Torah in Action
“…the more we do good, the more readily do we grasp the meaning of duty and life…”
A strong commitment to social justice is a hallmark of Temple life. Members are always involved in the community and new social action initiatives are launched each year. In addition to several funds that support community and tzedakah needs, there are several ongoing projects in which to become involved.
- TBI in Action
- Recommitment to Mazon – At TBI events with food, there will be an ask for an additional 3% donation to go towards Mazon.
- Maot Chitim of Chicago distributes holiday meals for Rosh Hashanah and Pesach. TBI does not as a congregation participate in Maot Chitim for Rosh Hashanah, but we do encourage you to get involved as individuals and families. Due to Covid, Maot Chitim is just sending out Jewel Gift Cards to those in need. Monetary contributions can be made by going to their website, <maotchitim.org>. They are looking for volunteers who can act as personal shoppers and for people who speak Russian. For more information, please go to their website.
- Green Initiative-Reduce waste at TBI events
- RAC-IL-Religious Action Council initiatives to improve the lives of others though improving laws regarding immigrant justice and criminal justice reform
- Kol HaKavod (Well Done!)
- TBI 4 pilot Green events using compostable products and provided education to the community at large about reducing waste.
- The first day of Sunday school, the YES Committee helped the kids make dog toys to donate to a local animal shelter!
- Rosh HaShanah Ark Food collection – Pick up your bag at the High Holidays and drop off the filled bag to Temple Beth Israel by Simchat Torah!
- TBI Anti-Racism Committee
- During this turbulent year, all of us have been confronted with questions about race. How we respond individually and collectively to racism in our world, our country, and our (Jewish) community has become a matter of serious thought and discussion. The Committee on Anti-Racism Education is a combined effort of the Social Action Council and Adult Education in order to help meet this important challenge. Look here for posts that offer reading material, educational programs, and opportunities to participate in anti-racist activities.
- Social Action Opportunities In Our Greater Community
- To all those facing challenges during 5780, we know you join us in praying for peace, wholeness, and health for everyone. The best ways to help those in need of assistance is to donate to this organization with whom we are partnering to provide relief in the impacted areas: NECHAMA: A Jewish Response to Disaster
- Disaster Relief Fund – JUF fund which sends on a full 100% of the monies donated.
- JDC – American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee – Relief funds for Indonesia Earthquake relief fund
- Help Make a House a Home – Evanston project
- Looking to help? WINGS or Connections for the Homeless could use your help!