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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! 

Upcoming Events


MondayMon, 3 OctOctober, 2022

Monday Meal Mitzvah

Monday, Oct 3rd 3:00p to 6:45pThe Monday Meal Mitzvah is back in person! Volunteer to prepare and/or serve a warm meal to those in need. This is a great opportunity for anyone 12 years of age and older, who are looking for a meaningful volunteer experience. This is a long standing Temple Sholom/Sholom Justice program, and we are excited to be back. If you are in need of a meal, the Lake Shore Drive doors open at 5:15pm and we suggest you arrive by 4:45pm.


SundaySun, 9 OctOctober, 2022

Feed the Hungry

Sunday, Oct 9th 9:30a to 10:30aThe newly improved (and COVID-19 safe) Feed the Hungry (FTH) allows you the opportunity to sponsor a monthly FTH Sunday. As a sponsor, you shop for the items needed, assemble the sandwiches at home, and deliver them to a church on the West Side (at a socially safe distance with masks).


WednesdayWed, 12 OctOctober, 2022

Adult Education Guest Scholar: Organizing 101 – How Do the Powerless Get Power? with Tom Tresser in conversation with Rabbi Scott Gellman

Wednesday, Oct 12th 7:00p to 8:30pDid you know that President Obama started out as a community organizer on Chicago’s South Side? What is community organizing? What makes for an effective community organizer? How is organizing different from other forms of social service or change work? Long time civic educator and public defender Tom Tresser will address these questions in a dialog with Rabbi Scott Gellman.


ThursdayThu, 13 OctOctober, 2022

Letter Writing to Get Out the Vote

Thursday, Oct 13th 6:00p to 8:00pThe Reproductive Justice Task Force is working with Vote Forward to encourage fellow citizens to use their voice in the critical Nov 8 midterm elections. We have the materials; we just need you! There is limited space, register today.


SundaySun, 16 OctOctober, 2022

Letter Writing to Get Out the Vote

Sunday, Oct 16th 12:30p to 2:00pThe Reproductive Justice Task Force is working with Vote Forward to encourage fellow citizens to use their voice in the critical Nov 8 midterm elections. We have the materials; we just need you! Space is limited, register today.




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

Sholom Justice Bi-Weekly Newsletter

Check out our bi-weekly Sholom Justice newsletter here (9-7-22).

If you are not receiving these bi-weekly e-blasts, please contact Toby to be added to the list.


Temple Sholom Programs

Temple Sholom’s Monday Meal Mitzvah 

The Monday Meal Mitzvah is now back in-person, and we need you! Each week volunteers prepare and serve a warm meal to our guests in need. Volunteers have to be at least 12 years of age, and this mitzvah is a great opportunity for anyone looking for a wonderful volunteer experience, B'nai Mitzvah service projects, school service hours and more. If you have a child under the age of 12 who would like to volunteer, have questions about sponsorship opportunities and/or would like more information about our wonderful program, please contact Toby at

In addition to our weekly meals, we also take bag meals to Northside Housing to support their residents. If you would like to sign-up to drive, please arrive at Temple at 5:00pm and we will load your car with the meals (car is required). If you are in need of service hours, meal delivery counts as 1 hour.

If you would like to volunteer for the meal and/or deliver meals, please click here.

Feed the Hungry 

Every 2nd and 5th Sundays of the month, volunteers make sandwiches and take them to Another Chance Assembly in the North Austin Neighborhood for those in need. In the past, FTH took place solely 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.  

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.

Wed, September 28 2022 3 Tishrei 5783