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1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe, IL 60022847.835.0724
Operation Backpack
Sunday in August 2023

North Shore Congregation Israel

Sign up for a specific 20-minute time slot
to pack school supplies for students
of Chicago’s Jordan Community School.
Great for all ages & stages!
For those interested in making this your Mitzvah Project, consider fundraising to help offset the cost of school supplies by making an online donation HERE (under "Type" scroll down to "Operation Backpack Fund"). Our annual fundraising goal for Operation Backpack is $18,000. Thank you!

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Why support operation Backpack?



Dear Friends,


There are nearly 500 students who attend Jordan Community School in Chicago, with almost 500 different stories of family problems and living conditions that impact daily life. In some cases, just surviving is a triumph. But there is one common thread connecting them all: Education is a key that will unlock their best potential for growth and a happy life. 
You may be thinking, “What can I possibly do to help?” Most importantly right now, please consider donating to support Operation Backpack. With your assistance we will be able to provide each of Jordan’s 500 students with a personalized, individually wrapped package of school supplies for them to start the year with the tools they need to thrive in school.


We are proud that this program has no administrative costs! Volunteers do all the purchasing and planning, and North Shore Congregation Israel handles the financial administration without charge. EVERY DOLLAR RECEIVED BENEFITS THE CHILDREN.


In recent years, your generosity also allowed us to create an ENRICHMENT PROGRAM, providing mind-opening experiences at the Field Museum, Lyric Opera, Shedd Aquarium, Omni Theater, Nature Preserves, and other nearby cultural landmarks. 


We are grateful for your support of Operation Backpack in the past, and ask you to continue your support by making a tax-deductible financial contribution. Please make your check payable to North Shore Congregation Israel, and write “Operation Backpack” in the memo field. Mail your donation to North Shore Congregation Israel, 1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe, IL 60022. You may also donate online to NSCI’s Operation Backpack Fund at


Thank you for your generosity and partnership in supporting Jordan’s wonderful students.



Lois E. Scheyer, Program Founder and Co-Chair                                       

Chadd Berkun, Program Co-Chair

Mara Berkun, Program Co-Chair

Rabbi Ryan Daniels


Fri, December 2 2022 8 Kislev 5783