Tikkun Olam

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 tell them you are there for the Kesher Israel fundraiser, 15-25% of your food and drinks bill will be donated back to Kesher Israel.

Tuesday, March 12    Sovana Bistro      5-10PM

696 Unionville Road

Kennett Square, PA

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Monday, March 25     California Tortilla Exton     5-9PM

284 Main St.

Exton, PA


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  familycohen@comcast.net

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 hbleemer@yahoo.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 rappitup@verizon.net

 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


Whenever there is a KI gathering, we encourage organizers to include an act of generosity by collecting something for our less fortunate neighbors.  There is always a need for diapers, wipes, feminine hygiene pads, baby formula, socks and reusable water bottles.



Work on Gun Safety, contact Sara Bleemer at bleemers@aol.com

Welcome refugees, GO HERE:  www.hias.org

Help animals, GO HERE:  SPCA Wish List.pdf