What is Tikkun Olam?
The highest form of wisdom is kindness -The Talmud
"Tikkun Olam" is the act of giving back and performing acts of kindness for others, specifically those in need. As human beings and as Jews, we want to leave our world a better place than we entered it. The concept of tikkun olam, repairing of the world, is strongly rooted in our Jewish tradition. We as members of Temple Etz Chaim practice this by reaching out locally and globally to help ensure that future generations can enjoy the same or an even better community, country, and world than we have today.
The members of Temple Etz Chaim are active in many ongoing projects listed below. We also organize special projects based on community need and member interest. We invite you to join us in one of our ongoing or special projects. We welcome your ideas for projects - if you have a project you’d like to make happen, please let us know so we can help get your project off the ground and give it the support it deserves.
We are part of a community of doers. We ask all members to commit to 4 hours of Social Action each year. By taking the time to support or participate in just one event, you can make a difference in our tikkun olam efforts. Or, you can do it in bits and pieces. Remember, this commitment works out to just 20 minutes per month. Plus, it’s a great way to meet fellow congregants. Help us meet our congregation-wide goal of increasing our overall involvement in the community!
We organize special projects based on community need and member interest. Join us in one of our teams, ongoing activities, and special projects. We meet monthly to plan activities and are on hiatus until this summer. For more information, contact Judy Gindi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get involved, learn more about the below Social Action and Interfaith Interaction programs, and share your ideas, please attend our Social Action/Interfaith Interaction monthly meetings.
Temple Etz Chaim proudly sponsors
Harbor House - Thousand Oaks - Harbor House hopes to contribute to the building of a just community where all people are included. We see all human beings as worthy of our time and our efforts. We offer referrals, resources, case management, and a hand up for those who are struggling. It is our goal to help all people in our community find hope, gainful employment, affordable housing, and a sense of personal well being.
Feeding the Needy - Organized by Lynne Katz. Members of TEC participate with Calvary Church in feeding those less fortune or struggling one day a month. For more information and to volunteer please contact Lynne Katz at email@example.com.
- Walk to End Genocide - The Walk to End Genocide is a community event that brings together advocates of all ages and backgrounds in one united voice to say: “we will not stand idly by while genocide and mass atrocities occur.” The Walk increases awareness of current ongoing atrocities and raises funds for Jewish World Watch to continue its work educating, advocating, and supporting projects in conflict-affected communities. To register for the walk and for more information, click here. Temple Etz Chaim has proudly partnered with Jewish World Watch since its inception 15 years ago. This short video helps explain some of the incredible work they do. THIS VIDEO CONTAINS SOME GRAPHIC IMAGERY.
- Mitzvah Day - First Sunday in November. Mitzvah Day includes multiple activities to help the world from electronics recycling to the food drive. Activities change each year. Check back for more information as it becomes available.
- Blood Drive - Twice a year, in March/April and on Mitzvah Day, the first Sunday in November, Temple Etz Chaim and Temple Adat Elohim come together with VITALANT (formerly United Blood Services) for one of the largest Blood Drives in the Conejo Valley. Schedule your appointment with Debra Levine by text/phone (818) 271-1307 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Adopt a Family - Donate gifts to needy families during the holiday season. For more information, please contact Judy Gindi at email@example.com.
A great way to meet our neighbors and learn more about ourselves
- Women's Interfaith Network - monthly meetings.
- Conejo Valley Refugee Welcome Team - meets occasionally. Please contact Mark Goldstein at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this as well as the Women's Interfaith Network.