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Tikkun Olam


There are many ways to get involved and volunteer in social justice efforts at Temple Sholom! 

Tikkun Olam, meaning “repairing the world,” is a cornerstone of Reform Judaism. An integral part of the on-going activities at Temple Sholom, our Sholom Justice projects are constantly expanding, and working on these mitzvot is a wonderful way to meet other Temple members. New participants are always welcome! 


For more information about any of our Sholom Justice efforts and event, please contact Toby at or 773-435-1536.

Check out our Racial Justice Resource List

Join Us As We Welcome A Refugee Family!


It's been a few years since we welcomed our first Refugee Family, and we knew it was time to do it again! Temple Sholom is off the waiting list and is set to welcome a family a family of 6 from Syria (mom, dad, son-10, Daughters- 9, 4, 2) and there is lots to do. Please visit our Refugee Family page for all the ways you can get involved and help us welcome our family to the Temple Sholom Community and Chicago.

Temple Sholom Programs

Temple Sholom’s Monday Meal Mitzvah 

Traditionally the Monday Meal takes place almost every Monday during the year and allows guests to dine restaurant style. Due to COVID-19, we have changed our plans to be the “New” Monday Meal for the time being. Each week, bag meals are assembled and handed out to our guests as to-go meals. Each item of the meal is generously donated. Meals that are leftover over, and donated to Northside Housing. If you are interested in donating items, please contact Toby at for more information.  

If you would like to contribute items to the meal, please click here. If you would like to volunteer for the meal, please click here.

Feed the Hungry 

Every 2nd and 5th Sundays of the month, volunteers make sandwiches and take them to a Church on the West Side for those in need. In the past, FTH took place at Temple or at someone’s home if the building was closed. Our newly improved program will allow you the opportunity to sponsor a monthly FTH Sunday and take charge. As a sponsor, you would shop for the items needed, assemble the sandwiches, and deliver them to the church (at a safe distance with masks). For those who wish to sponsor a Sunday, you will be provided with a resource guide with all the necessary information needed. This will be a great opportunity for families, B'nai Mitzvah service projects, volunteer hours and anyone looking for volunteer opportunities. To sign up as a sponsor, please click HERE  to access the Feed the Hungry resource guide, please click HERE.

Restorative Justice Work 

This philosophy and practice help reduce prison populations and recidivism, bringing more health to communities and individuals. 

Pen Pal Program 

The Pen Pal Program connects congregants with a pen pal who is serving time in solitary confinement in the IL Prison system. 

Eco Chavura 

Dedicated to greening Temple Sholom’s sacred space through expanded recycling and composting among other initiatives. The group also engages in social justice environmental initiatives. 

Nediv Libo “Generous Heart” Donation Center 

Temple Sholom maintains ongoing supply drives where we collect household goods, gently used clothing and used cell phones. 

Blood Drives 

Sholom Justice hosts 3 blood drives a year, sponsored by Vitalant (formerly LifeSource). While we are currently unable to host the blood drives, it is safe and imperative to keep donating. Please visit a Vitalant center near you to donate. 

Advocacy Action Group 

Introducing Sholom Justice’s newest program, the Advocacy Action Group. If you are interested in advocacy, this group will be a place to come together and discuss/spread the word regarding issues action items that need immediate action. 

Click the image below to watch Jackie Baldwin's (JCUA)
presentation on advocacy, and what advocacy is.

Gan Emunah (Garden of Faith) 

Located at the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Stratford, the Garden of Faith serves as a spot for outside enjoyment, reflection and peace, dedicated in memory of Faith Dremmer. 

Sholom Justice Shabbat
Each year on the Friday leading into Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend, Sholom Justice hosts its' annual Shabbat. We welcome a speaker, panel or organization dedicated to making a difference in people's lives. In past years, we have addressed Police Reform, Restorative Justice Work, Homelessness and Hunger, and more. This year (2022), we welcome Dr. David A. Ansell (author of The Death Gap) to discuss the inequalities in the health care system and what we can do to help. Below is the sermon he gave, and you can click here for our upcoming events to follow up our Shabbat.


Jewish Council on Urban Affairs

As a Synagogue Partner with JCUA, Temple Sholom works with communities facing discrimination through issue-based campaigns, community investment and bridge-building. 

ONE Northside

As a member of ONE Northside, Temple Sholom participates in advocacy efforts regarding state and local legislation addressing topics of concern including mental health, gun violence reduction and education. 

The Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition (ILGVP) 

ILGVP works to change the culture around firearms by advocating for common sense, evidence-based, gun violence prevention measures that will save lives in Illinois.  

Illinois Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC-IL) 

With RAC-IL, Temple Sholom partners with diverse communities and meaningfully impacts local and state legislation with a focus on racial justice and immigrant and refugee rights. 

Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) 

CHI promotes an atmosphere of dignity and compassion toward those in need by providing access to food, health services, shelter and employment. 

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) of Chicago 

Fueled by the Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (repair the world) and Hachmasat Orchim (welcoming the stranger), Temple Sholom is involved in advocacy initiatives with other leading Jewish organizations including JUF/Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.  

Upcoming Events


MondayMon, 11 JulJuly, 2022

Monday Meal

Monday, Jul 11th 3:30p to 5:00pThere are so many ways to get involved with the Monday Meal: volunteer with us in-person (registration required), donate items that are placed in our meals-to-go, and/or volunteer to do meal delivery (car required).


MondayMon, 18 JulJuly, 2022

Monday Meal

Monday, Jul 18th 3:30p to 5:00pThere are so many ways to get involved with the Monday Meal: volunteer with us in-person (registration required), donate items that are placed in our meals-to-go, and/or volunteer to do meal delivery (car required).


MondayMon, 25 JulJuly, 2022

Monday Meal

Monday, Jul 25th 3:30p to 5:00pThere are so many ways to get involved with the Monday Meal: volunteer with us in-person (registration required), donate items that are placed in our meals-to-go, and/or volunteer to do meal delivery (car required).


MondayMon, 25 JulJuly, 2022

Learn more about how to volunteer with iMentor Chicago

Monday, Jul 25th 7:00p to 8:00pJoin us to learn how to become a mentor with iMentor Chicago! iMentor matches every student in our partner high schools with a college-educated mentor—a personal champion to help them on their journey to college and career. You could be that champion. Learn more at:


SundaySun, 7 AugAugust, 2022

Sholom Justice BBQ/Open House

Sunday, Aug 7th 5:00p to 7:00pJoin Sholom Justice for our annual BBQ and open house, as we join together to celebrate the previous years' accomplishments & look forward to what's coming in the year to come.



Tue, July 5 2022 6 Tammuz 5782