Justice

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We work to repair our world.

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We can each make a difference, yet our impact is even greater when we work together toward a common good. That’s why we work together to support programs and services locally, in Israel, and around the world. Each year we try to show that we are doing our part, making an increasingly bigger impact, to repair the world. Through Tikkun Olam last year, we gleaned more than 4,000 pounds of vegetables for those in need in our community.

We are a Beit Tikkun Olam, a House for Repairing the World.

Tikkum Olam

Our Tikkun Olam committee helps to reduce hunger in our community through ongoing support of the Neighborhood Food Project of the Lamoille Community Food Share, the Morrisville summer lunches for children program, and gleaning for the Lamoille Community Food Share and the Vermont Foodbank. In the past we have picked blueberries for the Food Share, and during Chol Homoed Sukkot we gleaned eggplant and chard. We also sponsored a Red Cross blood drive.

Other recent events include: a Fair Trade Fair where participants learned about fair labor practices while sampling Fair Trade products, our annual Food Drive during the High Holidays, and a special community event to learn about Salvation Farm’s Harvest and Hunger initiative. The year will culminate with a Mitzvah Day on Sunday, June 5, when everyone (young, old and in between) can participate in one of several projects to help make our communities that much better.

For more information, contact Lynne Gedanken, chair of the Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) committee, at lgedanken@gmail.com.

Tzedakah

Our Tzedakah committee donated over $5,000 in 5775 to many local and bi-national Canadian/U.S. organizations in need. We consider Tzedakah to be a vital function and precept of JCOGS and Judaism. As stated in the Jerusalem Talmud: “Tzedakah and acts of kindness are the equivalent of all the Mitzvot of the Torah.”