“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?” – Ethics of the Fathers, 1:14
Tzedakah is often thought to mean charity, but it actually means righteousness, fairness or justice. At Congregation Kol Ami we work to create tzedakah in our community year-round with our mitzvot.
Each quarter, to repair the world and help us recognize the impact we can have on our community, we sponsor three distinct programs:
Tikun Olam are Hebrew words that mean “healing the world”, conveying the message of the ancient prophets — Amos, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Micah, among them — that it is incumbent upon us to help make the world a better place through the mitzvot we perform.
We present this annual award to an individual or organization, in and beyond Philadelphia, to recognize stellar achievements that promote understanding and dialogue among people of different faiths, races and ethnicity. The individual who is honored is presented with a piece of artwork of Moredechai Rosenstein.
Past recipients have included: