Kol Ami members are committed to practicing Tikkun Olam both in our individual lives and as a community. Throughout the year, our community engages in Tikkun Olam activities including a food drive over the High Holidays, preparing and delivering bagged meals to homeless adults, participating in a community clean-up at a neighborhood park, and collecting blankets and toiletries for homeless adults. Additional activities have included gleaning and volunteering to help repair homes.
We support members’ Tikkun Olam projects they are interested in leading. We focus on projects where members can be actively involved and the work addresses a local need. It is an honor to participate in the Jewish tradition of helping to repair our world and community.
Kol Ami has a long tradition of running a Food Drive as a Tikkun Olam Project at the High Holidays. This year, in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we are doing a different project. Although the local need for the Food Bank hasn’t gone away, the need in the communities affected by Harvey and Irma is huge and acute. The people affected by these disasters are looking for ways to repair their worlds in ways both metaphoric and literal. Accordingly, we are dedicating this year’s High Holidays Tikkun Olam to those relief efforts.
Participating in our project is as easy as making a donation to the organization of your choice that is working in the affected communities to help them with both immediate needs and longer term projects for rebuilding their lives and communities. If you don’t already have a preferred donation recipient and/or want to make a donation specifically to Jewish-organized relief efforts, you can check out:
The Institute for Southern Jewish Life, which works with Jewish communities in 13 southern states, including Florida and Texas, also has information and resources for learning about opportunities to help: http://www.isjl.org/
While making donations individually, this is a collective project and we hope to make an impact as a community, To that end, no donation is too small. Any amount you can afford to give will make a difference. Also, so we can track our collective effort, there will be a “Pledge Box” available at the High Holiday services in to which we ask participants to drop a note – anonymously – with the amount of their donations. We’ll tally up the donations and report back what our community has given collectively. We ask that your write a note with your donation amount and bring it with you to drop in the box at services. (We’ll have some preprinted sheets with various donation amounts you can use if you don’t want to write on the holiday.)