Tikkun olam (Hebrew for “world repair”) has come to connote social action and social justice. The phrase has origins in classical rabbinic literature and in mysticism.
The term “mipnei tikkun ha-olam”(perhaps best translated in this context as “in the interest of public policy”) is used in the Mishnah(the body of classical rabbinic teachings codified circa 200 C.E.).The phrase tikkun olam was first used to refer to social action work in the 1950s and remains connected with human responsibility for fixing what is wrong with the world.
Contemporary usage of the phrase shares with the rabbinic concept of mipnei tikkun ha-olam a concern with public policy and societal change, and with the kabbalistic notion of tikkun the idea that the world is profoundly broken and can be fixed only by human activity.Now, tikkun olam is most often used to refer to a specific category of mitzvot involving work for the improvement of society.
Social Justice Interests:
Are you interested in doing more for social justice through Temple Beth Israel? Please fill out the survey below to tell us about your social justice interests.
What’s Your Good Idea/Activity?
Do you have a plan or idea for how the temple community can promote TO and get more involved? Please submit your good idea/activity at the url below, and tell us how the TOC and the temple community can help you enact it.
What has TOC done?
TOC contributed to funding the conestoga hut that now stands in the TBI parking lot. The Conestoga Hut Project of St. Vincent de Paul’s Car Camping Program helps to provide transitional shelters to unhoused people in our greater community.
TOC responded to police shootings of unarmed Black men by calling a 2-hour Think & Listen circle. About 25-30 TBI Members gathered to discuss emotions, perceptions, and information to consider why it’s important that the Jewish community address this issue.
TOC, working alongside 4J educators, BLM, Native American Student Union, 350 Eugene, and 4J Natives Program, organized two recent fundraising dinners that raised over $6,500 for direct relief to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Protectors against the DAPL.
Refugee Relief Kit Drive
Despite uncertainty about refugees entering the U.S., we have not stopped caring about refugee families. Conditions in refugee camps are even more difficult because of this uncertainty and hopelessness refugees face regarding the future.
We at TBI can bring help and hope to a refugee family by providing a relief kit or making a monetary contribution that will help fund these kits. A relief kit supplies the most basic items such as towels, soap, toothbrushes and shampoo.
Please see the information posted in the TBI lobby. Geraldine Moreno is representing TBI in the Refugee relief kit drive sponsored by the Refugee Resettlement Coalition of Lane County, TBI’s Tikkun Olam Committee and other faith communities. Additional information, an example of a relief kit, and a collection bin are available in the TBI Lobby. Please contact Geraldine if you have questions, would like to make a donation or need a kit to be picked-up. We encourage you to work with others to prepare kits. All donations are tax deductable and Geraldine can provide a receipt. Thank you for supporting this effort.
Download Relief Kit Needs.