzedakah box collections, donations were made to the following organizations:  

Spring 2020

Literacy Works. Located in Chicago, this organization’s mission is to advance equity by promoting literacy education. To accomplish this mission, Literacy Works trains nearly 1,000 professionals and volunteer literacy tutors each year who, in turn, provide services to an estimated 10,000 adult learners most of whom are low-income and limited English proficient. Our grant will be used to help fund a new financial literacy training series. This series will provide four financial literacy courses to adult literacy practitioners so that they can implement their own training to students within their programs.

Interfaith Action of Evanston. This organization brings people of diverse faiths and shared values together to serve hungry and homeless people, engages in advocacy, and promotes social justice. Major programs include a daily hospitality center, winter warming centers, four weekly soup kitchens, co-sponsorship of monthly, mobile food distribution, and an emergency overnight shelter (EOS). Our grant will help fund an expansion of EOS capacity from 35 to 40 people and, in collaboration with Evanston’s Department of Health and Human Services, an alternate site during severe weather emergencies when more than 40 people seek shelter.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. For decades, St. Mark’s of Evanston has provided a welcoming place for the homeless and hungry by providing space for Interfaith Action’s hospitality center which is open Monday through Friday, 52 weeks per year. Last year, more than 1,300 guests received hospitality, including lunch, computer instruction, and job counseling. St. Mark’s intends to use the Tzedakah grant to help fund the repair and remodel of the hospitality center’s restrooms, including providing accessible space for their disabled clients.

Ani Shlishi. This organization, based in Tel Aviv and operated by former Beth Emet congregant, David Baskin, provides opportunities for self-advancement and meaningful employment to Israel’s at-risk Jewish and Arab young people. Ani Shlishi collects gently worn clothes for resale at two thrift store locations in Israel and provides staff with marketable retail and customer services skills. Sales revenue also funds vocational scholarships for its sales staff who have limited opportunities to learn a trade. The Tzedakah grant will be used to defray general operating expenses.

Youth Job Center. This Evanston-based organization provides in-school youth (in partnership with six area high schools, including ETHS) and out-of-school youth, with career and job counseling and connects young people to positive first job experiences with the goal of placing their clients on a career path toward economic self-sufficiency. The Youth Job Center will use the Tzedakah grant to defray general operating expenses.


Spring 2019
Random Acts of Flowers Chicago
The Kindness Connection
The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
Connections for the Homeless
Connections for the Homeless
Family Matters 

Spring 2018
Center for Enriched Living
Center or Independent Futures
Centro Romero
pdfCurt's Cafe South 
pdfPark School PTA
Rohingya Culture Center

Fall 2017
YWCA Evanston/Northshore

Spring 2017
Center for Enriched Living
Center for Independent Futures
Family Matters
Beth Emet Soup Kitchen

Fall 2016
Curt's Cafe
YWCA Evanston/Northshore
Connections for the Homeless
Moran Center for Youth Advocacy

Spring 2016 
Center for Enriched Living
Center for Independent Futures
Evanston School Children's Clothing Association (ESCCA)
Family Matters
NCJW's Luggage for Freedom

Fall 2015
Angles Reproductive Health Care Clinic (aka Links)
Curt's Cafe

Spring 2015
Center for Independent Futures
Connections for the Homeless

Fall 2014
New Foundation (aka Turning Point)

Spring 2014
Housing Options for the Mentally Ill in Evanston
Links (aka Angles Reproductive Healthcare Center)
Literature for Us All
Maot Chitim
Normal Moments
Beth Emet Soup Kitchen
Tri-Con Childcare Center
YWCA Evanston/Northshore

Fall 2013
American Red Cross, Disaster Relief
Connections for the Homeless
Evanston School Children's Clothing Association (ESCCA)
Family Matters
Grace House
Interfaith House
UAHC, Disaster Relief

Spring 2013
Literature for Us All
New Foundation (aka Turning Point)
Tri-Con Childcare Center
YWCA Evanston/Northshore

 

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