Tikkun olam (Hebrew: תיקון עולם) is a Hebrew phrase that means “healing the world” suggesting humanity’s shared responsibility to heal, repair, and transform the world. In Judaism, the concept of tikkun olam originated in the early rabbinic period and has developed over the millenium. For TBT, tikkun olam means that Jews are not only responsible for creating a model society among themselves, but also that we are responsible for the welfare of the society at large. This responsibility may, to varying degrees, be understood in religious, social and political terms.
Social Action at TBT
Our Social Action Committee is continuously looking to cure inequities. Among the issues the Committee has addressed are:
- Continued support of the Pictsweet Mushroom workers.
- Participated in hosting the Reproductive Rights programs.
- Collected sundries and medicines from TBT members and physicians to be taken to Cuban Jews on two visits made by SAC members.
- Co-sponsored two community forums at TBT on neurobiological disorders.
- Provided donations, publicity and participants for the annual Crop Walk Against Hunger.
- Continuous advocacy for Israel, Jews and social issues.
- High Holy Days food and clothing drives.
- Support of and attendance at Women of Vision conferences.
- Established a series of dialogues with the Pastor and members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Oxnard to further understanding of each other’s culture and religion.
- Sponsored a program with speakers from League of Women Voters to explain the initiatives in the election.
These are but a few of the many human rights efforts by our Social Action Committee.