For many of our families, a primary expression of Jewish identity is through tikkun olam (repairing of the world) or social justice work, even more so than through prayer or through ritual. There is no shortage of real and immediate needs that require our attention: international refugees, hurricane victims and lonely people within your congregation are only a few examples. It's not enough for your students to bring in quarters that their parents hand to them as they leave for school. Not only are your students capable of so much more; they want to do more, and we have the opportunity to empower them and to encourage them to do more. In this course we will explore ways to develop students' tzedakah (justice) and chesed (benevolence) "muscles" and create individual plans for projects by grade or by school-wide theme.
At the conclusion of each course, participants will be able to:
- Define the concepts of tzedakah and chesed.
- Recognize and describe explicit, implicit and null curricula.
- Identify Jewish values in explicit, implicit or null curriculum.
- Locate and leverage existing resources within one’s own community
- Develop unique tzedakah opportunities for individual students or classes, or school-wide initiatives.