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.
Together, our community is:
Heeding Isiah’s Call to Clothe the Naked, Feed the Hungry
Lightly worn/new clothes requested, all sizes & seasons. Non perishable food needed. Volunteers to sort & deliver donations needed. Collection Box is in BAI’s Lobby. Contact Mitzvah@bethamisrael.org for more info.
Sharing a Holiday Meal
Need some place to go for a meal? Want to host?
Contact Mitzvah@bethamisrael.org for more info.
Making Mitzvah History
School supplies needed! Collection bin in the BAI lobby.
Click here for more information or how to get involved.
Packing & Delivering and delivering food with JRA
Sunday, Sept 16. Packing and local deliveries needed.
To RSVP or for more information click here.
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. LGBT 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.