Tikkun Olam (Hebrew for “world repair”) has come to connote social action and the pursuit of social justice. The phrase has origins in classical rabbinic literature and in Lurianic kabbalah, a major strand of Jewish mysticism originating with the work of the 16th-century kabbalist Isaac Luria.
Living It Out
Social Justice is a key tenet to living a meaningful and responsible Jewish life. East End Temple participates lives out social justice in myriad ways. Within the past year, we have:
- Prepared and packed thousands upon thousands of meals for the needy with our monthly Food for Families program.
- Learned about the immigration crisis with activist Ravi Ragbir and Professor Alina Das from the NYU School of Law.
- Hosted Accompaniment Training sessions with the New Sanctuary Coalition, in support of immigrant rights.
- Proud members of the Synagogue Coalition on the Immigration and Refugee Crisis (with one of our community members being appointed its Vice President!)
- Became one of 100+ congregations in the Reform Movement to sign a Brit Olam in dedication to social justice in key areas.
- Signed onto multiple amicus briefs in support of immigrant rights and opposing the construction of the border wall.
- Joined RAC-NY and its efforts to pass Green Light NY.
- Redoubled interfaith collaboration in our area, including an interfaith Seder with the Cordoba House (Muslim community) and St. Francis Xavier (Catholic community).
- Taken part in, cosponsored, and led numerous rallies in support of immigrant rights and against the separation of families.