TIKKUN OLAM (SOCIAL ACTION)
Shir Hadash recently launched its new Tikkun Olam initiative, designed to encourage families and our congregation as a whole to participate together in social action.
We have engaged in a number of activities over the years:
Creating care packages for women and children at domestic violence shelters using donated toiletries
Putting together care packages for our troops
Baking dog treats for a local animal shelter
Volunteering at an animal shelter
Collecting and packaging books for underprivileged children
Conducting coat drives
Decorating picture frames for an area VA hospital
Sending cards to our troops
Creating care packages for hospitalized children
Planting trees and perennials to help the environment
Several times a year, our members step forward to help those in need. Sometimes we just provide helping hands and other times we each bring a meal and serve all who come. This is a great chance for the whole family to help those less fortunate in our community.
High Holiday Food Baskets for Needy Jewish Families
Every year, Shir Hadash joins with Maot Chitim of Greater Chicagoland to help them pack and deliver High Holiday food baskets for needy Jewish families all over the Chicago area. There are two volunteer opportunities, either packing food boxes or delivering them. Packing usually takes place on a Sunday at the end of August. Delivery of food packages takes place on a Sunday at the beginning of September. We deliver to several large complexes and use a rental truck to transport the boxes.
Shir Hadash partners with LifeSource to donate blood and platelets so our community has the life saving blood for those in need.
For more information on Tikkun Olam, contact Lisa Radzely at