A Commitment to Tikkun Olam
The Tikkun Olam Center for Jewish Social Justice provides the means for all our members to engage in social activism with our highest vision and values as Reform Jews.
The Temple Sinai Tikkun Olam Center for Jewish Social Justice recognizes that “repairing the world” is a central, defining characteristic of Reform Judaism. It means that Jews are not only responsible for creating a model society among themselves, but also are responsible for the welfare of the society at large.
This vision calls for us to actively seek out opportunities to further our deeply held spiritual values in public life. This may require opening our building more to community organizing and to events of established and new groups looking for gathering space.
- Integrating social action into the culture of Temple Sinai as a part of the definition of what it means to be a Reform Jew.
- Seeking justice for all in the many communities in which we live — Tzedek, tzedek tirdof.
- Connecting with social justice issues that call for response within and beyond Temple Sinai.
- Advocating concerning social issues consistent with the vision and values of the Temple Sinai family (e.g., Darfur, environment, war, health care, poverty, education).
- Encouraging action in addition to advocacy.
- Enhancing our connection with the State of Israel and supporting social justice activities there.
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“It is not your responsibility to save the entire world but neither are you free from doing your part.”
– Rabbi Tarfon, Pirke Avot