Social Action is the backbone of the Or Chadash community. We engage in a range of activities to fill the Jewish commitment to Gemilut Hasidim (deeds of kindness) and Tikkun Olam (repair of the world). This commitment leads to involvement in the LGBT community, the Jewish community, and the local community of Edgewater/Lakeview.
Every year, Or Chadash participates in the AIDSWALK, the High Holiday Food Collection for the Ark, and distribution of Ma'ot Chitim food baskets at Jewish Holidays. We also choose one or two local organizations as partners in assisting the needy. In recent years, we have partnered with the Night Ministry, a Chicago organization that works to provide housing, health care and human connection to members of the community who struggle with poverty and/or homelessness.
The congregation gives all of our members a Tzedakah box and, several times a year, we collect these and donate the proceeds to an outside organization. Past recipients have included Shalva (to aid Jewish victims of domestic abuse), NJGLS (the National Jewish Gay & Lesbian Student Association), Jerusalem Open House, and the URJ Hurrricane Sandy Relief Fund.