By Molly Cram, Senior Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager, Moishe House
For many, tikkun olam is not only a component of their Jewish identity but a way to live their Jewish values; however, it can also be a daunting task to have an impact as just one person or just one community. At times, it feels like a drop in the bucket.
In an effort to come together to have an impact on a few of these important issues and provide tailored resources, Moishe House residents, Moishe House Without Walls (MHWOW) hosts, and Moishe House staff voted on four pillars of Tikkun Olam for 2019.
These are four themes upon which we can all focus and build meaningful programming for our communities. As an organization, our goal is to have every Moishe House, 100 Moishe House Without Walls (MHWOW) hosts, and every Moishe House staff member participate in at least one pillar in 2019.
“It is not incumbent upon you to complete the work, but neither are you at liberty to desist from it” (Pirkei Avot 2:16)
We may not solve global climate change or provide clean drinking water for all, but we do feel we have an obligation to do something.
To date, in 2019, 29 Moishe Houses, five MHWOW hosts and eight Moishe House staff members have participated in one of the four Tikkun Olam Pillars.
14 Moishe Houses and MHWOW hosts across North America hosted Pink Shabbats in partnership with Sharsheret and in line with the pillar Mental and Physical Health & Wellness to bring awareness to breast and ovarian cancers.
Moishe House Baltimore engaged in the pillar, Prejudice, Discrimination & Oppression, and in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day, by watching the Netflix documentary, 13th and discussing the Baltimore justice system with the former Deputy Attorney General of Maryland.
The Charlotte Moishe House office came together for a lunch and learn to discuss how to go green as an office and do their part in the pillar Environmentalism and Global Climate Change.
We are hopeful that, collectively, we will have a true impact on a few of the important issues facing us today.