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Oak Park Temple’s Social Action Committee

Tikkun Olam—healing the world—is the central mission of Oak Park Temple’s Social Action Committee. In emphasizing the “action” in social action, we are engaged in efforts that inform and move the community to advocate for and effect positive, measurable and meaningful change on local, national and international levels.

In recent years committee members have helped heal the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, raised awareness of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Darfur, engaged the broader community on marriage equality and interfaith communication, and advocated for accessible and affordable health care.

What We Do
Judaism teaches that helping fellow human beings in need, tzedakah, is not simply a matter of charity, but of responsibility, righteousness, and justice. The Social Action Committee offers Temple members various ways to contribute to the well-being of others in the Jewish community and beyond.

See the list of opportunities for engagement below, and keep checking back to discover new opportunities available for Oak Park Temple members.

Social Action Opportunities

But you can’t participate if you’re not a member, so join Oak Park Temple today!

More Social Action Opportunities

Daughters of Abraham Interfaith Book Club

The Daughters of Abraham is a book group consisting of Christian, Muslim and Jewish women established in the Boston area in 2002. The mission is to overcome stereotypes and to foster mutual respect and understanding between women. Through the discussion, insights and relationships that grow out of regular book group meetings, we hope to learn about the commonalities found in Islam, Judaism and Christianity, and to develop an interfaith community of women who can speak intelligently about the Abrahamic faiths.

For more info, contact us at or visit For information and to express interest in future meetings contact Martha Ackerman.

American Jewish World Service

American Jewish World Service is a community of Jewish global citizens committed to repairing the world. They are the first American Jewish organization dedicated to alleviating third-world poverty, hunger and disease.

AJWS focuses on the promotion of human rights, education, economic development, healthcare and sustainable agriculture. AJWS has been a leader in working to stop the genocide in Darfur, arrest the spread of HIV-AIDs, and promote human rights in the developing world. AJWS works in more than 19 countries on 4 different continents.

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