What is Tikkun Olam?
Tikkun Olam (literally, “world repair”) has come to connote social action and the pursuit of social justice. Tikkun Olam is a key element of the Union for Progressive Judaism (UPJ) mission statement. The UPJ and its members, including Brisbane Progressive Jewish Congregation, support a range of projects in Australia and around the world. This page has been developed to provide a portal for our members and supporters to access some of these projects and other organisations who contribute to Tikkun Olam. As we become aware of projects, new links will be added. If you know of a new program, or would like us to add a link to an existing project, please contact us.
The following paragraphs give information on some Tikkun Olam-based activities you may wish to support.
Jewish Aid Australia (JAA) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to pursuing social justice for disadvantaged communities in Australia and overseas. JAA enables people to realise and practice the core Jewish concepts of Tzedakah (justice), Chessed (kindness) and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). Jewish values urge us to question injustice, act, and take collective responsibility. JAA sparks and sustains social change by channelling the unlimited passion and potential of Jewish change-makers into action for a more just world. Volunteering with JAA is an avenue for Jews, who are passionate about community and international development, to work through a Jewish aid organisation.
Queensland Jewish Community Services Inc. provides welfare services for people in the Jewish community. We respond to enquiries from the community by giving information, referring clients to the relevant Government departments, organisation or professional person to assist them. If needed, we support clients in their interaction with these services. Where appropriate, we provide practical assistance as well. Our work includes:
- Providing client support and advocacy at the Police, Courts and Government Departments;
- Visiting correctional facilities to assist determining the needs of Jewish prisoners;
- Finding legal representation and support to those exposed to abuse, domestic violence and discrimination;
- Providing initial contact and assistance to access services for clients with mental health issues;
- Helping purchase medical equipment for people to maintain a level of independence in their homes;
- Providing transport to people who need to attend medical procedures and appointments; and
- Doing our best in a professional caring manner.
Tevel b’Tzedek (Earth – In Justice) is an Israel-based non-profit organization promoting social and environmental justice. Our mission is to create a community of Israeli and Diaspora Jews engaging in the urgent issues of global poverty, marginalization and environmental devastation from a place of deep commitment to the Jewish people and its ethical and spiritual traditions.
Union for Progressive Judaism Social Action – Mazon Appeal. At Mazon, we recognise that even in our lucky country the homeless and unemployed, the elderly, single parents and the working poor suffer from food insecurity. And the numbers are growing. With this in mind Mazon runs an annual Mazon Food Bag Appeal at Rosh Hashanah as a direct means of getting food to those who need it most. Mazon also collects funds throughout the year and runs an annual Pesach appeal. We encourage people to donate a nominal 3% of the cost of the catering at a simcha to Mazon. To find out more, to get involved or to donate funds, contact the UPJ office at (02) 9328 7644.