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:
Union for Reform Judaism (URJ): How the Reform Movement is Responding to Hurricane Harvey
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF): Response to Hurricane Harvey
National Public Radio (NPR): Here's How You can Help People Affected by Harvey
Giving, at Sinai, involves head, heart, hands – and, occasionally, our wallets. Here are some additional ways we practice tzedakah:
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.
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. We continue to partner with The Night Ministry Bus.