Hillel used to say:
“If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
And if I am only for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when?”
Tikkun olam means 'repair of the world' and has come to refer to social action and the pursuit of social justice. The concept is defined by acts of kindness. The OFJCC is committed to doing its part to help heal the world. Our efforts include:
- Mitzvah Day which brings volunteers together for the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Projects address issues of poverty, hunger, housing and homelessness, aging, the environment and more
- Mitzvah Corps, our ongoing hands-on volunteering opportunities, which include preparing, delivering and serving meals at local shelters; visiting the elderly; making cat toys and dog biscuits for homeless animals and more. Click here for more details.
- Day of Remembrance: Disaster and First Responder Awareness. Bring your family to this special and unique day as we remember 9/11, by working together on projects that will be donated, as well as learn how you can prepare your family in an emergency or disaster. Click here for more details.
- Giving Garden: vegetables grown are given to food banks
- High Holidays Food Drive
- Donation bins to collect clothing, food and toiletries for those in need. We will be collecting needed first aid items from now until September 10th to donate to families in need. They can be dropped off at the Gym, Preschool, or at Club J.
Individually wrapped items needed:
- Antiseptic wipes (BZK-based wipes preferred; alcohol-based OK)
- Antibacterial ointment (e.g., Bacitracin)
- Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
- Gauze pads (various sizes)
- Nonstick sterile pads
- Rolled gauze
- Travel-sized toiletries
- Travel-sized emergency kits