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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


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 includng 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.  

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

Feed the Hungry 
On the 2nd and 5th Sunday of each month, volunteers gather to assemble meals to be distributed to the hungry at the Greater Bethlehem Healing Temple. 

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 
Introuducing 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. 

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. 

Upcoming Events

WednesdayWed, 26 AugAugust, 2020

Fair Tax Amendment Education Session

Wednesday, Aug 26th 6:30p to 8:00pJoin Sholom Justice & JCUA for an educational opportunity to learn about the Fair Tax Amendment, and discuss the connections between the Fair Tax, Judaism, and social justice. To register and for zoom information, please follow this link:


SaturdaySat, 29 AugAugust, 2020

Elul Havdalah with Or Chadash

Shabbat, Aug 29th 7:00p to 8:30pJoin Sholom Justice for Havdalah in Elul as we gather together IN PERSON, SAFELY, for the first time in a long time for a light nosh, socially distant & outdoors schmooze, and Havdalah ritual.



Sat, August 15 2020 25 Av 5780