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Congregation Tikkun Olam

Our History 

In 1995, several Jewish families met to discuss their aspirations, dreams and needs.  We found that we shared many concerns about our lives and our community. These informal discussions were followed by regularly scheduled meetings, the objective of which was to concretize the emergent vision for our future.  We resolved that whatever we 'created' must stand for what we believe.  We wanted to be socially responsible. We acknowledged that, even as we seek consensus, it is critical for us to respect individual differences.

We hoped to engender a house of worship where people can worship God, study Torah, and assemble within a community of mutual respect and inclusion.

It was important that non-Jewish loved ones be welcome to be fully participatory.  We wished to emphasize, the moral, ethical and spiritual values that are intrinsic to Judaism.  We wanted to educate ourselves and our children to be good Jews. 

Congregation Tikkun Olam represents the culmination of these efforts.  The Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State on March 26, 1996.  The first formal meeting of the Board was held on July 28, 1996.  The first Service was held on Friday, August 30, 1996.  In 1999, Congregation Tikkun Olam was formally affiliated with the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC), now known as the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).

Our Philosophy

We exist as a home for all Jewish people and their families, where one can honor God through communal worship, Torah study and assembly. We strive to provide a community of friendship among Jewish and interfaith families.  Our congregation is open to all, including those who were not born Jewish.  We consider Judaism not only a religion, but also a culture and community of people bonded together by shared values and tradition. We welcome pluralism and embrace diversity.  We cherish the dynamic tension that is requisite in the spirit of inclusion, knowing that differences in people enrich our lives and help make us better Jews. We are responsible to educate our children and ourselves to be good Jews, not merely to practice Judaism.  We believe in individual freedom.  Each of us has the right to decide for ourselves those beliefs and practices to which we subscribe. We strive to be moral, ethical and honorable people, and we believe in social responsibility.  That is the spirit of Tikkun Olam; we dedicate ourselves to the improvement of the world.  We endeavor to ensure the continuity of the Jewish people and to promote the fundamental and enduring principles of Judaism. We believe in the universal goodness among all people and in the life that one leads.  We aspire to personal search for spiritual meaning.  We abide by the principles of Reform Judaism.

 

 

 

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