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Covid-19: Ways to support the community

Many of you have asked how you can  help our own Rodfei Zedek community and the broader community beyond the reach of our individual networks. Here are some important ways you can help:

  1.  Rabbi Minkus has money specifically ear-marked for those in the community who are in need of rent-assistance, groceries or other basic needs. If you know of someone in need or you are in need, please reach out to him. All conversations are strictly confidential. You can contribute to this discretionary fund online through our payment portal. Enter "Rabbi's discretionary fund" in the Payment Notes section of the form.
  2.  Give to the Greater Chicago Food Depository,  which supports at least one of the food pantries in Hyde Park.
  3.  Give to the Friends of Bret Harte Elementary School,  which is fund-raising to support remote learning for its students
  4.  Continue to support our efforts with the Hyde Park Refugee Project.
  5.  Join a CSA (community supported agriculture) and get a weekly produce box. Rodfei Zedek has offered its support, and parking lot, to Green Acres Farm to be a drop-off point for their CSA.This is a wonderful farm that provides produce for many of the best restaurants in Chicago, yet their farm is in great need of business with restaurants shuttering. This is a tangible, direct and healthy (tasty too) way of helping. Learn more and consider joining this CSA
  6. Provide support to the greater community through the University of Chicago South Side Support Initiatives  


Ongoing Social Action Programs

Within the Congregation

Be present to say Hineni, “I am here,” for one another.  Email our Chesed Committee if you are in need of help with food shopping or other needs, or to get involved and offer help to other congregants.  To help with meals, you can also contact our Meal Train directly.

Out in the Community

Local Jewish organizations and  other Hyde Park organizations 

Spotlight on some groups our members participate in:

Hyde Park Refugee Project.  Formed in October 2016, the Hyde Park Refugee Project is a network of supporters and institutional partners (including Rodfei Zedek) that helps refugee families who have experienced war, terror and persecution to build a new life of safety, dignity and self-reliance in Hyde Park.  We can help in several ways—by providing employment leads, donating household items, tutoring both adults and children, and providing early childhood enrichment.  Learn more about volunteering or financial support.

RefugeeOne.  The largest resettlement agency in Illinois, RefugeeOne creates opportunity for refugees fleeing war, terror, and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self‑reliance.

Ma'ot Chitim.  Members and children annually help in the delivery of Ma'ot Chitim (food packages) for the High Holy Days and Passover.  If you're in good shape and are looking around for a new mitzvah to take on, consider volunteering with Ma'ot Chitim of Greater Chicago.  Drivers always needed.

Hyde Park & Kenwood Interfaith Council.  Founded in 1911, the Hyde Park & Kenwood Interfaith Council is among the oldest interfaith organizations in the nation.  It is an association of religious and spiritual communities, seminaries, and services organizations which intentionally cooperate to foster just and compassionate relationships and interconnectedness.

Bret Harte Partnership.  Some Rodfei Zedek members have connections with our local elementary school, Bret Harte, a school of 380 students, with many coming from low-income families. Get involved through the Friends of Bret Harte group.  

Food Justice Program. Organized by KAM Isaiah Israel

"Listen to Me, you who pursue justice (rodfei zedek), you who seek the Lord."
  —Isaiah 51:1

Fri, October 30 2020 12 Cheshvan 5781