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  • Ways to Address the Circumstances that led to, and stemmed from, the Death of George Floyd
  • Shopping/Delivery
  • Mask Making
  • Dorothy Day
  • Sholom Home Sunday
Some people have asked how they can help; below are some opportunities to assist others.

Take Action:

Donate Food or Other Supplies
BJUSY is starting an ongoing food/supply drive. Bring food items, toiletries, pet food, and household cleaning items to Beth Jacob Congregation. We will have barrels outside for your donations and we will direct them to organizations most in need at this time.
Diapers, Wipes, Masks
These items will be donated to immigrant communities through the International Institute.  Please drop them off on carts outside of Beth Jacob. For action item updates from the International Institute, contact keshapiro@gmail.com
The Division of Indian Works is in need of perishable items; support this effort by donating to Rabbi Tamar’s Tzedakah Fund, and she will place an order and have it delivered to them.
Be an Ally Against Racial Injustice
Hands-on Work
Look for opportunities for hands-on volunteering here at HandsOn Twin Cities.
Nechama: A Jewish Response to Disaster will keep their website and Facebook page updated as opportunities become available.
Donate Money
The Lake Street Council (501c3) has started a fund to help rebuild Lake Street, starting with direct support to small businesses and nonprofits to help them rebuild their storefronts, reopen their businesses and serve our neighborhoods.
The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
Talented and deserving young people need your support today. Your donation helps educate over 60,000 students at more than 1,100 schools.
NECHAMA’s Response work provides immediate services to disaster affected areas to help families in the first stage of the disaster recovery process. Their multifaceted Response Programs are focused on community reparation and laying the groundwork upon which future recovery efforts can be built and sustained.
Additional resources
Are you able to help shop for groceries or pick up prescriptions for people that are at higher risk, or willing to deliver Kiddush Kits or Havdalah Kits? Let Frances know!
Mask Making

You’ve got a sewing machine and time on your hands, we have populations who need face masks. We would love for you to make some masks to donate for residents at Sholom Home and for people experiencing homelessness.

Check out sewgoodgoods.org and videos on YouTube for ideas. Please drop off your masks at Beth Jacob in the bin outside.

For additional information, contact Frances at frances@beth-jacob.org or Cynthia Freedman at sigalfree09@gmail.com.
Dorothy Day
Our Dorothy Day volunteer program continues unabated! For details, join the email list at BJCFeedstheHungry@beth-jacob.org.
Sholom Home Sunday
A (small, appropriately distanced) group of people have been going to Sholom East to sing for the residents on Sundays at 3:30, for half an hour. Come to the parking lot, wear a mask, socially distance, and sing, using Sholom’s mobile sound system. It’s hard for people inside to hear, between the masks and the distance, but the waves are heartfelt. The residents can read big signs, and any sign of visual joy (Clowning around, a mini-play, stuff like that) would be a balm for the memory care folk. Most of the songs are simple songs from the memory care list. If you are interested in helping out, please feel free to attend!