Tikkun Olam

Pandemic in the Petri Dish of Prison: A Jewish Call for Justice

By
Rabbi Rick Jacobs & Rabbi Hilly Haber

More than two million people are currently living behind bars in America. From Rikers Island in NYC to Cook County Jail in Chicago, jails and prisons across the United States have some of the highest infection rates of COVID-19 in the world.

Fathers and Sons: How Jewish Tradition Compels Us to Act on Humanitarian Crises

By
Rabbi Rick Jacobs

The story of the binding of Isaac (the Akeidah) never fails to get inside us because death hangs in every verse. Will the boy die? Will the dad become a mourner? If this drama doesn’t give you chills, you probably aren’t listening. I know we’re supposed to be focusing on Abraham and Isaac, but I can’t stop thinking of my dad and me.

Audacious Hospitality: A New Initiative for Spiritual and Social Empowerment

By
April Baskin

Audacious hospitality is a bold, new, and multi-faceted URJ initiative that encompasses some of our tradition’s most treasured values – lovingkindness, respect, and tikkun olam (repair of our world). It is all about putting the ideas of diversity, outreach and inclusion into action – in a framework that addresses both today’s Jewish communal needs and our highest aspirations.