the Hungry During the High Holidays
On Yom Kippur
we read of the Prophet Isaiah exhorting the congregation that merely giving up
food for a day was not a proper fast.
Rather a proper fast was to feed the hungry and cover the naked.
holidays we are offering our members and guests a chance to feed the hungry and
to help those struggling for a better life to help themselves.
membership in the interfaith group Central City Housing Ventures (CCHV) we have built a relationship with the
residents of The Studios,
an SRO in the south loop that provides not just a room but supportive services
to people struggling to overcome or avoid harmlessness.
work in very low wage or seasonal jobs and many literally run out of money and
need emergency food assistance at the end of the month. Makom Shalom is the
only synagogue in the interfaith group.
Each faith community takes a turn collecting food and other
necessities. We do our collection
at the High Holidays in order to have a “proper” fast.
good usable food,
Most needed items are: Rice and pasta with sauce, dried beans, hearty canned
soups and stews, individual size cans of meat, tuna or salmon, cold and hot
cereal or grits, peanut butter, bread and powdered milk. Cans of vegetables and
fruit are also needed, Items do not need to be kosher.
This year we
are also collecting flash drives and one day CTA passes to help the residents
help themselves. These can be used to help residents look for work.
If you are
comfortable handling money on the holidays we will also accept cash or checks
made to CCHV. For more information about CCHV contact Ina Marks at
firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the CCHV web site, www.cchvchicago.org.
May you all have
an easy fast and may we all make the lives of those who are struggling a little