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Social Action

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl, 1952

The WSTHZ Social Action committee provides congregants with opportunities for spiritual and personal growth through social action that benefits our local community.  October through May volunteers provide lunches and dinners for PADS clients.  The committee also hosts an annual Global Hunger Shabbat, a program sponsored by the Jewish World News Service.  New this year will be an opportunity to work at the Uptown Cafe in October.  Activities will be available for families with young children and teens as well as individuals.  The need is great and the opportunities are many.  Please volunteer today.

Laurie Myers ( and Carol Flank (
Social Action Committee co-chairs

Within our congregational family:

  • Prepare and deliver meals to an ill or homebound member
  • Provide transportation to medical appointments and the airport in times of need
  • Home and hospital visits
  • Shivah calls and leading services in a house of mourning.

Extended Jewish community:

  • Tzedakah projects for Jewish groups in the Chicago area.
  • Letter-writing campaigns for Jewish causes
  • Donations of medical supplies, religious books and articles and money to the Jewish community of Penza, our sister city in the former Soviet Union.


  • Blood drives
  • Food and clothing drives
  • Tri-Village P.A.D.S. homeless shelter
  • Community of Congregations projects in Oak Park and River Forest
Mon, October 26 2020 8 Cheshvan 5781