The Hebrew phrase tikkun olam means “repairing the world.” In modern Jewish circles, tikkun olam has become synonymous with the notion of social action and the pursuit of social justice.
Kavod / Respect
Judaism teaches us to treat ourselves and others with respect. Even a stranger is to be treated with respect. Kavod is a feeling of regard for the rights, dignity, feelings, wishes, and abilities of others. Teasing, name-calling, and bullying disrespects and hurts everyone; we must learn to appreciate people for who they are.
Rina / Joy
Being happy isn’t always easy; life has its disappointments and frustrations. But finding joy can be as simple as a beautiful sunset, dinner with friends, or finally winning that gold medal.
Ga’ava / Pride
Pride is the feeling of being confident in the world. It is reaching your full potential and claiming your space: I exist. I have worth. I give back. Taking pride and honoring our bodies is a way of honoring God.
Amiut Yehudit / Jewish Peoplehood
Amiut yehudit is the awareness of the underlying unity that makes an individual Jew part of the Jewish people. This includes the sense of belonging and commitment to the Jewish people, their values, their big ideas, and their potential, as well as to Israel, the expression of national sovereignty.
Lev Tov / Big Hearted
Welcoming others is an essential component of what it means to be Jewish. With open hearts, we invite friends and family to our homes on Shabbat, holidays, or a regular weekday evening to share a meal, stories, and traditions. Kindness is at the core of being a mensch—a true human being.