Tikkun Ha-Olam – Repair the World Program

We Stand Connected"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ― Anne Frank

Tikkun olam תיקון עולם "repair of the world", as a concept in Judaism, is interpreted by modern movements in Judaism as a commandment for people to behave and act constructively and beneficially.

Documented use of the term dates back the Mishnaic period (270 BCE – 170 CE), and it is thought that the first use of the phrase tikkun olam in the United States happened in the 1950's, when the concept was first seen as a responsibility for Jewish people to work towards a better world. In modern movements of Judaism, the phrase tikkun olam means that Jews are not only responsible for creating a model society among themselves but also are responsible for the welfare of the society at large.

Upcoming Tikkun drives and events:

June 1 – 30
Covenant House California Sock and Underwear Drive
In honor of Pride Month, we are hosting a donation drive to support Covenant House California. Covenant House California is an Oakland-based shelter with a focus on providing a safe haven, education and resources for Bay Area youth ages 18-24. LGBTQ youth comprise 40 percent of all youth experiencing homelessness. They are in need of new, adult-size socks, underwear and boxers.

July 9 – 20
KIPP School Supplies Drive
As we gear up for the new school year, we are collecting school supplies and books for KIPP. KIPP (the Knowledge is Power Program) is a non-profit network of 209 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating early childhood, elementary, middle and high school students.

August 6 – 19
My New Red Shoes
We are thrilled to partner with My New Red Shoes to help homeless and low-income children look and feel confident by providing them new shoes. We’re hosting a donation drive in August, ending with a Tikkun Trail Walk/Run on August 19, 2018 from 9:30 am – Noon. A donation of new shoes or a gift card will give entry to participate in the Walk/Run. JCCSF personal trainer Karen Bayley-Ewell will lead the way on the trail. We also have local retail partner, A Runner's Mind (3575 Sacramento St), offering free gait analysis during the event and a 10% discount on merchandise purchased throughout the drive. And our friendly neighbor, Cal-Mart, has generously provided the snacks for walk/run participants at the finish line.
Register for the Walk/Run

September 3 – 28
Jewish Family and Children’s Services Food Drive
JFCS Food Pantries offer nutritious, high-protein food to seniors on fixed incomes, adults with disabilities, young families with low incomes, and other individuals and families facing temporary crises. They are requesting donations of peanut butter, tuna fish, canned vegetables and fruits, whole grains, cereals and pasta.

October 15 – 26
SF Firefighters Toy Drive
The SF Firefighters Toy Drive strives to collects toys, books, bikes and other items to donate to low-income children and families who are in need. Donated toys & items will be distributed to the Northern California fire victims.

November 19 – 26
Hamilton Families Infant Supplies Drive
Hamilton Families’ mission is to end family homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are accepting all the necessities for a newborn or infant, including diapers (up to size 4), baby wipes, swaddle blankets, baby towels, clothing (onesies, hats, socks and bibs), baby toiletries (shampoo, lotion and diaper cream), pacifiers, bottles and formula.

December 3 – 28
Children’s Book Drive
The Children’s Book Project was founded to help build literacy by providing new and gently used books for free to children who need them. They are looking for new and gently-used items for ages 8 – 12, including popular children’s books, graphic novels, books in Spanish and books with diverse characters.