Collections & Contributions

Sinai Plans Ongoing Hurricane Support 

we will not stand idly by

In immediate response to Hurricane Harvey, Chicago Sinai Congregation’s Community Concerns Fund has made a donation via the Union for Reform Judaism to Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, TX which is providing housing and meals to those who have been impacted by the storm and are in need of a place to stay. In October, another donation from our Community Concerns Fund – collected during the High Holy Days – will be directed to Houston.

And in 2018, our annual Spring social action service trip will target areas in Texas, emphasizing volunteering where we can make the greatest difference (more information will come later this year). As a Jewish community, we are commanded by our tradition not to stand idly by while our neighbors suffer. Certainly, with the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey, we are called upon to respond. 

Some options for supporting our neighbors in Houston:


Collections

Giving, at Sinai, involves head, heart, hands – and, occasionally, our wallets. Here are some additional ways we practice tzedakah:

Mitzvah Weekend Collections for Soldiers

Fall/High Holy Day Drive

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.

December/Chanukah Drive

In December, we collect non-perishables goods for donation. In addition our congregation has a toy gift drive for children.

Special Collections

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.  We continue to partner with The Night Ministry Bus.

Contributions

Community Concerns Fund (CCF)

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.

Sinai Initiatives

Blessings in a Backpack, Jenner School, RefugeeOne, Teen Living Program

Local/Grassroots

The Ark; Career Transitions Center of Chicago; Chicago Coalition for the Homeless; Childlink; Citypak; Deborah's Place; Expanded Mental Health Services; 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; Shalva; and United Power

State

Illinois Council against Handguns; Jewish Vocational Services; Planned Parenthood

National

Mazon; Religions Action Center of Reform Judaism; Just Congregation

International

American Jewish Committee; American Jewish World Services; New Israel Fund; Tambov Yad'l Yad

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