In practicing the commandments of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), Shir Tikva commits to bold advocacy on a variety of issues that range from transgender rights to the environment. As a community we support each other spiritually and emotionally through our Kesher program, gather together for our annual Mitzvah Day of service and High Holy Day Food Drive continue to provide year-round and seasonal support for social action programs that include volunteering at soup kitchens, ongoing clothes and food collections, transforming our space into a homeless shelter four weeks out of the year.
Some of our project partnerships include:
Mitzvah Day is an opportunity for all ages to experience the power and value of personal contributions to repair the world by accomplishing a number of important and varied social action projects. Mitzvah projects are planned to relate to TEKIAH, a group of critical social action initiatives identified by the congregation. These initiatives are concern for the environment, our health, seniors and children, particularly seniors and children at risk. In the past, projects have included packing food at the Boston Food Bank, youth choir concerts for seniors, a bone marrow registry and planting a vegetable garden to harvest food for the hungry.
Every year during the High Holy Days, our congregation wide food drive helps refill food pantries’ shelves and provide personal care products for local organizations such as:
Paper bags with a list of items needed are located in the temple lobby and collected between High Holidays. Filled bags are collected in a storage unit located in the temple parking lot where TST members sort and pack these items after Yom Kippur.
In partnership with our Muslim neighbors across the street, TST regularly creates and plans events and activities with The Islamic Center of Boston developing great opportunities to interact with our Muslim neighbors, as we learn about each other!