Shedding New Light on Jewish Traditions

Social Action/Tikkun Olam

Illustration of the Earth being sewn together by three sets of hands of different colorsTikun Olam translated means the repair of the world. At Or Hadash this means assisting families in times of need (our Hesed Committee), 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 (see attached recipes), and participated in cooking for Aid for Friends.