Social Action

Tikkun Olam

As Jews we are obligated to pursue justice and Tikkun Olam.  These words echo like the sound of the shofar, calling us to action and announcing who we are and what we do.  They are a declaration of our purpose, a commitment to fulfilling our responsibilities, and the values we have been pursuing for well over 2,000 years.

We at Temple Ner Tamid view Tikun Olam not only in its literal translation of repairing the world but also in the larger context of reconnecting to that which is bigger than ourselves.

…as such, for us, Tikkun Olam is also about:

  • Responsibility
  • Community
  • Hineini, being there for others

It is about living Jewishly, about study and understanding, about wrestling with text and the real world, about a vision of hope, of a better tomorrow and a more just world.  But most importantly it is about DOING.

The Tikkun Olam Committee is dedicated to facilitating the pursuit of these values.  Through outreach and coordination, through education, social action, and advocacy, our goal is twofold;

  • To make available to our community and our members the opportunities to find greater meaning in our lives for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children by involvement in programs and projects focused on those in need and addressing todays issues of immense concern: hunger, poverty, homelessness, the elderly, health care, education, slavery, civil rights, global warming, the environment, economic justice and more.
  • To help you find that place where passion and purpose meet.  We are not appealing to you to join the Tikkun Olam committee but rather urging you to participate in those activities and projects that most concern you… that you are most passionate about. You can be a volunteer with a defined job and time frame, or someone in a leadership role helping to facilitate or develop a project.  We all have different interests, abilities, and time constraints that will determine what we want to do and the nature and extent of our involvement.  The constant is our responsibility as Jews to act.

 “While the building of the world may be a communal responsibility, one we all share together in a covenant, each of us has to do it individually.”

Tikkun Olam is a major part of the lives of TNT members and many people are involved in a whole range of different projects.  We should be proud of what we’re doing and the amount of things we are doing, while at the same time being aware that in this fragile and troubled world the shofar still calls to remind us that it is not nearly enough!

Below is posted what we call our “Tikkun Olam Resource Guide: Opportunities to make a difference”.  It is a listing of an entire range of programs and projects organized in three categories:

  • Ongoing programs
  • Those in the planning stages
  • Issues needing our attention and action 

We will be updating the status of these programs on a regular basis, including the list of contact persons once they have been confirmed.  If you have an issue of concern we have not listed, we will attempt to assist you in facilitating its undertaking.

If you have any questions, interest in any of the projects below, or concern about issues not listed, contact the designated contact person or Fred Pressman at shalom7107@gmail.com.

Chesed/Caring Committee

The Chesed/Caring Committee is a committee of volunteers that branch out within the temple community to help people in need. We might go to a shiva minyan, or drive someone to a service. We have volunteers who will drop off a meal, or just visit someone who is lonely. Our goal is to provide the temple community with a caring service when needed. If this is appealing to you, please feel free to join our meetings—we meet 4-6 times a year—or email Susan Goldstein at sgolds4727@aol.com.