Tikkun Olam (Perfecting the World)

mini VCTRY youth group recycling
Mini-VCTRY Youth Group recycling

Social Action at TBT

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.

Our Social Action Committee works to meet the challenges of those in need in our community, support Israel and Jews throughout the world, address social issues and to improve the lives of local school children. These are some of our projects over the past 18 months:

  • Providing a weekly Tutoring Program for over 50 children
  • Helping refugee children separated from their parents by sending new clothing and supplies
  • Responding to the local fire by donating to the two Jewish camps and by replacing bicycles to children who had lost theirs through our ongoing bike collection
  • Supporting our Temple youth at their events, such as by staffing the bake sale at the Purim carnival to raise money for TBT camperships
  • Continuing advocacy for Israel through petitions to legislators and donations to organizations such as the GHIS school in Israel.  
  • Financial donations to organizations that support Jewish students in the US; Jews in the Ukraine, as well as a Puerto Rican water project and other humanitarian programs throughout the world
  • Participating in Reproductive Rights programs and hosting the annual Roe v. Wade event
  • Sponsoring a High Holy Day Food and Clothing Drive to benefit Food Share, Brotherhood Food Distribution, with special emphasis on the needs of Children and Foster Kids
  • Assisting the local homeless by advocacy though active membership in local interfaith organizations and ongoing collection of sundries and clothing.
  • Supporting River Haven, a local housing program for the homeless, by providing monthly dinners for residents, donation of housing units, and construction of a lighting system.
  • Establishing the Helping Hand program to loan medical devices to our congregants
  • Providing a battery disposal opportunity for recycling
  • Participating with Rabbi Lisa and community members at rallies and City Council meetings to promote our values

None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the support and participation of our congregants.  Every member of TBT is a member of our Social Action program.

Please join us with your ideas on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.