Tikkun Olam


photo by Lori Kishimoto

CROP Walk was Sunday, May 3!

TBH is very involved in social justice work in our community. These are some of our major Tikkun Olam (repair of the world) projects:

High Holiday Food Drive (Fall): Our congregation takes seriously our obligation to provide for those in need.  From Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur, we collect bags of healthy, nutritious food which is donated to the Thurston County Food Bank.  We also collect monetary contributions as the Food Bank can buy wholesale, stretching the purchasing power of our dollars.

Mitzvah Morning (1st Sunday after Yom Kippur): On the Sunday after Yom Kippur, members of the TBH community do service projects around Olympia. Project sites have included  the Food Bank, Left Foot Organics, GruB, and the Kiwanis Garden Project.  We have made lunches for members of Camp Quixote, a tent city.  The Chesed Corp makes soup for TBH members in need.  We help our community and put Tikkun Olam and Tzedakah in action.

Winter Outerwear and Blanket Drive (Nov-Dec): Many people have trouble keeping warm in winter.  To help, we collect clean blankets, winter coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other outdoor wear at TBH in Nov. and Dec.  We request donations at the annual December 25 film at OFS.  The donations go to St. Michael’s Clothing Bank which gives them at no charge to anyone in need of clothing.

food bank

photo by Lori Kishimoto

FORKids (Monthly): FORKids is a program of the Thurston County Food Bank that provides food for hungry, often homeless, kids during the school year.  Bags of nutritious, easy to fix foods are sent home on Fridays with the kids to  provide them with food over the weekend.  There are hundreds of homeless children in our community. Members of TBH meet at the Food Bank Annex on Mottman Road monthly to pack bags.

Shabbat speakers, dinner, onegs (1 -2 x/year): Members of the Tikkun Olam Committee provide the oneg and/or sponsor a speaker for Shabbat services once or twice a year. including at the Human Rights Shabbat in December.