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High Holiday Food Drive

Both kosher and non-kosher food will be collected and donated to the ARK. Shopping bags will be distributed to congregants at Rosh Hashanah services and should be returned at Yom Kippur services to First United Methodist Church.

Bundled Blessings

We are partnering with First United Methodist Church to provide diapers for Bundled Blessings, the only “diaper bank” in Evanston. Bundled Blessings currently makes monthly distributions of diapers to six social service agencies in the Evanston area, and has diaper drop-off barrels in five locations throughout Evanston and one in Morton Grove. Please bring packages of new or opened and clean diapers to First United Methodist Church during High Holiday Services.

Here are some of the facts: keeping a baby or toddler in diapers can add up to more than $100 per month, per child; many low-income families rely on the Illinois LINK card (formerly known as food stamps) which cannot be used to buy diapers; cloth diapers are not an option. Cloth diapers are hard to use without having a washer or dryer at home, and not accepted by day care facilities; There are currently no other diaper banks in Evanston, and local social service agencies indicate there is a strong need for a reliable source of diapers. 

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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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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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