Tikkun Olam – תיקון עולם

Or Shalom is committed to tikkun olam, repairing injustice and inequity in the world. Read the Tikkun Olam Coordinating Committee’s terms of reference.

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Thank you to all in our community who contributed tzedakah suggestions for Empty Our Pockets, Or Shalom’s High Holiday Tzedakah Drive!

Most of the organizations recommended were new to us, which is testimony to our community’s diverse engagement and activism on a variety of fronts. We dearly wish we could have contributed to each of them.

At the end of this announcement is a list of all the suggestions we received with links to their respective websites. 

A reminder that all online donations are tax-deductible.

A word about selection: 

The Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS), for many years an organization Or Shalom is proud to support, has been designated an ongoing recipient.

For each of the remaining four (4) spots, we are committed to donate for two consecutive years, and since New Israel Fund/Tag Meir (NIFC) is entering its second year as beneficiary, just three (3) additional spots remained.

This year’s worthy Tzedakah recipients: DONATE HERE

  1. (Continuing, Local)

Battered Women 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.

  1. (Continuing, Israel)

Tag Meir/New Israel Fund Canada (NIFC): 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. 

  1. (New, Global, Peace)

Ukrainian Stop the War Coalition: A network of groups and activists resisting the Russian invasion and supporting peace-building efforts for future reconciliation through supporting nonviolent resistance, promoting war resistance, and strengthening the social fabric in the Ukraine, especially between internally displaced people and their host communities.

  1. (New, Local, Indigenous)

Kilala Lelum: Kílala Lelum (Urban Indigenous Health and Healing Cooperative) aims to partner Indigenous Elders with physicians and allied health professionals to provide physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual care to the community in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.


  1. (New, Local, Jewish Youth)

Moishe House Vancouver: Moishe House is an organization that supports a network of homes around the world where young Jewish adults live and hold events for their community. Our Moishe House, your community Moishe Home.


This year’s worthy Tzedakah candidates, submitted by the community but not selected for 5783/2022:

We hope you will read about these terrific organizations and perhaps consider making a donation on your own, if you feel moved to do so!

David Suzuki Foundation: Works to conserve and protect the environment and create a sustainable Canada, collaborating with non-profit and community organizations as well as all levels of government, business and individuals.

Leket Israel: Leading food organization in Israel, rescuing surplus agricultural produce from hotels, military bases, catering halls and farms and distributing to those in need.

Museum of Anthropology – Native Youth Program: Summer program providing education and training for Indigenous youth 15-18.

The Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF): Bereaved Israeli and Palestinaian families working together to oppose the occupation and to influence the public and political decision makers to choose reconciliation and the path of peace: an end to the violence and achievement of an accepted political agreement. 

Standing Together: Seeks to unite Israelis and Palestinians in a true partnership based on shared interests and vision for the future, inspiring progressives to action and turning them into a powerful political force (like Tag Meir, a beneficiary of NIFC).

Urban Native Youth Association: Providing meaningful opportunities for Indigenous youth (Aboriginal, Metis, Inuit, First Nations, Status, Non-Status) in the urban setting. UNYA strives to support Indigenous youth by providing a diverse continuum of advocacy, preventative and support services that respond to their immediate and long-term needs.

Thank you for this opportunity to serve our community and our world!

The Tikkun Olam Co-ordinating Committee of Or Shalom

Mary Adlersberg, Michal Fox, Jane Heyman, Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, Alexis Kellum-Creer, Avril Orloff

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.


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