"A strong neighborhood should have a thriving business street," said Rabbi Tzvi Bider, executive director of Chicago Center for Torah and Chesed, which has been building and investing in West Rogers Park for 46 years. "The way to make that happen is for neighborhood residents to shop locally and support local merchants."
Studies have shown that when individuals and families shift a portion of their spending dollars to local merchants and away from big-box stores, especially around holiday times, the result is a positive impact on communities. Buying locally improves the local economy by keeping money in the neighborhood; it supports and creates local jobs, and it even promotes cleaner living by reducing carbon footprint.
In addition, buying locally helps to preserve the unique character of a neighborhood.
"If we want Devon to be Jewish, we must buy local," said JCCWRP Vice President Rabbi Leonard Matanky of Cong. KINS.
JCCWRP joins Ald. Debra Silverstein, the Chicago City Council, the Illinois General Assembly and many forward-thinking communities in Chicago in support of Buy Local campaigns.
For more information about Chicago's Buy Local efforts, visit http://www.eatdrinkbuylocal.org/.
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