Passion for social action, emerging from the value of tikkun olam (repairing the world), is an essential element of Progressive Judaism. We believe that well-rounded Jewish observance must entail a sense of social responsibility, and a heightened awareness of the world around us. The Torah says 36 times: “You shall treat the stranger with respect, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” In our world we have so many who are “strangers”, those whose needs are often overlooked by the rest of our world. The Jewish focus on social justice is based in empathy, and comes directly from the core of our story: we are committed to helping others, for we as Jews understand what it is like to be known as strangers. Our Torah instructs us: “Justice, justice shall you pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). We bring Torah into the world when we strive to create a better world for all people, when we act against discrimination and oppression, pursue peace, protect the Earth, and perform acts of loving kindness. Dedication and commitment to the practice of social action is at the core of TBI’s mission. When we bring to life the value of tikkun olam, we ultimately enrich our Jewish practice, strengthening our connection to Jewish living.
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