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Volunteer Opportunities

View a current list of committee chairs, liaisons, coordinators, and hosts.
Please see below for specific tasks for which we need volunteers
with links to sign up right from this page!

Hakafa is a not just a congregation, but an encirclement of friends joined together for many reasons -- worship, study, social action, and community to name just a few. It is because of the efforts of everyone in the encirclement that we are able to create and sustain the activities and spirit that is Hakafa. Your involvement makes our encirclement a stronger, richer, and more sacred place. 
Our congregation relies upon the active participation of all our members. Membership participation is one of the defining characteristics of our congregation. We all participate at Hakafa in different ways---but in order to make our community work, we require the efforts of more than just a few. There are so many ways to give of your time.

Please review the opportunities below, visit the sign-up links,
or contact the coordinator to volunteer.

An oneg, hosted by members of the congregation, follows services every Friday night throughout the year. Hosting a Friday evening oneg is a nice way to celebrate a bar/bat mitzvah, birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion with the congregation. It is also a nice way to honor the memory of a loved one on his/her yahrzeit. Responsibilities include bringing the food/drinks for the oneg, coming to services early to set-up, and staying afterwards to clean-up. Detailed instructions will be provided.

Click here to sign up to host a Friday evening oneg OR contact Suzanne/Rick Shore or Ilene Holt-Turner.


On the second Sunday of each month, our congregation has the responsibility of providing & serving a meal for approximately 170 men, women, & children at A Just Harvest in Chicago, just north of Howard Street. 10-15 volunteers are needed from 4:15 to 6:30 PM each month. Children must be at least 7 years old, with a maximum of four children ages 7-12 at each session. Please note that our congregational tzedakah covers the cost of the main dish, & other food costs are shared by the volunteer families (scholarships available). Detailed instructions will be provided approx. 10 days before your date.

Click here to sign up to volunteer with Hakafa at A Just Harvest one month OR contact Monique Parsons or Debbie Charen.


Each year, our congregation celebrates one Friday night Shabbat together, offering every congregation member the opportunity to dine and share the evening at another member’s home. In order for “Shabbat in the Home” to succeed, 15 families are needed to open up their homes for this pot-luck event. This year’s “Shabbat in the Home” will take place on Friday evening, March 13, 2020.

If you have any questions, or If you are interested in hosting this year, click here to sign up or contact Debbie Fogel. You can also contact Debbie for more information.


Congregation members take turns each Sunday that there is Religious School providing coffee and breakfast snacks for adults between the morning service and adult education sessions. Volunteers are needed to provide drinks/food (Hakafa can reimburse you for a portion of it.), set it up by 9:45 a.m., and clean it up at noon.

Click here to sign up to provide Sunday morning coffee/snacks on a Sunday OR contact Julie Tag or Vicky/Adam Hartstein.


Every Religious School Sunday, two volunteers are needed to spend 45 minutes (11:30 am-12:15 pm) slicing bagels, putting them on platters, setting out cream cheese, cleaning up, and putting supplies away. Detail instructions will be provided.


Click here to sign up to help with Sunday morning bagels
OR contact Laura Glick


We thank the many Hakafa members who give generously of their time
as committee chairs, liaisons, coordinators, and hosts.

View a current list of committee chairs, liaisons, coordinators, and hosts.

All Hakafa members are invited to be part of any committee
or help coordinate any event or activity.

If you are interested in getting involved with any of these opportunities, please contact the person listed. If you see a blank space in the chart, and this is something you would be willing to coordinate, please contact Nancy Goodman

Sun, January 29 2023 7 Sh'vat 5783