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Tikkun Olam - Repairing the World

Building community. Being a Force for Good.

At Emanuel Congregation, we strive to live our mission of being a force for good. Here are a few ways our members and the community at large can get involved and make a difference.

Mitzvah Corps

The mission of the Mitzvah Corps group in collaboration with JCUA is to embody the values of justice, compassion, and community within the Jewish tradition while actively working to dismantle housing disparities and promote equitable access to housing for all residents in your area.  If you want to be part of the Mitzvah Corps please contact Joy at

New Arrivals (Migrants) 

We will be taking up a collection for migrant individuals and families. We are waiting on details of their needs and will update the community on the specifics.

Chesed (loving-kindness) Team

We are looking for people who would like to be a part of spreading loving kindness. During this difficult time our team is organizing people to make wellness phone or video calls, run errands for seniors or high-risk individuals, lead a core committee to help with planning and assigning tasks, and people with other skills they want to share. If you want to be part of our Chesed (loving-kindness) team, please contact Sarabeth Salzman at or 773-561-5173 ext 109. Thank you!

Emanuel Stitching Ladies

Though the Stitching Ladies can't meet in person right now, they are still stitching at home!
During World War II, the Emanuel Congregation Stitching Ladies (formerly known as the Sewing Ladies) sewed for the Red Cross. Today, they knit, crochet, and sew such items as baby blankets, lapghans, sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens, and shawls. These items are donated to local hospitals and social service agencies, among them St. Joseph’s Hospital Jesse Brown VA Hospital, Northwestern Hospital Women's Cancer Center, Care for Real, The Ark, and other social service agencies for their clients. We encourage knitters and crocheters to join us on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at Emanuel Congregation. We supply the yarn; you supply the working hands!

Tikkun Olam Book Club

Join others in discussing books that cover a variety of relevant topics surrounding social justice and Tikkun Olam. Contact the Emanuel office for more information or visit our Calendar page to search when the next meeting is scheduled, or check our Upcoming Events page.

Blood Drives

Emanuel Congregation hosts blood drive 4 to 6 times throughout the school year. Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S needs blood to save their life. You can be a life saver! If you are interested in donating blood, please make an appointment online at, click “Donate” and search by group code J221. Appointments are recommended, walk-ins are welcome!

Tzedakah Collection Boxes

Near the main entrance of Emanuel Congregation, we have placed donation collection boxes for local service agencies such as Care For Real, The Arkand Shalva. Throughout the year, congregants donate items to Care For Real such as clothing, household cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene products. For Shalva, we collect used cell phones and iPads.

Maot Chitim

Maot Chitim is the ancient custom of offering food to provide for the poor for the observance of holidays. Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago delivers food packages to over 5,000 area residents for Rosh Hashanah and Passover. Emanuel Congregation has participated in this seasonal mitzvah for over a dozen years. Contact the Emanuel office for more information regarding the next available Maot Chitim volunteer opportunity.

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With 2019 Winter Wear Some of the Ladies
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