Tikkun Olam


Our Commitment

Reflecting the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World), the JRC community is committed to the healing of the world around us through congregational education, activism, advocacy, and consciousness-raising. Our Jewish values inform everything we do, from our commitment to sustainability, to advocating for immigrant justice to building solidarity with our Muslim neighbors. 

Our congregation has organized task forces in areas of interest to our members, and we are actively interested in launching new task forces as new concerns arise and members are moved to action. Task Force participants meet to share information and identify opportunities for JRC members to be involved in social, educational, religious, and political issues. Task Force members organize and get involved in activities within the synagogue, in Evanston and the greater Chicago area, around the country, and around the world.

For more information about social action at JRC contact us at [email protected].

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By studying the Jewish principle of Bal Tashchit, we learn about a Jewish environmental ethic which teaches "do not destroy or waste". Further, in Ecclesiastes we read: "God led Adam around the Garden of Eden and said, 'Look at My works. See how beautiful they are, how excellent. See to it that you do not spoil or destroy My world — for if you do, there will be no one to repair it after you.'" (Midrash Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:13). This principle guided JRC to build our LEED Certified green building and sustain an ongoing commitment to environmentalism. 

Rescued Czech Torah 

JRC is privileged to be the caretakers of a Torah rescued from the Holocaust. This special Torah represents a link between our past and the continuing story of Jewish life unfolding. See more>>

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JRC Early Childhood Center

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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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Our Religious School

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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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