What is Tikkun Olam?
“If you see what needs to be repaired and how to repair it, then you have found a piece of the world that G-d has left for you to complete.” Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Tikkun Olam is defined as acts of kindness to repair the world. Kesher Israel’s Tikkun Olam Committee is dedicated to the values of Justice (tzedek), Compassion (hesed), and Peace (shalom). Our goal is to help members of Kesher Israel demonstrate these values in our communities: within the walls of KI, in the West Chester and Chester County region, and the world!
Here are some upcoming activities:
Restaurant FUNd Raisers (helping KI)
Each month, we host a restaurant FUNd Raiser at a restaurant near you! If you eat at the restaurant (or take out) and bring the necessary flyer (available in the KI office), 20-25% of your food bill will be donated back to Kesher Israel.
Sunday, December 16: Righteous Tap House, West Chester
Go for Brunch, Lunch or Dinner!
Safe Harbor (Feeding the hungry)
Congregants cook on the 2nd Tuesday of the month for the facility which provides shelter, food, and referral opportunities to the men and women of Chester County who have slipped through public and personal support systems and become homeless. This is a terrific Bar/Bat Mitzvah Project! And volunteers are always welcome.
For more information, contact Hal Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shabbat Challah Delivery Program (Taking care of sick people)
Every Friday, a volunteer delivers a Shabbat bag including challah rolls, electric candles, grape juice and a cup, a kippah and printed copy of the prayers to patients at Chester County Hospital. Volunteers welcome!
For more information or to volunteer, contact Hugh Bleemer at email@example.com
Mitzvah Circle (Taking care of neighbors in crisis and the chronically poor)
Mitzvah Circle Foundation is a Harleysville, PA nonprofit dedicated to meeting critical material needs of people struggling with crisis, poverty, serious illness, and homelessness. In response to referrals from community organizations, Mitzvah Circle volunteers prepare personalized boxes of necessities which are distributed at local community sites.
Kesher Israel is the first synagogue and the first distribution center for western and southern Chester County. We need volunteer drivers to get the boxes from the main distribution center in Harleysville to KI.
It is a once a month commitment on a Monday or Tuesday between 8:30 and 2:00, at your convenience. It involves picking up prepared boxes to bring to KI. A volunteer will be at KI to help unload boxes. If you are unable to volunteer to drive, we also need help collecting and packing donations, and being present at KI during distribution times.
Please contact Martha Rappaport to volunteer at firstname.lastname@example.org
MLK Day of Service (Caring for those in need)
Watch for details about making Blessing Bags in honor of Martin Luther King.
Families and individuals of all ages are welcome.
Jan. 21, 2019 10am-Noon
Jewish Relief Agency (Feeding the hungry)
Join your fellow KI members at the Jewish Relief Agency where we will be packing and delivering food as a group to families in need.
All ages are welcome. March 17, 2019
ALL KI EVENTS CAN INCLUDE TIKKUN OLAM
Whenever there is a KI gathering, we encourage organizers to include an act of generosity by collecting something for our less fortunate neighbors. Watch the eLink for suggestions of what to collect each month.
December: Diapers, coats, hats and gloves of all sizes
AND, IF YOU WANT TO…
Welcome refugees, GO HERE: www.hias.org
Help animals, GO HERE: SPCA Wish List.pdf