Kol Ami members are committed to practicing Tikkun Olam/repairing the world both in our individual lives and as a community. Throughout the year, our community engages in group Tikkun Olam activities, including a community-wide High Holidays activity. Representative projects include collecting household goods for refugees, food drives, preparing and delivering bagged meals to homeless adults, participating in a community clean-up at a neighborhood park, collecting blankets and toiletries for homeless adults, gleaning. and volunteering to help repair homes.
At this time of physical distancing, Kol Ami’s Caring Goes Virtual with several recommended activities within and beyond the congregation.
Kol Ami has a tradition of sponsoring a High Holidays Tikkun Olam Project and we’re not letting that Delta variant get in our way! Like our services, this year our Tikkun Olam project is online. For our project this year we will be supporting the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Even before the pandemic, demand for food assistance was on the rise. COVID has only made it worse. According to AFAC (quoting the Capital Area Food Bank’s Hunger 2020 Report) 15,870 individuals in Arlington are food insecure (having limited or uncertain access to food, reduced food intake, and disrupted eating patterns). Last year, AFAC served 14,150 total individuals, or 89% of reported food insecure individuals. During the first months of the pandemic, grocery store donations to AFAC dropped by 25%, while the number of eligible referrals jumped by 45% and the number of families served rose by 33%. You can learn more about AFAC and how it serves people in need in our community here. If you want to participate, please donate at this link https://www.kolamivirginia.org/donate/ and note that this donation is for AFAC. Thank you!!
Members are also encouraged to find and share individual Tikkun Olam activities. We support members’ Tikkun Olam projects that 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.