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.

2023 Highlights

  • Interfaith support and collaboration with Middle Collegiate Church, one of the oldest continuous Protestant churches in North America, following a devastating fire
  • Sisterhood‘s Food For Families fed thousands of hungry New Yorkers
  • Engaged in Keshet training to improve equality of the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Signed on to multiple amicus briefs in support of immigrant rights

There are myriad opportunities for the East End Temple Community to participate in Social Justice initiatives, including in-person and virtual programs. For more information about East End Temple’s Social Justice activities, please email info@eastendtemple.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • EET Eastside Schleppers, a volunteer apartment set-up team, works with Ruth’s Refuge to move household items, including furniture, for the newest New Yorkers. We need drivers, lifters and those who can manage furniture assembly. To learn more, please email Mark Levy (marklevy462@gmail.com). Ruth’s Refuge also accepts donations of home furnishings and household essentials.
  • Team TLC-NYC is a grassroots organization providing basic needs and support to asylum seekers and migrants. Volunteer info here.

Hawaii Wildfire Fund

In response to the devastating Hawaiian wildfires, Jewish Federations of North America launched a Hawaii Wildfire Fund for urgent humanitarian aid, including toiletries, first-aid kits, non-perishable foods, baby supplies and more, that will support those affected by the fires. Jewish Federation partners are on the ground to assess additional needs. Click here to donate.  

Support Ukraine

from The Ukrainian Institute of America:
What can I do?

  • Stay informed with credible sources of news like The Atlantic Council UkraineAlert.
  • Contact your state and local representatives and let them know you support the strongest measures possible to constrain Ukraine’s aggressors. Find your congressional representatives with this link.
  • For more information on supporting Ukraine, click here.