Justice for Women Group


Let's WERQ for Selah Freedom*!
WERQ is a wildly addictive dance fitness class based on pop and hip hop music!
The energy is contagious! Join us to dance and do good at the same time!

Sunday, September 10
3:00 to 4:20 p.m.
Northbrook JCC – Lustbader Center (300 Revere Drive, Northbrook) 

The registration fee is $20 in advance or $25 at the door (cash only).
ALL proceeds from this event will benefit Selah Freedom's home for trafficked women, being prepared in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
They have a MATCHING GRANT, so 100% of the proceeds will be doubled!! 


*Selah Freedom is a nonprofit organization dedicated to confronting the issue of sex trafficking and explotation by providing education and training throughout the country, as well as teen prevention, outreach, and safe housing in the Midwest and Southeast regions of the United States. 

For more information about the event, contact Julie Newman (jnewman1216@gmail.com).
To register, go to: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/selfrein/event/784730/.

Help Needed for Monthly Pick-Up or Delivery of Donated Toiletries
for JCAST/DreamCatcher in Wilmette and Northbrook
Volunteers will be responsible for picking up items from 3 North Shore sites, storing at home, and coordinating meeting times with DreamCatcher to deliver items, usually at Encore & More in Wilmette. Volunteers can sort items collected and assemble bags prior to delivery (optional but greatly appreciated). There is an opportunity to grow this program and arrange collection/packing events, too! If you can help out about once a month, please contact Beth at bbgordon1@gmail.com.   Here's some info: 


The Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago partners with The DreamCatcher Foundation to collect needed items for youth and women who are trafficked, prostituted or at-risk in Chicago. Each month, at least 300 bags are distributed, and they are in need of year-round supplies for street survival bags and prevention. JCAST Chicago would love to find groups to fill this need for each month of the year. If you or your organization would consider organizing a collection drive or a packing program, please let us know. 

Items are collected year-round at several drop-off locations (see below), or contact us to arrange a pick-up.


Street Dignity Bag Packing List: These items are needed in small, travel sizes. One of each item can be packed in a gallon ziploc “street survival” bag or donated in bulk: toothbrush & toothpaste, hand sanitizer, hand lotion, tissues, granola or power bar, $5 McDonald’s gift cards, gallon Ziploc bag.

Prevention Bag Packing List: Please include one of each regular sized product for teen-aged girls living in at-risk communities. These items may be packed in a tote bag and donated in bulk: shampoo, liquid body soap, bar soap, deodorant, lotion or moisturizer, perfumed body spray, gift or tote bag.

*Bulk items, hotel toiletries and gift cards to McDonalds ($5), Target, Dollar Store, CVS or Walgreens (any amount) are always welcome*

The following collection sites will accept items throughout the year:

Encore & More (1107 Central Ave, Wilmette – M-Sa 10 am – 5 pm)
Hadassah Resale (405 Lake-Cook Rd, Deerfield – M-F 10 am – 5 pm and Su 12-4 pm)
Hadassah Office (60 Revere Dr, Suite 800, Northbrook – M-F 8:30 am – 4:30 pm)
Temple Sholom (3480 N Lake Shore Dr, Stratford Entrance – M-F 9 am-6 pm and Sa-Su 9-11 am)


If you have questions, please contact
Beth Gordon at bbgordon1@gmail.com or
Donna Fishman at donnafishman16@gmail.com

Hakafa’s Justice for Women group is dedicated to learning about the challenges, inequities, and oppression experienced by women and girls locally and around the world, and in taking action and advocating for their empowerment. Both women and men are encouraged to participate in Hakafa’s Justice for Women programs.

In 2015, Hakafa became the first official congregational member of the Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago.

For more information about the work of JCAST Chicago, go to www.jcastchicago.org.
For more information about Hakafa’s Justice for Women group, please contact Heather Ross.