Tikkun Olam

Making the world a better place


The two photos right show copies of a page from the Mishnah. The document on the left is from the early Middle Ages. The document on the right is a fragment of a page from the Mishnah discovered in the Cario Geniza.

To quote the words of Rabbi David Saperstein (Director of the URJ’s Religious Action Center in Washington DC) “Our charge during the Yamim Noraim, High Holy Days, is to remember our partnership and covenant with God, to perform acts of righteousness and to work together to fulfill the words of the prophet Isaiah, who cried out that we should strive to “unlock the fetters of wickedness… let the oppressed go free.. share your bread with the hungry, and take the wretched poor into your home” (Isaiah 58:6-8). As we stand again on the threshold of the New Year, let us recognize this commitment to tikkun olam and to take action to repair our world.”

The Hebrew term “tikkun olam” תיקון עולם means “repairing the world.”  It is a concept developed by the ancient rabbis who wrote the Mishnah, the first major rabbinic work to re-define Jewish worship after the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in the year 70 CE.

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Our CHOW pantry serves the community by being open 100 days a year.  Our tradition requires that we work to help feed the hungry.  There is a basket in our lobby to leave non-perishable donations.

Temple Concord’s CHOW pantry is part of the:

Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse

Temple Concord’s CHOW pantry needs YOU to volunteer Thursday afternoons from 5:00-7:00 PM. Temple Concord’s CHOW pantry is open for those screened and referred by the Broome County Council of Churches to select food for their families. We need 3 people to run the pantry each week.   

Volunteers need to be able to go up and down the stairs to the basement where the pantry is located.  Engage in the mitzvah of providing food to those in need.  We can make their day by greeting them warmly and assisting them in making their food selections.  Middle and High school teens can volunteer along with adults.  Please contact the Temple Office to volunteer.

Social Action

A defining characteristic of Temple Concord is its engagement in social action.  This commitment demands that we as a community dedicate ourselves to social action and social justice.  Every six weeks, our volunteers prepare meals are prepared at Trinity Canteen.

Reform Jewish Voice of New York State  

This organization, which is unique in Reform Judaism,  provides lobbying of the  New York State Legistature on behalf of Reform causes. Here is a screen shot of the website. You can visit it here.

Our lobby in Washington DC- Religious Action Center

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