Jewish Tradition teaches us that we must play an active role in the world. The concept of tikun olam—repairing the world—expresses the value of volunteering in Judaism. The world may be imperfect, but we have an obligation to help make it better, more whole.
Especially now, in a pandemic, we are seeking ways we can help one another through these unusually difficult times.
Volunteering is, in essence, holy work, and we're excited to be your partner in finding meaningful volunteer opportunities locally, and in connecting you with opportunities nationally and internationally, as well as sharing resources about the Jewish traditions and teachings underpinning volunteerism.
Over half a million people volunteer in the Portland Metropolitan area alone, contributing nearly 65 million hours of service worth $1.6 billion. Each of us can do our part and contribute to the vitality of the world around us, setting an example for our children, being a role model for our peers, inspiring others to follow in our active footsteps.
While we may not be able to gather together physically, we can still work together in spirit and in service of our community and our Jewish values by volunteering with one or more of these organizations doing important work in our midst.
NOTE: The monthly themes we've suggested below are a guide, only. ALL these organizations will welcome your volunteerism ANY time. Please check for Covid-related updates to their policies and procedures, thank you.