Tikkun Olam (Repair the World)
“You are not obligated to complete the work of repairing the world, but neither are you free to desist from it.“
Rabbi Tarfon, Pirkei Avot 2:21 (Talmud)
We feel compelled to make our world a better place.
At BAI, we work to improve the lives of others through our monthly collection drives, service projects, and learning sessions about issues and organizations engaged in tikkun olam. Our collections are crisis-driven (e.g. toiletries to ICE detention centers) and also planned around known needs (e.g. food at holiday season). Many of our most successful, inspiring collections are spearheaded by our Beit Midrash and B’nai Mitzvah students as a component of their Mitzvah Project.
Join us as we Love our Neighbor
Help HIAS Help Refugees
HIAS needs furnishing for newly arriving refugees. Donate! Access the Amazon wish list today.
Be a Modern Day Noah
Support Philly Goat Project (new/gently used items needed, collection bin in BAI foyer). Yoga mats, spray bottles, tarps, towels/sheets, trash cans, paper towels, broom/dustpans, shovels, outdoor decor, rubber boots, hand sanitizer. Questions, contact Rachel Harmon
MLK Day of Service
We serve by visiting Jewish elders for Shabbat services and by packing food at the Jewish Relief Agency for those in need. We serve by building connections in our Main Line and Philadelphia communities through our interfaith activities like MLK Day, Unity Choir, our Interfaith Music Project, and our work with the Interfaith Center of Philadelphia.
We also serve by educating ourselves.
We bring community organization leaders and academics to BAI to talk with us about the needs and rights of vulnerable groups (e.g. the elderly and immigrants) and about current government policy and law (e.g. LGBTQ rights, religious freedom, the effect of integration in public schools). Some of our experts even reside right within our BAI community! We bring students from Middle-Eastern universities to BAI and invite them into our homes as part of a U.S. State Department summer program to educate the students about religious freedom and tolerance. We learn a tremendous amount too! Join us.