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Jewish life, Milestones
June 18, 2020
8 minute read
Jewish life, volunteers
By Maot Chitim

We hope this finds you hunkered down and healthy!  We thought we would take this time and give you an update on our Passover 2020 “Delivery.” THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts, for your support and generosity during this unusual time in our organization.  Without your help we would have not been able switch […]

April 17, 2020
Jewish Holidays, Jewish life
By Maot Chitim

We celebrated Rosh Hashanah in September, New Years in January, and we just celebrated the “new year of the trees,” also known as Tu Bishvat. A long time ago, this holiday signaled the start of the agricultural cycle. Today, Tu Bishvat has morphed into a nature appreciation day celebrated by planting trees and eating fruit. […]

February 18, 2020
Delivery, Events
By Maot Chitim

Tu B’shvat: the New Year for Trees Tu B’shvat takes place on the 15th of the month of Shevat. (February 10, 2020).  A minor Jewish holiday, it is often referred to as the “new year” or “birthday” of the trees. Its customs are simplistic, however, it’s meaning can be quite monumental. We’re Jewish, Therefore We Eat! […]

February 05, 2020
Jewish life
By Maot Chitim

It’s hard to believe it, but we’re already getting ready for Thanksgiving. We’re all about celebrating holidays at Maot Chitim, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate a holiday than to practice gratitude. These are just a few of the things that we’re giving thanks for this Thanksgiving.  1. The Chicagoland Jewish […]

November 12, 2019
Jewish Holidays, volunteers
By Maot Chitim

Who said resolutions are only for the calendar new year? The Jewish new year is the perfect time to make a new positive habit or quit an old negative one, especially since it coincides with the beginning of pre-existing routines like the school year. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your resolution, you’ve come […]

October 07, 2019
Delivery, volunteers
By Maot Chitim

Why do people volunteer? The obvious answer: people volunteer because they want to help other people from the bottom of their hearts. The not-so-obvious answer: the volunteers themselves experience a wealth of personal benefits. Here are five surprising things benefits volunteers gain from their service: 1.New friends Making friends is even easier for volunteers because […]

September 06, 2019
Jewish life
By Maot Chitim

Most Jewish holidays are a cause for celebration. Usually, there’s lots of food involved. Tisha B’av, often described as the saddest day of the Jewish year, is an exception. It commemorates a series of tragedies that all happened to fall on the 9th day of Av, which falls on August 10th this year. To name a few, the destruction […]

August 01, 2019
Delivery, volunteers
By Maot Chitim

There was a time in my youth where the phrase “community service” only signified some kind of mandated punishment. To me, there was no benefit that I would experience from doing volunteer work. I felt that the only people benefiting from this activity were either the people who would receive the fruits of my labor, […]

July 18, 2019
Jewish life
By Maot Chitim

When Jewish immigrants started flowing into the US in the early 20th century, summer camps were created with the intention of assimilating the immigrant children to American culture. More than a century later, Jewish camps have evolved into a place for kids to discover their Jewish identities while having fun and making lifelong friendships. Jewish values […]

July 15, 2019