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Tikkun Olam

As a community, we are always seeking out new ways to do 'Tikkun Olam' or 'World-Fixing.'

In the last few years, UHC congregants have engaged in numerous projects related to various community service themes, from environmental conservation to improving food security for the needy.  We have partnered with organisations such as Ground Up Initiative, the Abdullah  Shooker Jewish Welfare Home, Willing Hearts, ONE (SINGAPORE),  the Nature Society,  Book Matters, Leket Israel and the Singapore Food Bank.  We look forward to working with others as we expand our efforts to help make the world a better place.  

Your ideas and participatiuon are welcome!

The UHC Tikkun Olam team started meeting officially in February 2020.  Our main purpose is to drive UHC members towards volunteerism and community service as part of an organizational effort to help improve life within Singapore, establish better connections with the country's civil society, and promote progressive Jewish activism as force of good.

We are working to define what that will mean for our 2020/2021 season, and we hope more of you can join us.
Please contact UHC for more information.

Here are some past projects that may inspire you:

  • In the past few years, UHC School classes have organized community service events such as:
    • Food preparation at Willing Hearts - a soup kitchen/meals on wheels program for the underprivileged
    • Cheering up the elderly at Pacific Healthcare Nursing Home
    • Cleaning up a slice of the beach along the East Coast Parkway
  • As part of post-Passover/pre-Shavuot activities, members organized a UHC Omer Challenge, to raise money for the the Ground Up Initiative, a not-for-profit organisation located in Singapore. In conjunction with this effort, several families tried to live on $5 a day for a week, and UHC Religious School students went to Balik Kampung to volunteer in person. We had a wonderful time digging, weeding, planting, composting, washing up with natural products, cooking home grown food, and getting clean in the stream!
  • We collected canned and packaged foods over several food drives, and have raised thousands of dollars on behalf of the Singapore Food Bank and Leket Israel. This project was definitely member-driven - a congregant was deeply affected upon learning more about those in both Singapore and Israel who struggle with food security for their families.
  • Members organized fundraising and gift-giving drives with H.O.M.E - an organization that helps migrant workers who have been mistreated here in Singapore
  • Our Hannukah Tzedakah program includes both volunteering and charitable donations. The UHC B'nei Mitzvah students research and identify a charity, and lead congregational efforts.
  • We volunteered to clear debris from the Mandai Mudflats as part of Nature Society's Coastal Cleanup project.
  • In 2015, our members collected more than 1000 books and donated them to an English tutoring project called Book Matters, which fights illiteracy among underprivileged children across Asia.

Please contact us with your ideas or to join the Tikkun Olam Committee!

Thu, 26 November 2020 10 Kislev 5781