Or Shalom is committed to tikkun olam, repairing injustice and inequity in the world.
SAVE THE DATE for Faiths 4 Climate Justice Action!
As part of a multi-faith global initiative, Rabbi Hannah Dresner, the Or Shalom Board and the Tikkun Olam Co-ordinating Committee (TOCC) are inviting all community members to participate in a faith-based community action!
When and Where?
Sunday, Oct. 17, 2-4 p.m.
Creekside Park, 455 Quebec Street (next to Science World)
*Please note: location is subject to change*
Two weeks before the UN climate negotiations in Glasgow, multi-religious organizations across the world are standing together to apply moral and spiritual pressure on political and other influential leaders.
In community with VancouverGreenfaith, the local expression of Faiths 4 Climate Justice, the TOCC will be gathering in Jewish religious garb and with banners along with other local spiritual communities to demand that world leaders take immediate and necessary action to address the climate crisis.
We are proud to lead this action in the name of the Or Shalom Spiritual Community in demonstration of our shared values of Tikkun Olam.
In the face of the climate emergency, an existential threat now facing our planet and every living thing on it, we must act as a collective in concert with all of humanity.
Please note that COVID-19 protocols will be followed at all gatherings.
More details to come – stay tuned!
A donation to the Or Shalom Tzedakah Fund is a wonderful way to fulfill the mitzvah of tzedakah.
Tzedakah is collected in person at Erev Yom Kippur in the tradition to empty your pockets of any cash before entering the sanctuary for Kol Nidre, and, like last year, there is also a virtual “Empty Your Pockets” option to give electronically.
The Four Charities benefitting from High Holy Days 5782 Tzedakah Fund
The Or Shalom board is honoured to ratify the Tikkun Olam Committee’s recommendations for the four organizations to receive Tzedakah funds from the High Holy Days 5782 Tzedakah Fund.
The Tikkun Olam Co-ordinating Committee’s selections were guided by the intention to support the important work of at least one local, one Israeli, one Indigenous and one climate organization.
The donations collected from the proceeds of the Tzedakah Fund, as well as both the physical Empty Your Pockets tzedakah bowl (available on Erev Yom Kippur) and the virtual Empty Your Pockets, will be divided equally among these four worthy organizations.
1. (Indigenous, Environment)
RAVEN Trust: RAVEN provides legal funds for Indigenous communities to protect their territories, partnering with Indigenous peoples to enable access to Canada’s justice system so that communities may mount and sustain legal challenges to industrial projects. In addition to Raven’s mandate to uphold Indigenous constitutional rights, their public education programs work to eliminate environmental racism and foster a greater understanding of Indigenous rights and governance.
Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS): Or Shalom identified BWSS as one of 8 “leading lights” in our community several years ago and we have maintained a strong personal relationship with them over the years. A feminist voice against violence and oppression, BWSS is a strong, dynamic organization that provides support and advocacy for women who have experienced abuse, as well as community education and training about violence against women.
3. (Israel Reparations)
New Israel Fund Canada (NIFC)/Shared Society Emergency Fund: The NIFC is a leading channel for Canadians to support a just and democratic Israel that upholds equality for all its citizens, as envisioned in its Declaration of Independence, and that upholds fundamental human rights for all those under its authority. The NIFC mobilizes Canadian Jews and other supporters to advance its vision through raising funds for projects in Israel and areas under its authority and through educating and engaging the public on the critical issues facing Israeli Society. The Shared Society Emergency Fund will raise money from around the world to combat racism, extremism, and incitement, advancing public legitimacy for Jewish-Arab partnerships, and bringing representatives of Palestinian citizenry into local and national decision-making.
4. (Youth, Environment, Local)
Sustainabiliteens: A movement of young people from across Metro Vancouver, united by urgency to stop climate catastrophe and a shared vision to exercise their agency to create a more just and sustainable world. Recognizing that their generation is inheriting environmental collapse and a world view that values corporate profit over people’s lives, Sustainabiliteens create space for youth to engage with these issues and lay the foundations for a future they can look forward to. With roots in climate striking, they now focus on pushing for policies to reduce emissions at a greater scale and speed, while also addressing the dual challenges of climate crisis and inequity. An example of recent work is their effective lobbying in municipal climate emergency planning.