Once a year, Temple Sholom’s Social Justice committee organizes a Temple-wide “Mitzvah Day” known as Olam Ha Mitzvot. Volunteer your time on Sunday, April 21st and join others in our community in the pursuit of Tikkun Olam (healing the world).
At Olam HaMitzvot - see our Booth on Temple Sholom's Partnership with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - an organization that fosters orphaned Elephants and Rhinos for rehabilitation and release into the wild.
Volunteer at Olam HaMitzvot (15th Annual “Day of Good Deeds”)
Healing the Planet & Feeding the Hungry
(And see below for information on the Lunchtime Panel of Speakers.)
Sunday, April 21
On this day congregants and friends have an opportunity to choose from a variety of volunteer and educational opportunities in the community. There are volunteer activities for those of all ages and abilities, giving everyone a chance to come together in the spirit of giving. Families have a great opportunity to teach their children about the value and rewards of giving to those in need. For some, a one-day activity can grow into a life-long commitment. This year, our theme is Environmental and Food Justice. Many of our popular volunteer opportunities from years past are returning, as well as some new ones that focus on greening Chicago. Please sign up for as many activities as you would like at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F44ADAD29A13-olam2!
If you have any questions, please call Kevin Gladish at 773-435-1536. Or email email@example.com.
Olam HaMitzvot Speakers:
Jill Zenoff, founder of the Gan Project; Robert Nevel, founder of “Food and Justice Sustainability Program” at KAMII/consultant on Gan Emunah-Garden of Faith; Bruce Ratain, Acting Director, Environment Illinois
Sunday, April 21, 12:15 p.m. Lunch, 12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
On Sunday, join us for a panel discussion on food sustainability and other green initiatives. The event will feature:
Chicago architect, Robert Nevel, the founder of the 2011 Fain Award winning “Food Justice and Sustainability Program” at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation in Chicago, IL. An active member of KAM Isaiah Israel’s Board of Trustees and the Chairman of its Social Justice Committee, Robert is passionate about transforming unproductive urban landscapes into food producing micro-farms. He was also an invaluable consultant on Temple Sholom’s Gan Emunah-Garden of Faith.
Jill Zenoff, Founder and Executive Director of the Gan Project, is a Jewish environmental educator, farmer, and Chef. As a social and environmental justice organization, The Gan Project nourishes, protects, and celebrates Jewish life through the cultivation of soil and community. Jill was an 2008 Adamah Fellow at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, a 2009 intern on Henry’s Farm in Congerville Il, and is a Chicago native. She started growing food in 2006, has been cooking professionally siSunday, April 21, Volunteer opportunities begin at 9:00 a.m.
Bruce Ratain directs Environment Illinois and helped pass historic clean energy provisions in the Illinois State Legislature in late 2011. Bruce’s current campaigns include protecting our state from harms associated with high volume, hydraulic fracturing (fracking), protecting Lake Michigan from industrial waste, and advocating federal policies to regulate global warming pollution.