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Tikkun Olam Community
TIKKUN OLAM OF ADATH ISRAEL
The Tikkun Olam committee is the community outreach arm of Adath Israel. Whether it is sending home-cooked meals to an ailing congregant or co-founding/sponsoring AI’s participation in the community service day on MLK’s birthday, Tikkun Olam represents the social conscience and soul of our community.
To create an infrastructure within Adath Israel whose purpose is to insure that the performance of “mitzvot” becomes a visible and permanent part of synagogue culture in order to benefit our membership, the greater community, and the education of our children, and to promote the value of Adath Israel membership.
MITZVAH PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS
The Mitzvah Food Pantry
Food collections continue to support the Mitzvah Food Pantry. Please bring in a bag of non-perishable food or personal care items and drop it in the grocery cart in the lobby. Remember, the shopping cart in the foyer is always ready to accept your food dropoffs!
The “Cook For a Friend” Program
Prepare 100 Meals for the Homebound. Join us as we prepare 100 scrumptuous meals for homebound in need. This is a fun, worthwhile and gratifying morning, from 9 AM to 12 Noon. Check the website and calendar for dates. We need people to cook, shop (list provided) and deliver (one stop in the Northeast). If you would like to help, please contact the office at 610-934-1919.
We sponsor a week of mitzvah programs which lead up to MLK day. Our goal is to have synagogue-wide participation in these programs.
The more people become involved with the Mitzvah Makers, the more we can achieve. Unlike so many other situations in your lives, we are asking only for your time. Help Mitzvah Makers by getting involved.
- Year-round food collection for local people in need
- Preparing meals for the needy (during holidays and times of difficulty)
- Representation and participation in the Martin Luther King Day of Service
- Communicating with and supporting congregants during milestone events (simchas, illness and loss)
- Helping to facilitate mitzvah projects for our members (children and adults)
Additional ways to participate in mitzvot include but are not limited to:
- Shiva Support
- Cooking Chain
- High Holiday Food Drive
- Hanukah Toy Drive
- B'Nai Mitzvah Projects
- Visits to Homebound Elderly
What is Tikkun Olam?
You are not required to complete the work, yet you are not allowed to desist from it.
- Pirkei Avot, 2:21
Tikkun Olam is the imperative to repair the world, so that it reflects the divine values of Justice (tzedek), Compassion (hesed), and Peace (shalom). Adath Israel’s Tikun Olam is dedicated to finding Jewish ways in which to improve the World. The concept of Tikkun Olam was created by Rabbi Isaac Luria in the city of Safed during the sixteenth century. Today, Tikkun Olam is identified with working for social justice, peace, freedom, equality, and the resotration of the environment.
Clearly, all three terms are connected with each other, and all are aspects of Tikkun Olam – repairing a broken world. Tikkun Olam is our Jewish mandate to do what we can to make the world a better place for all of God’s children. Tzedakah, of course, is charity – and it comes from the Hebrew word tzedek, which means justice. Thus, giving tzedakah is simply doing what is right and just. G’milut hasadim are deeds of loving-kindness – giving of our time, our energy, ourselves, to help others on a personal level. Cooking for the homeless, visiting the sick or the elderly, paying a condolence call, are all examples of g’milut hasadim. Social Action focuses on community work and engagement in activities that further Social Justice locally and globally. Social Action is striving to effect change in the laws of our country; protesting when wrongs are perceived; trying to make justice a reality for all. We hope that each and every one of you will engage in some aspect of Tikkun Olam, so that we can truly say we did our part to try to make God’s kingdom on earth a reality. Such deeds are truly wonderful family activities – it is time well spent, and teaches the values we want our children to live by throughout their lives.