Tikkun Olam – תיקון עולם

Social Action. Or Shalom is committed to tikkun olam, helping to repair the inequities in this world. Past tikkun olam projects have included sponsorship of refugees from Bosnia, fundraising for Rosa House (a centre for women and children war refugees in Zagreb, Croatia), participation in Vancouver’s annual Gay Pride Parade, and volunteering in the Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood around Or Shalom.

We are pleased to consider supporting any projects – whether they be for community welfare, environmental action, political change, etc. – which a group of members undertakes to organize. To initiate or support such action, or to make a donation towards any tikkun olam project, contact tikkun@orshalom.ca.

Charities Benefitting From Yom Kippur 5780 Tzedakah Contributions

Battered Women’s Support Services: Or Shalom identified BWSS as one of eight “leading lights” in our community four years ago and we have maintained a strong personal relationship with them over the years. We have continued to support them with our fashion show fundraisers as well as High Holidays tzedakah, and they have provided services to members of our congregation. We would like to maintain our connection with this organization that is doing such important work in our community, so we would like to continue donating 25% of our tzedakah to BWSS.

Rabbis for Human Rights: In our ongoing desire to support peace-building organizations and initiatives in Israel, we recommend allocating 25% of our tzedakah this year to Rabbis for Human Rights. RHR has been on the front lines of social justice work in Israel since 1988 and is the only rabbinic voice in Israel that is explicitly dedicated to human rights. In a time when a nationalist and isolationist understanding of Jewish tradition is growing in Israel, RHR is committed to the principle of justice for all God’s creatures, defending the rights of the marginalized and disenfranchised and championing justice, equality, and freedom for all.

Reconciliation Canada: Reconciliation Canada is an Indigenous-led organization that aims to invigorate relationships between Indigenous peoples and all Canadians by engaging individuals and communities in meaningful dialogue that can lead to transformation. Each of us has an important role to play in this process, because reconciliation begins with the individual and then flows outward into our families, relationships, workplaces, and communities. We believe that supporting reconciliation initiatives is foundational to building relationships with our Indigenous neighbours, which we have identified as one of the key focus areas for our Tikkun Olam work this year. As such, we recommend allocating 25% of our tzedakah to Reconciliation Canada.

Sustainabiliteens: Sustainabiliteens is a movement of young people from across Metro Vancouver whose goal is to make the fight for climate justice the movement of their generation. Inspired by Greta Thunberg, they have been striking on Fridays, demanding that the government take immediate and drastic action to address the climate crisis while also striving to create a caring community. Several Jewish teens are at the forefront of this movement, including Or Shalom member Malka Martz-Oberlander. As climate action is our other key focus area this year and an issue of utmost urgency, we wish to support the next generation in its important work and recommend allocating 25% of our tzedakah to Sustainabiliteens.

May 2019
Join Or Shalom’s Tikkun Olam Working Group!

Our small but mighty team is looking for new members to help us fulfill our holy work of helping to heal and repair the world. Since we can’t take on the entire world, we have decided to focus our efforts in two key areas this year: environmental issues and building relationships with our Indigenous neighbours. If you share our passion for this important work and are the kind of person who is willing to roll up your sleeves and organize projects or activities, we’d love to hear from you! We have some great ideas brewing already, but would like to hear yours too. And if you have connections in those communities and thoughts about how we might constructively partner with them, that would be most welcome too. Please contact us at tikkun@orshalom.ca if Tikkun Olam is where you want to put your energy at Or Shalom!

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