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The Love Fridge 

 

We are excited to announce a partnership with The Love Fridge, which is a Chicago-based mutual aid initiative created to fight food insecurity by placing community refrigerators across the city. Our fridge will be located outside of our building on Hyde Park Boulevard.

Below are all the ways that you can get involved! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Love Fridge Liaison, Yael Hoffman, at hoffman.yael@gmail.com.

Become a community fridge manager

If you are interested in supporting this important mutual aid effort, please sign up to be a community fridge manager! We are in need of folks to make sure that our fridge is stocked with compliant items and clean. Fridge managers will sign up to maintain the fridge in one-week increments (Sunday-Saturday). Fridge managers will be expected to visit our fridge 2-3 times per week so that the fridge is never left empty. 
Sign up now! 

Donate food to our Love Fridge

You can donate any of the following items by dropping them off at the fridge at your convenience:

  • Sealed packaged foods 
  • Cheeses
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Table sauces
  • Pastry
  • Bread
  • Unopened pasteurized milk and yogurt
  • Unopened fruit juices
  • Fresh eggs (with a use-by date)
  • Cured meats (in a sealed container with a use-by date)

Donate to support keeping the fridge stocked

You can make a monetary donation to help support our partnerships with local grocers. Donate now through our online payment portal and select "Love Fridge Donations" as the payment type!

 Community Partnerships

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.

 

Covid-19: Find support and provide support to others

Important: If you need help with food or other essential items, please contact our Chesed Committee chair so we can help.

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.  Continue to support our efforts with the Hyde Park Refugee Project.
  4. Provide support to the greater community through the University of Chicago South Side Support Initiatives  

 

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

Tue, January 18 2022 16 Shevat 5782