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Beth Tikvah Congregation

Our House of Hope

300 Hillcrest Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169  

847-885-4545

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The Tzedek Committee for Social Justice

Tikkum olam: THE WORLD WAS CREATED IMPERFECTLY; WE PARTNER WITH GOD TO REPAIR IT

As our Temple President, Terrie O’Day shared in her November Tikvahite article, we are the newest Temple committee: The Tzedek Committee for Social Justice.

Who are we and what do we hope to accomplish? Proudly, Beth Tikvah has a longstanding, robust Social Action Committee. Their mission is to lend a helping hand to those who are hurting: for instance, feed the hungry. Rooted in our traditional Jewish values, our new Tzedek Committee asks: Why do we, as a society continue to have food insecurity? And what are we to do to end it?

Hate has no home here BTC WEB CROPPEDNow on to our first project: Hate Has No Home HereWe have purchased, and will be reselling, these 2-sided yard signs at our cost: $5.00 (this is not a fundraiser).

Signs will be sold at temple during religious school on Nov 19, Dec 3, 10, and 17.

The yardsigns are just the beginning. We want everyone to know that, as a Temple Committee, we are non-partisan and mindful that we are a congregation with a membership diverse in background, points of view, and opinions. We celebrate our differences and all are welcome. Please come join us as we work towards strengthening our relationships with others, both inside and outside Beth Tikvah in striving for social justice.

Tzedek social justice logo WEB dreamstime m 98387812Our newest committee is The Tzedek Committee for Social Justice. Social Justice is organizing our people to stand with vulnerable communities. It is repairing the world we live in.  It is hearing stories and understanding concerns, voicing our values and sometimes speaking truth to power. It is collectively trying to go at and fix the root cause of a problem rather than providing an immediate but temporary solution. Our Torah teaches that we are to protect the vulnerable including the widow, the orphan, and the stranger. Today, vulnerable communities and individuals might include: low income communities and families, immigrants and refugees, people of color and those who are transgender. (Sometimes we as Jews are vulnerable as well). 

Our committee has the potential to draw new members to our Temple as well as energize current members. We would like to be a role model for our youth; our actions in pursuit of Social Justice will speak louder than mere words.

Our first project for this year will be to conduct a “Love your neighbor" campaign against hate, starting with distributing "Hate has no home here" signs.

ron coppel
Social Justice Chair,
Ron Coppel
SocialJustice@beth-tikvah.org

Social Justice Purpose

Social Justice is organizing our people to stand with vulnerable communities. It is repairing the world we live in. It is hearing stories and understanding concerns, voicing our values and sometimes speaking truth to power. It is collectively trying to go at and fix the root cause of a problem rather than providing an immediate but temporary solution. Our Torah teaches that we are to protect the vulnerable including the widow, the orphan, and the stranger. Today, vulnerable communities and individuals might include: low income communities and families, immigrants and refugees, people of color and those who are transgender. (Sometimes we as Jews are vulnerable as well).