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Social Action/Tikkun Olam
Tikun Olam translated means the repair of the world. At Or Hadash this means assisting families in times of need, as well as participation in community-wide responses to misfortune. It means encouraging individual and communal responses to pressing political and social questions. It means that we are concerned with the wide range of issues -- Jewish and non-Jewish -- that affect our world.
The Social Action/Tikkun Olam (SATO) Committee initiates and carries out social action projects within the congregation that connect its members to the larger community outside of Or Hadash. These projects involve members from across the age and interest spectrum of the congregation, and allow people to spend a few hours, a few days, or more volunteering in meaningful ways. Students are also encouraged to participate and can use these projects for their B‘nai Mitzvah or Confirmation requirements. Or Hadash has hosted homeless families for a month as part of a community-wide consortium of congregations, provided home-made soup to a local food pantry, and participated in cooking for Aid for Friends.
A sub-committee of SATO, the Environmental Working Group conducts programs and activities that educate about and take action for the maintenance and improvement of the environment in the synagogue or in the general community.
As you already know hunger and food insecurity are our theme for the year. With that in mind we wanted to bring a few action items to your attention:
Watch a Movie - "A Place at the Table - One Nation. Underfed." is a fantastic movie available On Demand and through iTunes as a download. One of the three stories takes place right here in Philadelphia. More information is available here: http://www.takepart.com/place-at-the-table/film and a movie summary is below.
Fifty million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.
Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all. For the first 100,000 tickets, downloads or book purchased, Plum Organics will donate one essential nutrition pouch to a baby or toddler.
Incorporate hunger and food insecurity into your seder - incorporate the theme of hunger into your own seder. See the attachment below.
Hunger knows no time of year, week or day. For those that go without the necessary food it is something that they live with every hour of their lives. Our hunger related theme will continue with a spring collection and education about what critical items are NOT covered by food stamps. We will conclude with a congregational volunteer day at the Jewish Relief Agency on Sunday, June 2nd.
|Chametz Food Drive Cereal 2014.pdf||55.38 KB|
|What Food Stamps Don't Cover-Flyer||9.71 KB|
|Be The Match - Anywhere||330.23 KB|
|Sheltering from the Elements - SATO 12-11||216.88 KB|
|Copycat Olive Garden Minest||21.46 KB|
|Creamy Vegetarian Lentil-Mu||19.24 KB|
|Veg soup-barley||234.75 KB|
|vegetarian times article w-6 recipes||1.78 MB|
|white bean-chicken noodle-escarole soup||25.41 KB|
|Aliza Green's Winter Vegetable Soup.pdf||56.82 KB|
|Soup Flyer 2013||99.8 KB|
|A Message from the SATO CommitteeSpring 2013||12.27 KB|
|The Hunger Seder for Or Hadash||155.8 KB|
|Peanut Butter 5774||10.9 KB|
|IFHN 2013 volunteer needs||24.65 KB|
|Soup instructions 2014.pdf||128.92 KB|
|The mission of Aid for Friends.pdf||9.81 KB|