Committees and Task Forces


JRC’s Committees and Task Forces provide congregants with opportunities for fulfillment and involvement in synagogue life. Fostering connection and community, committee members work with staff to provide programming and services for all members to enjoy.

All of the Committees and Task Forces listed here are vital to the character and vigor of JRC. They also provide wonderful opportunities to meet other JRC members with similar interests. Some groups meet monthly, while others meet on an ad-hoc basis. Whatever your interest, there's a group at JRC for you participate in!

Accessibility and Inclusion

Accessibility/Inclusion meets to respond to concerns and help facilitate ways JRC can become more sensitive and responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities.

Adult Education

This committee meets on an ad-hoc basis to plan, coordinate and create policy for our adult learning program. Please see our Adult Education schedule or consult the newsletter for information regarding adult education at JRC. Contact Todd Hasak-Lowy.  

Early Childhood

This committee meets to discuss issues of importance to JRC’s Early Childhood Center. Members work together to determine policy and explore ways to support early childhood education at JRC. Contact Michelle Farra.


The Chesed Committee is committed to performing mitzvot to help JRC members in need—particularly individuals/families who have experienced a recent loss or crisis. Contact Lou Weiss at [email protected].

Communications Committee

This task force will ensure that all members are kept apprised of JRC activities and Board actions as well as enhancing our relationship with the greater Jewish community. Contact Linda Mathias Kaskel.


This committee plans and facilitates all ongoing fundraising in support of our JRC community. Contact Joel Gratch.


The "JRC Gardeners" are a hands-on group that helps to beautify the synagogue landscape. The Garden Committee has a number of ongoing projects to support and maintain our grounds. Learn more about our garden and the JRC members who keep it beautiful. Contact Becky Block. 

Gender Inclusion Task Force

The Gender Inclusion Task Force provides information and facilitates opportunities for learning and advocacy on the issue of gender diversity and inclusion.  The Task Force works to ensure that JRC is welcoming in all aspects of congregational life including educational programs, ritual, facilities, communication, and events. See more>>

Green Team

JRC's Green Team urges you to get involved in Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, by engaging in acts to repair the environment and strengthening JRC's commitment to sustainability. See more>>

High Holiday

The High Holiday Committee is an annual ad hoc committee that coordinates various aspects of our High Holiday services—from ushering to set-up to coordination of service participation. This is a highly participatory committee that plays an important ongoing role in the spiritual life of JRC. Contact us at [email protected].

Immigrant Justice Task Force

The Immigrant Justice Task Force aims to learn about and engage with and on behalf of immigrants and refugees in our congregation, our local community, our nation and the global community. We want JRC to be a congregation that welcomes immigrants and refugees into our own community and provides opportunities for members to engage with others with and on behalf of refugees and immigrants. See more>>

Israel/Palestine Committee 

The Israel/Palestine committee is a resource to help the JRC community engage with the nuances and complexities of Israel/Palestine. The committee works with the congregation to encourage a thorough exploration and understanding of a range of perspectives on Israel/Palestine. See more>>

JRC Press Task Force

The JRC Press Task Force is currently working on their 5th member produced book Lost and Found: Embracing the Whole of Life. This collection of personal essays, poems, and stories will examine the losses and gains - both positive and negative - that are an inherent part of life. Learn more about the project>>

Leadership Development

Contact Robin Trilling. 


The mission of the JRC Library is to promote lifelong learning (Limud) at JRC and to reinforce and support congregational programming for all age groups and constituent units of JRC, responsive to the times and culture in which we live. Contact Robert Lange. Browse the library catalog>> 


This committee works to enhance services to members and to help create a greater sense of community at JRC. Find out more about JRC membership here. Contact Linda Hewitt.

Peace Dialogue Task Force

JRC’s Peace Dialogue serves as a resource and catalyst to JRC members in addressing matters of peace and justice. See more>>

Racial Equity Task Force 

JRC’s Racial Equity Task Force is devoted to increasing racial equity within our congregation and throughout our local and global communities. The Task Force plans programming to build awareness about structural and institutional racism. We work toward personal and communal transformation through training, education, conversation, and social action. We plan to create opportunities for JRC members to engage in efforts to promote equity among all racial and ethnic groups and work toward justice throughout our congregation and community. Contact Task Force Chair Jennifer Jaffe at [email protected] to get involved. See more>>

Ritual Practices

This committee meets to discuss and address religious issues that directly affect our community. It also endeavors to facilitate greater member involvement in religious services at JRC. Contact Nancy Zwick.

Religious School

This committee meets to discuss educational issues, create policy and support the work of our Religious School staff. Contact [email protected].

Soup Kitchens

JRC members operate three Soup Kitchens in Evanston at which groups of JRC volunteers cook a community meal for approximately 90 people in need. See more>>

Strategic Planning Committee

This committee equips and mobilizes JRC’s leadership to act in accordance with the congregation’s strategic plan. Contact Sheri Young or Mary Cohen.

If You Are a Current Committee/Task Force Member

If you would like to find out how to get things done at JRC, you can browse our How to Get Things Done FAQ's list. 

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