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.
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.
Rabbi Tarfon says in Pirkei Avot , the Ethics of our Fathers :
It is not your responsibility to complete the task,
but neither are you free to desist from it.