Tikkun Olam, ‘repairing the world’ is a cornerstone of Reform Judaism. An integral part of the on-going activities at Temple Sholom, our Social Action projects are constantly expanding, and working on these mitzvot is a wonderful way to meet other Temple members.
Projects and activities include a monthly Feed the Hungry Program working shoulder-to-shoulder to pack bag lunches for the homeless of Chicago; High Holy Days Food Drives; clothing drives; visiting senior residences to sing and bring cheer; discussions and actions that impact social policy issues locally and nationally. This is a congregant-driven volunteer program and new participants are always welcome! See our calendar page for specific dates.
Some Regular Social Action events include:
Feed the Hungry (on alternate Sundays throughout the year)
Assemble sandwiches and other healthy foods to be distributed to the hungry. This is a monthly program sponsored by Temple Sholom and several other area synagogues. Volunteers are needed for an hour (or less!). Contact Kevin at 773-435-1536 or Kevin@sholomchicago.org for more details.
Night Ministry (keep an eye out for dates)
Travel with Night Ministry Bus and join us in assisting Chicago’s under-served youth and adults in need.
We will prepare delicious food; then board the Night Ministry bus to serve others. Families (8th Grade
and up) are welcome. You don’t have to participate in both phases of the event. Just come help us cook, or join us after work as we distribute the food. To volunteer and for more information, contact Kevin at 773-435-1536 or Kevin@sholomchicago.org.
Duing holiday times, Temple Sholom partners with Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago to deliver 5000 food boxes to needy Jews who live in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Volunteers are often needed for packing nonperishable items in the food boxes and help is also needed for delivery. For more information check www.maotchitim.org or call the office at 847-674-3224. This is a great family project.
Environmental Movie Night
A new project for the social action/justice group features a film, a discussion and an action. Based on the theme of the movie, we will have a speaker and advice for actions that everyone can take as part of this program of tikkun olam, the healing of the world. We also promise to sell popcorn with the proceeds going to our tzedakah box collection. For more information please contact Kevin at at 773-435-1536 or Kevin@sholomchicago.org.