Religious School News – January 2013

Our 2nd Kesher Connection/Tikkun Tzedek program on Sunday, December 9, brought together school and congregational families.  A thought provoking visual text, created by Vice President of Life Long Learning, Melanie Katz, began our morning program.  Melanie created a collage containing pictures representing different areas of tikkun tzedek.  Each table looked at the pictures and shared their thoughts on how and why this type of work is meaningful and important.  During our next activity each cluster/table studied individual text about their specific area of interest.  One of our goals is to be able to turn to Torah as we live our daily life.  Using text to advance our work is a wonderful way to do this.

Our participants had previously indicated their area of Tikkun Tzedek interest using our Pledge Cards.  Families were seated with those who shared their interest.  Now the real work began. We provided each table with a template to help them create objectives.  What did they want to accomplish?  Where could this type of work be done?  Who would they need to contact?  The energy in the ballroom was high as each cluster got to work.  It was amazing to watch the interchange of ideas.  We asked that each cluster appoint a leader to help guide them through this process.

I am thrilled to report that we succeeded in creating 5 working groups.  They are:

  • Protecting the Environment
  • Kindness to Animals
  • Hunger and Gleaning
  • Aiding the Disabled
  • Children’s Issues

Each cluster began crafting a plan and assigning responsibilities to its members.  Our next Kesher Connection/Tikkun Tzedek program will take place on Sunday, January 9, from 9:30-12:00.  It will be exciting to see the progress that our clusters have made as they begin to bring their plans to life.

It is not too late to be a part of this exciting and innovative program.  If you would like to join one of the above clusters or create another one please contact Rabbi Wise at at the synagogue office.