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Tikkun Olam Educational Programming

 

Gan Elohim 

The Social Action committee at Gan Elohim is planning activities throughout the school year to help our littlest children learn how they can make a difference in other people’s lives. Our goal is to bring Social Action to the children’s level so they can feel good about helping others and learn the core Jewish values of Tzedakah (charity) and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). Throughout the year, Gan Elohim students and their families will be contributing to the Family Table cereal collection, making teddy bears to donate at our Bear-Mitzvah Chanukah event, collecting mittens as part of a children’s winter clothing drive and more.

Staff Contact: Nancy Ostroff, nostroff@tbewellesley.org (781) 235-8419 x230.

Limud / Beit Midrash 

Throughout the year our students are engaged in learning Jewish values of Tikkun Olam within the classroom. Specific grade-level themes guide the curriculum and are integrated with hands-on activities. We collect tzedakah and/or canned food for the Family Table and encourage participation in family social action programs outside the classroom, as well.
 

Staff Contacts: Judy Avnery (javnery@tbewellesley.org) and Laura Hyman (lhyman@tbewellesley.org) 

BELY 

Our senior youth group, BELY, maintains a social action agenda with a number of activities throughout the year. For more information about BELY events, programs and initiatives please visit BELYOnline

Staff contact:Brett Lubarsky, Assistant Director, Youth Engagement, (781) 235-8419 x214. 

(Note: Younger aged youth groups: i.e. JELY also conduct Tikkun Olam efforts during the year.)

BM3T / Ma'asim Tovim

Ma’asim Tovim is the Jewish service-learning component of the BM3T (6th and 7th grade) program. From fall of 6th grade to the spring of 7th grade, students volunteer approximately once a month at one of our Ma’asim Tovim partner organizations: Cradles to Crayons, Hebrew Senior Life, Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen, Framingham Child Care Head Start Center, Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Mary Eliza Mahoney Family Shelter and Special Olympics. In addition, students are involved with the High Holiday Food Drive and Chanukah Mitzvah Nights benefiting Women’s Lunch Place. BM3T students design and run the Purim Carnival and all proceeds are donated to the volunteer partner organizations.
 

Staff Contact: Hannah Richmond (hrichman@tbewellesley.org) 

Havayah / TELEM 

Many of our 8th through 12th grade students participate in TELEM, a Jewish Service Learning program in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston with support from CJP. Focusing on literacy, students volunteer at the Mary Eliza Mahoney Shelter with young students, in addition to learning about the issues and challenges that exist in our community.
 

Staff Contact: Laura Hyman (lhyman@tbewellesley.org) 

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