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Temple Emanu-El Tikkun Olam Committee Mission Statement:

A basic principle of our faith is Tikkun Olam, repairing the world through mitzvot, tzedakah, and g’milut hasadim, values deeply rooted in Jewish traditions. To assist our Temple Emanu-El family to work together in carrying out this obligation, the Tikkun Olam Committee coordinates Temple activities concerning Social Action and Social Justice. Social Action activities plan and carry out the mitzvot and charitable actions that help and assist those in need in our community. Social Justice activities work to address issues related to the root causes in our society that lead to the need for charity and assistance by trying to change the political environment that fosters disadvantages within our community.

Although the committee may be relatively small, we are making big plans based on our motto taken from Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Our catchphrase comes from Pirkei Avot, “Rabbi Tarfon said: ‘It is not incumbent upon you to finish the task. Yet, you are not free to desist from it.’” It all goes to prove that we can and must take action to improve our community for the betterment of us all.

The committee is composed of Temple Emanu-El members who volunteer their time and efforts to reach out to the congregation, engage their interests and lead their participation in our activities, to successfully achieve our goals. Some of our acts of Tikkun Olam at the Temple include: food drives, winter clothing collections, participation in Mitzvah Day, sponsoring Shabbat Services and other programs that help the hungry, the homeless and the oppressed and advocate for social change. The committee has listened to our members and has identified some issues of interest to the congregation that can be pursued in order to lead to a betterment of our Temple and our community.

Social justice actions at Temple Emanu-El are implemented with the help of the organization People Acting in Community Together (PACT). PACT is an inter-faith, grassroots organization of over 20 congregations that empowers everyday people to create a more just community. Through PACT, people from different ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds learn to work together to try to solve some of the pervasive social problems of our day. By way of examples of actions, PACT members have worked to resolve failing public schools, create affordable housing, provide low cost health care and improve safety in our neighborhoods.

We encourage all members to participate in Tikkun Olam. If you are interested and would like to help with this interesting and valuable work, please contact the Chair of the committee at to@templesanjose.com or call the Temple Office at (408) 292-0939.


Tikkin Olam Committee:
Do you want to make the world a better place? Interested in social justice issues or environmental issues? Please consider joining the
Tikkun Olam Committee. There are many ways to get involved.  Among other things, we will be working with the Religious Action Committee and the Center for Common Ground to help fight voter suppression and increase voter turnout. One easy action you can take is to fill out the voter pledge card here:  rac.org/pledge.  We are hoping to get 100% of our eligible congregants to pledge to vote. Interested in more actions? Join the book club listed below, and reach out to Sharon Genkin for more information on upcoming committee initiatives at shosh4511@comcast.net


Upcoming Events

August 6th - 7pm: Kickoff Event
August 11th - 7pm: Voter Engagement
August 18th - 7pm: Housing

Details and sign up here


How To Be An Anti-Racist Book Club

The Tikkun Olam Committee is sponsoring a book club on zoom, reading and discussing the book "How To Be  An Anti-Racist" by Ibram X. Kendi.  While hard copies of the book are sold out for now everywhere, the book is available for download on kindle or other devices, or read aloud by the author on Audible.    Please let  Sharon Genkin, who is facilitating the group, know that you are interested in joining the group and feel free to contact her  with any questions at shosh4511@comcast.net.  Our first meeting was ib Monday June 22 at 7 pm, and each week we discuss questions posed by the chapters we've read.

June 22 - Ch 1-2; June 29 -Ch 3-5; July 6 - Ch 6-8

Please let Sharon know you are interested in joining and sign up below.

https://www.templesanjose.org/event/anti-racism-book-club.html

 

 

Mon, September 21 2020 3 Tishrei 5781