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Social Action Blog

Tue, 11/19/2013 - 1:06pm -- Social Action

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.

Interfaith Outreach Shares Shabbat with Muslim Friends

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 10:34am -- Social Action

On Friday, September 28th, our Interfaith Outreach Committee, in collaboration with the Social Action and Lifelong Learning Committees hosted a Shabbat dinner for our friends at the Turkish American Society (TAS).  After enjoying delicious homemade Ramadan dinners in our Social Hall provided by TAS during the past three years, we decided it was time to

Reform Movement Statewide Organizing Has Launched!

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 1:35pm -- Social Action

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.

Interfaith Outreach Panel - Recap

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 1:10pm -- Social Action

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. 

New Tzedakah Fund

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 1:02pm -- Social Action

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.

Good Deeds Day

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 3:33pm -- Social Action

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!

Empty Bowls Recap and Thank You 2016

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 10:16am -- Social Action

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.

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