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Tzedek Committee - Social Justice

In April, 2017, the Hill Havurah Board approved the establishment of a Tzedek (Justice) Committee. The purpose of the Tzedek Committee is to review issues concerning social justice raised by Hill Havurah members as well as requests for support from other organizations, and identify those issues and activities that merit our organizational support.

Tzedek, or justice, is a key word in the book of Devarim – most famously in the verse: “Justice, justice you shall pursue, so that you may thrive and occupy the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

Hill Havurah undertakes actions to support social action based on Jewish laws and ethics, striving to create a world that is just and kind. Practical considerations also come into play, such as the number of activities the Havurah should support or participate in each year.

Members opt to participate in social justice and charitable activities on a strictly voluntary basis, based on their own interests, priorities, and personal beliefs. The Tzedek Committee seeks to build consensus, but recognizes that, for some members, certain social justice activities may be controversial, and others will prefer to focus on other aspects of the Havurah such as educational programs and pastoral needs.

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All Events
  • Wednesday
    May  29
    Annual Meeting
    Wednesday, May 29th 7:30p to 9:00p

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  • Sunday
    Jun  2
    "Mag" B'Omer End of Year Picnic
    Sunday, Jun 2nd 11:30a to 1:00p
    Join the Hill Havurah religious school families and larger community for an end of year/Mag* B'omer picnic with food, field games, and fun! *The holiday is really called Lag B'Omer, lag representing the number 33 in Hebrew because it falls on the 33rd day of the Omer (the period of 49 days between Passover and Shavuot) but since this celebration will be on the 43rd day of the Omer, we're calling it "Mag B'Omer" which means 43!

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  • Saturday
    Jun  8
    Shabbat Morning Service - Chizuk
    Shabbat, Jun 8th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Join us for a special Shabbat morning service led by and honoring our 10th grade students who have completed the Chizuk program. More information on the Chizuk program: While Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies mark a young person’s entry into Jewish adulthood, Tenth Grade Chizuk provides high school-aged teens with the opportunity to confirm their place in the Jewish community, and to commit themselves to Jewish learning and Jewish life. Confirmation around age sixteen first became a Jewish tradition in the Reform Movement in the 1800s, when the movement questioned a child’s ability to commit to a tradition at the young age of thirteen. Now, many Jewish communities mark intention with B’nai Mitzvah and commitment with this tradition, around the time of Shavu’ot -- the holiday which marks our receiving and assenting to the Torah as a people at Sinai. Our teens have chosen to name the process Chizuk, or Strengthening, since through this process they are strengthening their already strong Jewish identities and commitments.

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  • Sunday
    Jun  9
    Shavuot Dinner and Wine Tasting
    Sunday, Jun 9th 6:00p to 8:00p
    Dairy dinner, with special wine tasting led by community member Gabor Banfalvi of Taste Hungary. Sunday, June 9, 6:00-8:00 pm in the Parish Hall, 212 East Capitol Street, NE. Limited number of seats available. Shavu’ot is the day when we celebrate receiving the Torah, and it’s also one of our harvest festivals. We’ll have a traditional dairy dinner together, hear and sing a few songs for the holiday, and then learn from Gabor Banfalvi about different wines to celebrate the harvest element of the day.

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  • Saturday
    Jun  15
    Shabubbles & Brunch: Tot Shabbat service with PJ Library
    Shabbat, Jun 15th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Join us in Lincoln Park for a special Tot Shabbat service in conjunction with PJ Library!

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  • Tuesday
    Jun  18
    Discussion Group on Anti-Semitism and Racism
    Tuesday, Jun 18th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Registration required.

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  • Friday
    Jun  21
    Pizza Shabbat and Sing along
    Friday, Jun 21st 6:00p to 7:00p
    Join Rabbi Hannah for Pizza and a shabbat sing-along

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  • Friday
    Jun  21
    Kabbalat Shabbat and Potluck Dinner
    Friday, Jun 21st 7:00p to 9:00p
    Join Rabbi Hannah as she leads us in welcoming Shabbat with a spirited service followed by a potluck. We supply the wine and drinks, congregants bring a dairy or vegetarian dish.

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  • Saturday
    Jul  6
    Torah Study (with coffee!)
    Shabbat, Jul 6th 9:00a to 10:00a
    Torah Study (with coffee!)

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  • Saturday
    Jul  6
    Shabbat Morning Service
    Shabbat, Jul 6th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Join Rabbi Hannah as she leads our short and accessible Shabbat morning service followed by a light kiddush.

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In June, 2017 the Hill Havurah Board established Operating Guidelines for Tzedek (Social Justice) Committee and also approved three Congregational Positions recommended by the committee for action during the coming year. Additional information on Tzedek Committee can be found at the following links:

 

Sat, May 25 2019 20 Iyar 5779