Tikkun Olam (Social Action)
Shir Hadash recently launched its new Tikkun Olam initiative, designed to encourage families and our congregation as a whole to participate together in social action.
At our first event, we created care packages for women and children at domestic violence shelters. More than 1,000 toiletries were donated, and they will be distributed by Luggage for Freedom. We filled 235 bags with personal care items, and the bags were given a personal touch by drawing pictures and writing messages on them. We hope they will bring joy as well as provide necessities to those enduring difficult times.
Several times a year, our members step forward to help those in need. Sometimes we just provide helping hands and other times we each bring a meal and serve all who come. This is a great chance for the whole family to help those less fortunate in our community.
High Holiday Food Baskets for Needy Jewish Families
Every year, Shir Hadash joins with Maot Chitim of Greater Chicagoland to help them pack and deliver High Holiday food baskets for needy Jewish families all over the Chicago area. There are two volunteer opportunities, either packing food boxes or delivering them. Packing usually takes place on a Sunday at the end of August. Delivery of food packages takes place on a Sunday at the beginning of September. In 2012, we are delivering to the Buffalo Grove/Wheeling area. We will be delivering 105 food packages, which will be in large boxes weighing approximately 20 lbs. each. We deliver to several large complexes and use a rental truck to transport the boxes.
Annual Blood Drive
Every year, Shir Hadash partners with LifeSource to donate 30 pints of blood and platelets to ensure our community has the life saving blood for those in need.
Every year, our school comes out with parents, teachers, and the children to do our part and repair the world…just a little bit. In past years, we have volunteered at animal shelters, played bingo at nursing homes, collected and packaged books for underprivileged children, made sandwiches for firefighters, and participated in many other activities. Recently we scheduled Yom Tikkun Olam to coincide with Earth Day. We met at The Grove in Glenview to planted tree seedlings. Our goal was to plant dozens of burr oak saplings. The burr oak is a tough but majestic tree. Kids and adults alike took turns digging in the earth. Rabbi Eitan led us in a prayer for Yom Tikkun Olam. It was a great way to celebrate Earth Day!
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