Volunteer to aid refugees and immigrants


Sinai Congregation strives to improve the quality of life of refugees in Chicago by partnering with RefugeeOne, an organization that creates opportunities for refugees fleeing war, terror, and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance.  We are committed to help refugees become independent, self-supporting members of their new Chicago community. It is an opportunity to truly live the words of our faith:

“You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:19

In 2016, we joined with RefugeeOne, a non-profit refugee resettlement agency that provides services to refugees and to volunteers. Every year, RefugeeOne assists over 2,500 refugees of all ages, ethnic groups, faiths, and backgrounds. With the influx of refugees from Ukraine, Afghanistan and Central American countries, the need has never been greater. There are many opportunities to help. If you are interested in getting involved or learning more, please contact Barbara Cohen.

Pilsen Food Pantry

The Pilsen Food Pantry was founded by the Figueroa Wu Family Foundation in 2018. The pantry is an extension of the Foundation’s mission to bring anti-poverty services into areas of unmet need. The pantry has four employees and is supported by many volunteers, including students, health professionals from the nearby Illinois Medical district, and many community members. The pantry is involved in extensive mutual aid to the south, west, and southwest side, including the Love Fridge, Food Not Bombs, Gage Park Community Council, Instituto Del Progreso Latino, and UIC COM Chicago Street Medicine. For Volunteer opportunities or to learn more about this partnership, you can check out their website or contact Barbara Cohen at barbaragloriasinai@gmail.com.

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