Temple Jeremiah

Social Justice

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2016-2017 Theme: Getting Proximate

“We cannot make good decisions from a distance,” said Bryan Stevenson, the author of the New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, his memoir. “If you are not proximate, you cannot change the world.” Proximity empowers and changes you, said Stevenson.

This year, we will be focusing on “getting proximate” with our neighbors and community partners.

Learn more in the Covenant and on our Getting Proximate page of the website.



There are many different social action opportunities at Temple Jeremiah! To get involved please contact the Social Justice Committee members directly:

Jack Craven – jsciu1@yahoo.com or 708/917-2121
Mindy Kurtz – cupermom@aol.com or 847/272-5471
Barb Miller – bmiller54@comcast.net or 847/266-1686
Stephen Miller – srm2854@comcast.net or 847/266-1686


Learn more about our social action opportunities by clicking on the links below.

Backpack Blessings
Imagine being hungry and not having enough to eat? This program feeds children who do not have enough to eat and are not sure where their next meal will come from. We are helping 50 children stay nourished each weekend by sending them home from school with a bag full of food for an entire school year. To learn more, visit our Backpack Blessings page or sign up to volunteer directly on our Sign-Up Genius page.

Feed the Homeless
Feed the Homeless, where we pack hundreds of bag lunches to donate to those in need, takes place the first Sunday of each month during the school year. To learn more, visit our Feed the Homeless page or sign up to volunteer to make and deliver lunches downtown directly on our Sign-Up Genius page.

Eat and Be Well
Support Temple Jeremiah’s newest social action project by volunteering for “Eat and Be Well,” a hospital-based food pantry that provides fresh produce and lean meats to food insecure outpatients. To learn more, visit our Eat and Be Well page.

Family Promise
Temple Jeremiah participates in Family Promise, a national organization that helps homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. To learn more, visit our Family Promise page.

Social Justice Advocacy
The Temple Jeremiah Advocacy Committee is focused on educating people about social justice issues and giving people opportunities to speak out in support of social programs and changes that improve the lives of others. Some of the social justice issues we will be working on are hunger, affordable housing, and child education. To learn more, visit our Social Justice Advocacy page.

GreenFaith Initiative
At Temple Jeremiah, we are committed to caring for our environment. To learn more, visit our GreenFaith Initiative page.

Keshet GADOL Program
The Keshet GADOL (Giving Adults Daily Opportunities for Living) Program is designed to work with individuals with disabilities that are over the age of 21. To learn more, visit our Keshet GADOL Program page.

Collection Boxes
Every time you come to temple, drop off one item of food or clothing in one of the collection boxes located in the temple lobby. To learn more, visit our Collection Boxes page.

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