Climate Action


JRC's Green Team urges you to get involved in Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, by engaging in acts to repair the environment. Contact us at [email protected].

Here are some opportunities to get involved:

Advocate for the Earth

  • Join Faith in Place  or, and commit to sending “rapid response” action emails
  • Support The GenG Project working with youth 
  • Join JRC Green Team exploring revisions to the Evanston Tree Preservation Ordinance

Plant a Tree 

Reduce your Carbon Footprint

  • Get a home energy audit: Energy Impact Illinois 1-855-9-IMPACT. In Evanston contact [email protected]. Insulate your roof and seal up cracks; buy a set-back thermostat.
  • GO SOLAR – either hot water or photo-voltaic
  • When buying a new vehicle look at gas use; buy hybrid or electric car.
  • Start up or join a “Walking School Bus”. 
  • Take public transit, bicycle, walk, or carpool. 
  • Buy a “Bicycle Benefits Sticker” for biker discounts


  • Buy LED or CFL bulbs and ENERGY STAR electronics or appliances.
  • Turn off lights, appliances, and power strips when not in use.
  • Turn off your air conditioner and open a window.
  • Buy carbon offsets when you fly.

Divest from Fossil Fuels 

  • If you own oil or coal stock, sell it or donate it to an organization that will use the proceeds to further Climate Change awareness.
  • Ask your college, workplace pension manager, etc., to divest fossil fuels.


  • Buy less / Consume less
  • Give gifts of your time and love instead of buying “stuff”.
  • Purchase recycled office paper, toilet paper, napkins and paper towels. 
  • Aim for 100% recycled. Use both sides of office paper, then recycle.
  • Use cloth napkins, towels, hankies, and rags instead of paper; canvas bags instead of plastic.
  • Avoid single use/disposable items and excess packaging.
  • Grow your own veggies or buy local and organic. Eat more meat-free meals.
  • Avoid pesticides/toxic chemicals in your garden or home.

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Our enriching and diverse preschool program is based on progressive Jewish values, is open to families of all religious backgrounds, and focuses on the importance of relationships between students, teachers, and families. 

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The Religious School provides JRC children with the building blocks they need to engage throughout their lives in Jewish exploration, community and activism.

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The Green Synagogue and the Pillars of Chai


In 2008, we built the first platinum LEED-certified green synagogue in North America. The construction required 18 pillars - the number in Hebrew that also means "chai" or "life." 

Now, more than ten years later, JRC has launched the Pillars of Chai Campaign to raise $4.4m to wholly own our beloved building. 


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