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Our Partners

Given that we don’t believe a cosmic personality is intervening in the world, WE have to be the ones to improve the world. We live what we believe through social action and community service.
 
 

Social Action Partners

 

Society for Humanistic Judaism

Many members of Kol Hadash are active members of the Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ), our national organization of Humanistic Jewish congregations and communities. Through the SHJ, we participate in the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable.

Jews for a Secular Democracy.

Through both our membership in the Society for Humanistic Judaism and individually, we partner with JFASD to counter the influence of religion on government policy and to defend the separation of Church and State.

 

Secular Coalition of America

Through our membership in the Society for Humanistic Judaism, we participate in the Secular Coalition for America, which advocates and lobbies on behalf of nontheistic Americans.

Chicago Coalition of Reason

Locally, we are members of the Chicago Coalition of Reason, which connects various Humanistic and non-theistic organizations in Chicagoland.

 

Community Service Partners

 

                                                               JUF-Chicago

Locally, we are members of the Chicago Coalition of Reason, which connects various Humanistic and non-theistic organizations in Chicagoland.

jBaby Chicago

Through a grant from jBaby Chicago, a program of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, we have free storytime sessions for each major Jewish holiday.

The Ark

As part of our participation in the national Secular Week of Action, which celebrates what human beings can achieve together, we have collected and sorted items for The Ark’s Food Pantry.

A Safe Place

Almost since our inception, we have partnered with A Safe Place collecting Wish List items at High Holidays, knitting blankets, building a garden, stocking a library, running 5ks and more.

 
 

Bernie's Book Bank

We help Bernie’s process and distribute children’s books throughout Chicagoland to give underprivileged children the opportunity to explore new ideas, gain knowledge, and strengthen reading skills through book ownership.

Northern Illinois Food Bank (Highwood)

We regularly help distribute food to 400 families living in our community by unloading pallets of food from trucks, organizing the items, and loading individual vehicles.

Chai Lifeline

Every year, the adult members of the congregation join our Sunday School students to make blankets for children facing life-threatening disease.

Community Alternatives

We collect winter holiday gifts for children coping with disabling conditions.

 
 
 

PADS of Lake County

We have prepared and served dinner for the homeless at a local PADS shelter and supervised the shelter’s overnight stays.

 
 

North Shore Unitarian Church

Our services are held at the beautiful North Shore Unitarian Church located at 2100 Half Day Road in Deerfield. Every year, our two congregations come together for a “Mitzvah Day” (Good Deeds Day) to work together on a dozen or more community service projects.

 

Our Educational Partner

 

 

International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism

Rabbi Chalom also serves as the Dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism (IISHJ), which offers rabbinic and leadership training, publications, and public events to further the movement's intellectual work.

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