The Social Action Committee works to achieve balanced support for a blend of social action causes and to include as many members of Etz Chaim in this work as possible. We encourage Tikkun Olam by giving congregants opportunities to roll up their sleeves and give to others through their own hard work on many programs and through donations to the Louis and Bettye Kaplan Social Action Fund and the lobby tzedakah box.
Social Action's blog
On Wednesday evening, April 25th, Rabbi Kamil and seven congregants joined nearly 300 Reform Jews representing 25 Illinois congregations who gathered at Chicago Sinai Congregation for the launch of ReformIL. Part of the Religious Action Center of Illinois, ReformIL is a grassroots movement of community organizers who work towards a more just and compassionate Land of Lincoln. How? By identifying the social issues of most concern and providing a structure that enables us to stand together, work together and, to paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi, together be the change we want to see.
On Thursday evening, September 7th, approximately 60 Christian, Muslim and Jewish neighbors gathered in our social hall to participate in a panel discussion, Religion and Compassion in the 21st Century. Panel members included Pastor Jeanne Davies of the Parables Community, Reverend Myriam Renaud representing the Unitarian Universalist Church of DuPage, Naperville, Dr. Ali Yurtsever, Professor and Interfaith Advisor at Benedictine University and our own Rabbi Fredrick Kamil. Paul Heinz served as moderator.
On Thursday, September 7th, from 7:00-8:30 PM,
Congregation Etz Chaim cordially invites you to learn and
engage with our panelists and with each other.
Refreshments will be served.
Babysitting provided at no charge. Please indicate number and age of child(ren).
Congregation Natan-Ya, a Reform synagogue in Israel, needs our help now!
Life for Reform Jews has become more difficult in Israel.
There is discrimination at the Western Wall and Netanyahu reneged on his plan to allow egalitarian worship at an area close to the Western Wall; a Conversion Bill gave the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate total control over all conversions in Israel, and there are attempts to end public transportation on Shabbat.
It’s a great day to participate in God’s work!
Maot Chitim with Etz Chaim
Maot Chitim offers Pesach food delivery to needy Jewish elderly at our “adopted” apartment building which begins at 10:00am in Skokie.
We need at least 20 people. To sign up contact the office at [email protected]
THEN...Good Deeds Day with our larger community!
Fun and Learning on Tu B'Shevat Weekend
The Social Action committee is coordinating those who are interested in attending this event and going by train. There is an 8:00 AM train from Lombard which arrives in Chicago at 8:50 AM. If you are interested please e-mail Mimi Paull-Binette at [email protected] by Thursday, January 19th.
On Sunday, November 6, the Garry Gardner Memorial Bowls for Hunger event was held in the social hall. Homemade soups were served, handmade pottery was sold, and over eight thousand dollars were raised to help feed the hungry of DuPage County. The proceeds from this year's event will be shared among the PADS shelter here at Etz Chaim, the food pantry of the ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) in Bloomingdale, the St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry at Christ the King Church in Lombard, and the Walk-In-Ministry at First Church of Lombard. This project is named for the late and beloved Dr.
Please join us for our annual JUF Brunch sponsored by the Social Action Committee, February 22 at 9:30 AM.
Our featured guest speaker will be Andrew Silow-Carroll who is editor in chief of the New Jersey Jewish News and the former managing editor of the Forward.