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Social Action/Tikun Olam

Social Action/Tikun Olam

“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:

  1. A program to collect much-needed new or gently used items, such as winter coats or toys, for the needy;
  2. A hands-on activity, such as cooking at the Ronald McDonald House or for MANNA; and
  3. A program to educate or inform, such as a hosting a speaker about the crisis in Darfur.

Tikun Olam Award

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:

  • American Jewish Committee
  • Anne Frank Center USA
  • Steven Scott Bradley
  • Concern
  • D. Walter Cohen Middle East Center for Dental Education
  • Stewart and Sally Eisenberg
  • Hazon, Inc.
  • Jeff Jubelirer
  • MAZON – A Jewish Response to Hunger
  • Operation Understanding
  • People’s Emergency Center
  • Project H.O.M.E.
  • Public Citizens for Children and Youth
  • Seeds of Peace
  • The Citizenship Project and The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service
  • The North American Conference on Ethopian Jewry
  • Village of Arts and Humanities
  • Woodrock, Inc.