Today is September 24, 2017 /
Tikkun Olam – repairing the world – is central to our community and our faith. The Upper Valley Jewish Community strives to contribute to the local community, to the global Jewish community, and to those in need throughout the world. We address social action by organizing fundraising drives and service events, by participating in the United Valley Interfaith Project, and by informing our members of volunteer opportunities and needs. The importance and the joy of Tikkun Olam are conveyed to our children from their earliest days in Hebrew School.
For over two decades, under the leadership of Susan Cohen and Judy Oxman, the UVJC has prepared monthly dinners at the Listen Center. Our annual High Holiday Food Drive has contributed to several Upper Valley food banks; we also maintain a basket in the Roth Center lobby for food donations to the Upper Valley Haven throughout the year. We empty our pockets as we enter Kol Nidre services, we regularly drop our change in the Tzedakah box located in the Roth Center lobby, and we hold special fund-raising drives, clothing collections, and service events in response to local or global emergencies.
We also celebrate and are inspired by the profound impact of those in our congregation who are passionately committed to Tikkun Olam and social justice. For example, in a past Lunch and Learn, Nancie Severs discussed her remarkable work with “One Laptop per Child”. We are eagerly preparing for the UVJC’s first Mitzvah Fair this spring. Congregants of all ages are invited to sign up for a booth to highlight their social action projects.
The UVJC joined Upper Valley Interfaith Project, a consortium of local faith-based organizations working for social justice through community organizing. A major current focus of the UVIP is “Aging with Dignity.” On November 3, we will honor a member of our congregation at the UVIP’s 2nd annual Micah Awards Ceremony “Local Heroes, Local Foods.” If you would like to get involved in the work of the UVIP, you may contact one of the UVJC’s representatives to the UVIP Executive Board (Lori Hirshfield at firstname.lastname@example.org and Carolyn Gordon at email@example.com) or contact Leah Torrey, lead organizer of the UVIP, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carolyn Gordon manages the Social Action Committee of the Upper Valley Jewish Community. She is a mathematics professor at Dartmouth College, known for her work in isospectral geometry determining whether or not it is possible to tell what shape a drum is from hearing the sound it makes. To find out how you can get involved with the Social Action Committee, or for more information, contact Carolyn by email at email@example.com or by phone at (603) 646-3047.