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Social Action through Tikkun Olam: To Repair The World

It is not up to you to finish the work,

yet you are not free to avoid it. 

-Pirke Avot 1:17 

As Jews we are obligated to do the best we can to make this world a better place. We are to be a light to the nations, but what does that mean? Each of us may have a different interpretation, but as a congregation we have several projects that we support.

Mitzvah Partners

Family Promise of Summit County helps homeless families with children stay together and achieve sustainable independence in hopes to alleviate the trauma of homelessness and assist families in securing a stable home environment.

Temple Israel has been a partner of Family Promise for over eight years and has recently become a host congregation for Family Promise. As a host congregation during four times a year up to four families have dinner in our social, sleep in our classrooms, and have breakfast in our kitchen- all supplies provided by Temple Israel. During the day, the families leave Temple and generally go to work or school. Temple Israel is always in need of supplies and volunteers to make the week a success. 

Mitzvah Day, a day of caring in the community, brings together members of area congregations to prepare hundreds of meals for the hungry, sort clothes for the homeless, brighten the days of children in need, visit seniors in nursing homes, provide entertainment to children and teens, paint or spruce up an agency working to serve underprivileged individuals, or clean up outdoor parks that are enjoyed by many in the community-all in just one day. 

In keeping with Judaism’s teachings of tikkun olam, to repair the world, Mitzvah Day strives to inspire its participants to pursue social justice through social activism. Mitzvah Day was brought to Temple Israel in 2002 and has since been extended to 14 greater-Akron area congregations. 


Summit DD connects people with disabilities to supports that empowers each individual to contribute to their own success and to that of their community. Temple Israel hosts events several times a year in our social hall for the Summit DD clients. We provide dinner and entertainment to make events special and fun. Learn more about how you can use your time and talents to help Temple Israel and Summit DD. 

Get involved in Social Action

Looking to share your ideas on social action or serve on the social action committee? Email Art Krakauer, social action chairman, to get involved and live out Tikkun Olam. 

Mon, May 25 2020 2 Sivan 5780