Task Forces & Projects


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.

All task forces are overseen by the Vice President of Tikkun Olam.

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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>>

Peace Dialogue

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

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>>

Racial Equity Task Force 

JRC’s Racial Equity Task Force is based on a belief that a more just and peaceful world is possible. Our goal is to learn and grow, both as individuals and as a community, so we can better understand and interrupt the racism that lives in our societal institutions and in ourselves. The Task Force’s programming includes training, education, conversation, and social action. We know there is work to do wherever we are, and we are committed to doing that work within and beyond JRC. Contact Task Force Chair Jennifer Jaffe at [email protected] to get involved. See more>>

Climate Action

JRC's Climate Action 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>>

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>>

Blood Drive  

JRC organizes a Blood Drive each winter in conjunction with LifeSource Blood Services. See more>>

Connections for the Homeless Maot Chitim

Maot Chitim is an all-volunteer organization that packages and delivers more than 5,000 boxes of food to less fortunate Chicago-area Jews twice a year, just before Rosh Hashanah and Passover. See more>>

Ongoing B'nai Mitzvah Projects 

Take a look at a working list of current Tikkun Olam projects being done by our b'nai mitzvah students and see how you can get involved in repairing the world. 

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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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 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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