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
- Support literacy for our Lower Merion students, join Zion Baptist at their Box Lunch and a Book Program.
- Help at a hunger relief program, LM Summer Cafe, Great hands-on opportunities!
- Make salads to be distributed at local food pantry.
- Help needed Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm at Mainline Reform Temple to pack Food Bags for Lower Merion families that will not be getting free/low cost breakfast and lunch over summer.
Food for our Neighbors in Need this Summer
Volunteer Drivers Needed
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.