“It is not up to you to complete the work,
but neither are you free to desist from it.”
(Pirke Avot 2:21)
Rabbi Marla Feldman said, “It has become axiomatic that to be a Jew is to care about the world around us. To be a Reform Jew is to hear the voice of the prophets in our head; to be engaged in the ongoing work of tikkun olam; to strive to improve the world in which we live.”
Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) is our Jewish mandate to do what we can to make the world a better place. It has become synonymous with social action and the pursuit of social justice.
At Temple Etz Rimon we believe that social action and social justice is reflective of all Jewish values and includes projects that give back to the world and our community inside and outside of the temple. We believe it includes humanitarian efforts that combat starvation, inadequate housing, and the fair and equal treatment of all individuals regardless of their religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. We have supported many meaningful projects, including those designed to combat human rights violations and poverty, encourage conservation, fight terrorism, and protect animals.
If you would like to make a difference in our community and be a part of repairing the world, join our Tikkun Olam Committee. Download and send the temple your completed Tikkun Olam Committee form, or call the temple at 760.929.9503 for more information.