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Community Involvment

Within the Congregation

Be present to say Hineni, “I am here,” for one another during life events and transitions.  Let the office know if you can be called on to help with meals, shopping, baby-sitting, shiva, driving, etc.  And please let us know if you or someone else is need of such help.  To help with meals, you can also contact our Meal Train directly.

Out in the Community

Local Jewish and other Hyde Park organizations 

Spotlight on some groups our members participate in:

Ma'ot Chitim.  Members and children annually help in the delivery of Ma'ot Chitim (food packages) for the High Holy Days and Passover.  If you're in good shape and are looking around for a new mitzvah to take on, consider volunteering with Ma'ot Chitim of Greater Chicago.  Drivers always needed.

Hyde Park & Kenwood Interfaith Council.  Founded in 1911, the Hyde Park & Kenwood Interfaith Council is among the oldest interfaith organizations in the nation.  It is an association of religious and spiritual communities, seminaries, and services organizations which intentionally cooperate to foster just and compassionate relationships and interconnectedness.

Bret Harte Partnership.  Some Rodfei Zedek members have connections with our local elementary school, Bret Harte, a school of 380 students, with many coming from low-income families. Get involved through the Friends of Bret Harte group.  

Hyde Park Refugee Project.  Formed in October 2016, the Hyde Park Refugee Project is a network of supporters and institutional partners (including Rodfei Zedek) that helps refugee families who have experienced war, terror and persecution to build a new life of safety, dignity and self-reliance in Hyde Park.  We can help in several ways—by providing employment leads, donating household items, tutoring both adults and children, and providing early childhood enrichment.  Learn more about volunteering or financial support.

RefugeeOne.  The largest resettlement agency in Illinois, RefugeeOne creates opportunity for refugees fleeing war, terror, and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self‑reliance.

Food Justice Program. Organized by KAM Isaiah Israel

Member-Inspired Organizations

We want to create an informal listing of all of the organizations in which our members actively participate.  Please contact the office if you volunteer with an organization that you would like to have included as we seek to make the world a kinder, more just, greener, more hospitable place for all of us. 

"Listen to Me, you who pursue justice (rodfei zedek), you who seek the Lord."
  —Isaiah 51:1

Mon, January 27 2020 1 Shevat 5780