Tikkun Olam

Tikkun Olam

Hands touching a small globe

Grounded in Jewish values, the Fain Awards are presented to congregations who advocate for and organize around pressing social justice issues, protect vulnerable populations, and engage across lines of difference. We hope that the work of this year's recipients inspires others to move into deeper action.

Sophie Raim
URJ Biennial podium empty on stage

The resolution does not define what form reparations ought to take. Instead, just like congressional legislation calling for a committee to study and develop proposals for reparations, which the resolution endorses, we consider it our moral duty to “seek an end to ignorance.” 

Three teenage boys wearing URJ 6 Points Sports Academy shirts

On February 14, 2018, everything changed: That’s the day 17 people were killed in the shooting at my school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland, FL.

Jason Halpern
Four somber teen girls holding handmade gun violence prevention signs

We are proud of the progress we have made, and we continue to lead the fight to end gun violence in every community – and, ultimately, to create a safer future for the generations that come after us.

Jess Becker and Zoe Terner
Three individuals as part of a larger group marching in some sort of event and carrying a sign that reads DO JUSTICE LOVE MERCY MARCH PROUDLY

Through our work with congregations pursuing justice across North America, we have identified several principles that can help you strengthen social justice work in your congregation.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner & Amy Asin
Three teen boys holding signs that read REFORM JEWISH STUDENTS SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Together, we are committed to building inclusive communities, repairing the world, and pursuing justice. Our work is just beginning. 

Logan Zinman Gerber
Dr Mona Hanna Attisha at the podium of the URJ Biennial in a pink blouse and black blazer

As a country, as a society, as a movement, as a civilization, as a resistance - as humanists - we must all work towards equality and justice and opportunity for all our children.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Member of a First Nation community in Canada cleaning animal pelts

Various conversations and connections helped us establish a cultural tourism program with Eabametoong First Nation. We’re hopeful it will lead to a sustainable economy.

Helen Poizner
Pile of sharpened colored pencils against a white background

Kits for Kids provides local children with a little something they can call their own and a starter kit to help them through a difficult period of transition.

Eve Silverman
Male hand holding a white megaphone against a chalkboard

As a community of faith, it is incumbent upon us not only to express this outrage but to present and advocate for life-saving solutions to the problem of gun violence. Aiding the passage of Initiative 594, we did exactly that.

Rabbi Aaron Meyer