Bnei Ruven Community Services

Despite reports of healing, the devastating effects of the economic crisis continue to reverberate throughout our community.  Our synagogue, Congregation Bnei Ruven, remains dedicated to the continued betterment of our broader community through programs that directly assist families and individuals in need REGARDLESS OF AGE, RACE, OR RELIGION:

Bnei Ruven Aid Association: Assistance for Local Impoverished

Headed by Rabbi Baruch Hertz, our Aid Association provides monetary assitance, food, and clothing to those experiencing financial distress due to a job loss, medical condition, or other extenuating circumstances beyond their control.  Our goal is to help these people get back on their feet so they may become healthy and productive members of our community.

In addition to raising funds throughout the year with charity boxes placed within prominent local establishments throughout our community, we designate a portion of all funds raised through general donations and special events for our Aid Association program.  The level of assistance we are able to provide is handled on a case by case basis with care, confidentiality, and sensitivity to preserving the dignity of those in need and so as not to discourage future requests for help.

If you are in need and would like to submit a request for assistance, please call (773) 743-5434.

**Please note that we receive a large number of requests every week, and we are doing everything we can to keep up given limited funds.  We strive not to turn down any person in need.  If you are able to help us give someone in our community a hand up today, please click here and type "Aid" in the comment box or mail a check payable to Congregation Bnei Ruven (with "Aid" in the memo line) to 6350 N. Whipple St., Chicago, IL  60659.  Every cent helps.

Shifrah & Puah Meal Services: Meals for Mothers and Families with Newborns

Coordinated by Mrs. Leah Moscowitz, our Shifrah & Puah Meal Services Program provides prepared meals for mothers and families with newborns.  Throughout the year our dedicated team of volunteers prepares and delivers meals directly to homes in need.

If you are an expectant mother who would like to submit a request, please call (773) 743-5434 and please let us know your due date.

Counseling Services:  Help for Those in Crisis

Rabbi Baruch Hertz offers counseling services to families, children, couples, and individuals in our community who are in emotional or relational crisis regardless of religious background or affiliation.

Please call (773) 743-5434 to make an appointment.  All cases are handled with complete confidentiality and discretion.

**Please dial 911 for immediate emergency.  Appointment requests will be returned within 48 hours.