"Listen to Me, you who pursue justice (rodfei zedek), you who seek the Lord." Isaiah 51:1
Committed to Community…Committed to Chesed
Be present to say Hineni, “I am here” for one another during life transitions and life “happening. Please let the office know if you are willing to be called to help with meals, shopping, baby-sitting, being in a shiva minyan, driving etc. We invite you to let us know if you could use our help as you go through one of these transitions or if you know someone else is in need in the community.
We are also interested in pairing grandparents with young families who have no family around. If you wish to be paired as a grandparent or family, or if you can help in any way, contact the office.
The JUF is the tzedakah arm of Chicago Jews and the parent organization of the Hyde Park JCC, which shares our building. JUF works to feed, counsel, and care for those in need in the Jewish community and the larger Chicago community. See a list of Jewish Federation Agencies and Supported Programs in our links section.
The Seminary is the academic center of the Conservative Movement. JTS trains rabbis, cantors, and educators, and provides academically accredited programs for college and graduate studies, Jewish social work, etc. Founded in 1886, it has been the home of leading scholars in Judaic studies; and the JTS Library is the world's most varied and substantial collection of Jewish books.
Members of Rodfei Zedek annually help in the delivery of Ma'ot Chitim (food packages) for the High Holidays and Passover. The recipients are very grateful, the Ma'ot Chitim of Greater Chicago organizers are very grateful for our participation, and it's a mitzvah! If you're in good shape and are looking around for a new mitzvah to take on, consider joining this group. Participants must be age 12 or older to go into the warehouse. To volunteer to pack or to deliver in the autumn for Rosh HaShanah and on March 25 for Pesach, phone 847.674.3224 or email [email protected]
Founded in 1911, the Hyde Park-Kenwood Interfaith Council is among the oldest interfaith organizations in the nation. It is an association of religious and spiritual communities, seminaries, and services organizations which intentionally cooperate to foster just and compassionate relationships and interconnectedness.
Some Rodfei Zedek members have connections with our local elementary school, Bret Harte. It is a school of 380 students from pre‑K to 8th grade, with many coming from low-income families. Click here to help support the graduating 8th graders' trip to Washington, D.C.
From JUF, December 2017: "After nearly four decades of service, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) Chicago has been directed by the U.S. State Department to shut down one of its signature programs, refugee resettlement." (Read more.)
Formed in October 2016, the Hyde Park Refugee Project is a network of supporters and institutional partners (including Rodfei Zedek) that helps refugee families who have experienced war, terror and persecution to build a new life of safety, dignity and self-reliance in Hyde Park. The Hyde Park Refugee Project has become aware of a Congolese refugee family of 14 resettled in our neighborhood. Our community can help in various ways—by providing employment leads, donating household items, tutoring both adults and children, providing early childhood enrichment, and contributing to an emergency fund. Click and scroll down for information about these volunteer opportunities.
Many of our members serve on the boards or volunteer for superb organizations that seek to make the world a kinder, more just, greener, more hospitable place for all of us. We want to create an informal listing of all of the organizations in which our members actively participate as a way of inviting you in as a volunteer in Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World). Please contact the office if you volunteer with an organization that you would like to have included.