Social Action/Tikkun Olam
Congregation Etz Hayim pursues the ideals of Tikkun Olam—repair of the world. To this end we strive, both as individuals and as an organization, to be an asset to the Arlington community and beyond. Students in our religious school volunteer throughout the community and contribute financially to their chosen recipients as part of the curriculum.
Our congregation’s ongoing commitments include a partnership with Doorways for Women, collecting food for distribution to the Arlington Food Assistance Center, joining in and hosting interfaith services, visiting senior housing residents and hospital patients, and participation in an annual Sukkot in Spring along with other Jewish congregations in the area.
For a small community, we have a significant impact. We have held blood drives, hosted debates on local issues, cleaned up parks, responded to the need for funds to build schools in Liberia, and much more.
Activities under this committee’s umbrella include:
Sukkot in Spring (also known as Rebuilding Together)
Our year-round food drive for AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Center)
Partnership with Doorways for Women and Families
Partnership with Bridges to Independence