Tikkun Olam (Social Action)

TIKKUN OLAM

“Justice, justice, you shall pursue.” (Deut 16:20)

Beit Haverim promotes, facilitates and shares in diverse social action activities in response to the core principle of Jewish ethics: Tikkun Olam – mending the world.

Beit Haverim has a longstanding commitment to social action – setting in motion the ideals and values of our traditions through deeds of justice and compassion. Our activities include organizing various drives throughout the year and providing support to needy members of our community through targeted programs.

As we pursue the important work of creating a better world, we strengthen the relationships within our congregation and broaden our connections to other communities. In doing so, we develop a better awareness and understanding of our responsibility to each other. We show that we care, mentor our children and create meaningful change.  All are invited and encouraged to participate in the work of social justice.

PROJECTS INCLUDE

  • West Linn Food Pantry
  • Oregon Food Bank
  • Jewish National Fund Collections for Trees For Israel
  • PAWTeam Supply Drive
  • Men’s shelter dinners
  • Household Item donations to Hand to Hand (Jewish Federation of Portland) for those in need
  • Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Nothing But Nets
  • Ideas and suggestions are always welcome

For more information about any programs and to become involved, please contact our Tikkun Olam Chairperson, Barbara Gold

Tikkun Olam Projects

Blood Drive:

Beit Haverim works with the American Red Cross to collect blood for those in need.  Check our calendar or newsletter for the next blood drive, and please consider donating.  It takes just a short amount of time and YOU can save up to THREE LIVES with your donation of a pint of blood.

Please dontact Dena Gutterman for details of how to schedule your donation.

 

Annual Food Drive:

Beit Haverim members and guests gathered 508 lbs of food during our High Holiday Food Drive.  We are so pleased to be able to contribute to the food needs of our neighbors. Thanks to everyone who donated. Please do so again this year during the High Holy Days.

 

Thanksgiving Basket Drive:

Each year, Beit Haverim helps gather food for Thanksgiving baskets collected by Jewish Family & Child Services. In past years we have collected enough so that 150 families would be able to have an abundant Thanksgiving dinner, and we surpassed our goal by collecting 162 packets of gravy mix.  Just wait till next year!

 

Sandwich Project:

Students in our Religious School roll up their sleeves,  put on their plastic gloves, and work hard to make sandwiches for hungry homeless people. The children then bag the sandwiches with an apple to make a nice meal.  A  couple of wonderful school moms took the sandwiches downtown to deliver them in time to be handed out for dinners.  We will do so again this year, with the help of Religious School parents and helpful students.

If you want to be a part of our wonderful Tikkun Olam committee, please contact Barbara Gold.