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tikkun olam: opportunities to better our world

Tikkun Olam is our Jewish calling for playing our part in repairing the world around us. We at NSCI have made Mitzvah projects of all kinds as a way to connect with each other, the broader community, and ensure we make a significant shift in righting inequities around us. Below you will find programs and events throughout the year. Join us for fun, engaging mitzvah programs.


Learn more about The NSCI Refugee Resettlement Project

Mitzvah Garden—May through September
What could be better than spending an hour or two a week in the fresh air and sunshine, watching the fruits of your efforts grow, and knowing that the harvest will go to feed the needy in our community? Help plant and harvest spinach, tomatoes, sweet peppers, summer squash, cucumbers, beans, radishes, kale, arugula, cilantro, cucumbers, and several varieties of lettuce, all of which is donated to the Moraine Township Food Bank and The Ark Northwest. Contact: Bob Levy,

Family Promise—June 7-21, 2020
Family Promise Chicago North Shore is dedicated to helping families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless get back on their feet and provide a stable lifestyle for their children. For one week at a time (Sunday-Sunday), we need your help to host participating families here at NSCI! Volunteer activities include preparing dinner & dining with our guests, entertaining our guests’ children from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm each night, providing grab-and-go breakfast options for the morning and supplying ingredients for guests to pack their own brown-bag lunches. Contact: Ann

Operation Backpack-Late Summer 2020 
An annual back-to-school mitzvah opportunity for the entire family! Year-after-year NSCI has provided students of Chicago’s Jordan Community School with pencils, notebooks, folders, and all the stuff they’ll need for a successful school year! Contact: Rabbi Ryan Daniels,

Family to Family Thanksgiving Mitzvah Project-November 2020 
Provide a Thanksgiving meal for a Waukegan’s Whittier Elementary School student and their family. NSCI will provide you with a grocery list to shop, and then you bring your groceries to NSCI on November 24 to assemble and decorate a holiday basket. We’ll need a few volunteers to then deliver the baskets to Whittier later that afternoon. Click here to sign up.

Faith in Place Winter Farmers Market-January 2020 

Each winter, from November through March, Faith in Place partners with faith communities to host a series of indoor farmers markets on Saturdays and Sundays. These farmers markets provide an additional source of income for local vendors during the offseason, promote sustainable farming methods, encourage healthy, wholesome eating, and support the building of relationships between producres and consumers. Contact: Rabbi Ryan Daniels,

Adult Mitzvah Corps
NSCI Adult Mitzvah Corps helps local Jewish charitable organizations once or twice a month—adults of all ages are welcome to join us either every time or less frequently. Carpooling is available from the synagogue. Contact: Tracey Meyers,

Volunteer at Beth Emet Soup Kitchen
Join us on Tuesday afternoons throughout the school year to assemble brown-bag lunches that are later delivered to the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen. Then join us in Evanston on specific Wednesday evenings throughout the year to serve guests at the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen. Signing up in advance is necessary as we assign food items for participants to bring. 

Feed the Homeless
Join us one Sunday a month to prepare 750 hot and brown-bag meals, then deliver and/or serve at shelters and food pantries in Lake & Cook Counties. Setup begins at 1:00 pm in the Rebecca K. Crown Hall and deliveries and meal servers depart NSCI at 3:00 pm. Occasionally Feed The Homeless happens entirely off-site at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital. Click HERE to sign up for upcoming dates. Contact:

Monthly Call to Novograd-Volynsky
For more than 20 years our congregation has been in a relationship with the Jewish community of Novograd‑Volynsky, Ukraine, not far from Kiev, the capital. Join us one Sunday each month on our phone call with Lev, our most consistent contact there, and learn more about the remarkable Jewish community in Ukraine. Contact: Cecile Levy,

Tzedakah Table: Pop-Up Mitzvah Project
Are you passionate about a specific charitable organization or cause? Want to organize a pop-up Tzedakah project to support that organization or cause? We invite you to propose a project and request a Sunday morning (10:30 am-11:30 am) during the school year to organize your tzedakah pop-up. Consider selling crafts or food/drink (all food must be nut free and kosher style) or collecting items to donate to an organization in need! Be creative! Contact: Rabbi Ryan Daniels,

Weekend Meals Program
Did you know that 1:4 school-age children in Highland Park are food insecure? While they can get a nutritious lunch at school during the week, these children often go without on weekends. Help fight hunger in our backyard by donating to this important cause and/or joining NSCI families in packing weekend meal bags for students in our local schools. Contact Deborah Coven,


Check the Bulletin, Facebook, Instagram, and our website to learn about NSCI’s regular Tikkun Olam collections, including non-perishable kosher food for The ARK, travel-size toiletries for The Night Ministry, and children’s clothing, shoes, toys, and school supplies for Cradles to Crayons.

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