Giving, at Sinai, involves head, heart, hands – and, occasionally, our wallets. Here are some additional ways we practice tzedakah:
During the High Holy Day season, we collect kosher canned goods which are donated to The Ark which provides free social and medical services to help distressed members of our Chicagoland Jewish family return to self-reliance.
In December, we collect non-perishables goods for donation. In addition our congregation has a toy gift drive for children.
In partnership with our Make Yourself More Sunday program on homelessness we collaborate with a local nonprofit and at their request collect specific goods and foodstuffs which are packed in a Citypak. In 2014 we partnered with The Night Ministry Bus and packed 100 Citypak backpacks with mittens, hats and non-perishable snacks.
Through Sinai's Community Concerns Fund (CCF), monetary donations are made to specific organizations. To ensure that donations create the most effective outcomes, the CCF aligns donations with our priorities of poverty/education, the environment and seniors/health care, with the intent of creating long-term, meaningful partnerships.
Sinai's Community Concerns Fund contributes to neighborhood organizations, as well as nationally and internationally. None of your funds are used for operating expenses; 100 percent goes directly to providing goods and services.
Blessings in a Backpack, Jenner School, RefugeeOne, Teen Living Program
The Ark; Career Transitions Center of Chicago; Chicago Coalition for the Homeless; Childlink; Citypak; Deborah's Place; Fourth Presbyterian Food Program; Greater Chicago Food Depository; Goldie's Place; Faith in Place; Hirsch High School; Lakeview Pantry; Kedzie Mental Healthcare; National Rebuilding Day; and Shalva
Illinois Council against Handguns; Jewish Vocational Services; Planned Parenthood
Mazon; Religions Action Center of Reform Judaism; Just Congregation
American Jewish Committee; American Jewish World Services; New Israel Fund; Tambov Yad'l Yad