Social Action


Upcoming Events

To sign-up to be a participant or to make a donation for St. Baldrick’s – Click here


If you have at least 8 inches of hair you are interested in donating on May 11 which will then be made into a wig for Children With Hair Loss. Here’s the link to the form to download for CWHL, that’s all that needs to be done. Send in money if you want a t-shirt or hat or if you want to make a donation.



You can help this Syrian family!
This young family has overcome one obstacle after another. An article published by the Syrian Community Network spotlights the family


Contribute to their GoFundMe and share on your Social Media
We are subsidizing living expenses including monthly rent in their Skokie apartment. We also plan to pay for driving lessons (Ahmad & Hanaa already have their permits) and for a handicapped equipped van. Ahmad has a 90 minute compute each way to his job—taking 3 different trains. Driving will cut his commute to less than 30 minutes Any size gift will help. Here’s the link:

Drivers Needed
There are unlimited opportunities to get Ahmad and Hanaa to various appointments. The family uses public transportation. often where they need to go, they cannot get there using city buses or trains. If you have availability Monday-Friday to help please contact Marcia Thomsen [email protected] or 214.394.9432

Finding more affordable housing
Skokie is a wonderful community very immigrant friendly, with very good schools But expensive. The family is unable to sustain themselves with Skokie housing prices. We need to find an alternative location that has many of the same benefits as Skokie but is more affordable. Their current lease ends in August 2018 and we need help NOW researching alternative communities for them to resettle. Please contact Marcia Thomsen [email protected] or 214.394.9432 if you have interest in working on this project.

Driving lessons for Hanna
We are searching for an Arabic speaker who can teach Hanaa to drive, preferably a female. Do you know anyone who speaks Arabic, drives and has a car who can help her learn? We can pay for the lessons.






Volunteer Opportunities


Every last Sunday of the month from 12:30pm – 2:00pm.   Volunteer at the Beth Am Food Pantry

Pack bags and distribute food at the Beth Am Food Pantry.  The Food Pantry Is open to The public The last Sunday of every month from 1:00-2:00pm. Setup begins at 12:30pm.  Volunteers are needed!  Contact Jackie Beegun. Jackie can be reached at 847-912-6079 or e-mail her at [email protected]. With questions or to signup.   Many thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers!


Shelve donated food at the Beth Am Food Pantry. 

Volunteer to shelve donated food once a month when it is convenient for you. Please contact Jackie Beegun. Jackie can be reached at 847-912-6079 or e-mail her at [email protected] to schedule a specific week-of-the-month / day-of-the-week (example: 2nd Tuesday Or 3rd Thursday) when you can shelve donated food.



Other Ways You Can Help Repair The World


Donate food to the Beth Am Food Pantry. Please support the Food Pantry by donating any Kosher style non-perishable food item next time you come to Beth Am. Please check that the food item is not past the expiration-date. Thank you for your food donations!


Buy ‘Made In Israel’ Goods From Local Retailers.

Help the Israeli economy by purchasing ‘Made In Israel’ goods every time you shop.  For more information about where you can purchase ‘Made In Israel’ goods, Visit



How You Can Get Involved


Join The Mitzvah Committee: Join us in our quest to make a difference and bring social action into our everyday lives.  Our committee is open and we welcome new members.  For more information contact the temple office.


Social Justice: Would you like to see Beth Am get involved with social justice issues? Please contact Rabbi Bellows at [email protected].


Israel: Congregation Beth Am is a member of the North Suburban Coalition of Jewish Affairs (NSCJA).  Many synagogues In the area are members of NSCJA. The purpose of NSCJA is to organize and implement projects to benefit Israel.  Beth Am participated in the NSCJA book drive for Israel and now NSCJA is organizing and promoting BIG Feature. The NSCJA meets the 3rd Thursday evening of every month.  The meeting site rotates every month to different participating synagogues. If you would like to attend the NSCJA meetings with others from Beth Am and from other congregations, or if you would like to be involved with getting these programs up and running at Beth Am, then contact Rabbi Bellows at [email protected]..