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30 days of Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)

November 20, 2018

This month has been a busy one for our school in our work of Tikkun Olam! We kicked off the month with #30daysofkindness, in response to the tragic events at the Tree of Life congregation in Pittsburgh. Each day in November all students, faculty, and staff in our community will do one act of loving kindness and display these acts of kindness on our tree mural outside the front office.

After reading the book, I Will Always Write Back, the Yanshufim (4th grade) wanted to make a difference. The book is a true story about pen pals from the US and Zimbabwe that build a bond over years of letters and discusses the extreme poverty in which some people live, which can prevent kids from getting an education.  The book’s co-author, Martin Ganda, founded a non-profit to help other children like himself, Seeds of Africa, to which the 4th grade contributed the proceeds of cards they made and sold. Read more about this project on our blog!

The Yonim (5th Grade) spent this month learning about six non-profit organizations. As our Student Council, they have chosen to focus our November T’zdakah collection on supporting Heifer International. Heifer International works with communities to increase income, improve child nutrition, care for the Earth, and ultimately end world hunger and poverty. After Thanksgiving, they will be putting together a “marketing plan” for the school to get out the word to help raise money for this organization. In addition to supporting the above Tikkun Olam projects, the Yonim put together six food baskets, in conjunction with Congregation Beth Shalom, to give to six families at the Solid Ground’s Sand Point Family Housing project. The decorated boxes were full of fresh fruit, veggies and included personal notes from students to help spread a bit of happiness along with the food. The Yonim will be heading downtown to feed meals to the homeless through the organization Operation Sack Lunch.

On Friday, November 30, the Second and Third graders (Garinim), will spend the morning at Food Lifeline packing boxes and sorting food to help in the effort to supply those who are food insecure.

Finally, we see #GivingTuesday, as an opportunity to continue giving back to our community, and so have launched our school-wide sock drive, Sharing Our Blessings, Warming Their Soles. We encourage all our families and the whole community to donate socks by Tuesday, November 27. Socks are always needed and appreciated by our neighbors who are residents of our local tent cities and shelters. We encourage you to contribute new, adult socks to our collection or to purchase socks on Amazon and have them shipped to SJCS directly. By designating our school through Amazon Smile, Amazon will also donate a small amount back to SJCS.