In 2005, a group of dedicated and motivated Temple members
organized Tikkun Olam of Temple Emanu-El.
Tikkun olam literally means “to fix the world” and is considered a core value among Jews. At Emanu-El, the Tikkun Olam Committee identifies ways in which we, as a synagogue, can “lend a helping hand,” particularly through social-action projects that are intended to make life better for others in the community.
Our first event was a congregationwide Mitzvah Day,
at which we came together to help others in a variety of hands-on projects. In 2014, Temple Emanu-El celebrated its 10th Mitzvah Day. As part of this year’s program, it was announced that the congregation had donated $25,000 to build a school in Guatemala in honor of Rabbi Amy Ehrlich’s 26 years of service to Temple Emanu-El. The gift was made earlier this year, and the school in Chivaquib, Guatemala, was completed recently. The project was kept secret from Rabbi Ehrlich until it was announced during Mitzvah Day.
View photos and a video from this event »
We invite all Temple members to join our efforts and to experience the feeling of gratification that comes from helping others. Learn more about the multitude of mitzvah activities open to Temple members in the Mitzvah Messenger.
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