A core principle across the Jewish experience, held particularly strongly here at Adat Shalom, is the centrality of Tikkun Olam—literally, repairing the world. The Adat Shalom Youth Department supports these efforts, with much of the youth program incorporating various tikkun olam themes. I would now like to invite you to join me for a signature tikkun olam initiative.
Please join me in the third year of a hands-on project about homelessness and hunger, right here in our own community. This well-established project, which it’s my honor to lead as part of the Adat ShalomA core principle across the Jewish experience, held particularly strongly here at Youth Department, is called Tikkun Ha-Ir—literally, repairing the city. For three days and two nights, we will live and work primarily in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC., preparing and serving meals for those in need, assisting senior residents of a low-income apartment building, and learning with folks from area non-profits like DC Central Kitchen and WE ARE FAMILY. Each evening we will gather to share a meal, bond with one another, and process what we have experienced together.
Here are the basics:
WHEN: Monday, June 18th through Wednesday, June 20th, 2018. We will metro from the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro early Monday morning to the DC church where we will be living. We will arrange carpooling from the church back to people’s homes at the end of the program, on Wednesday late afternoon.
WHERE: Our base of operations will be St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton Street NW, Washington, DC 20010. We will bring our own sleeping bags, pads, pillows and towels.
WHO: Anyone who loves hands-on experiences, likes to go outside his/her comfort zone, who can open himself/herself up to new people and situations, who has a good sense of humor, wants to make a difference, and doesn’t mind waiting to take a shower until s/he returns home.
HOW MUCH: The cost of the program is $180. (This just covers our own costs; should that amount be a hardship, please let me know, and we should be able to help make it affordable).
HOW SOON: The deadline to register is Monday, April 9th, 2018. Please let me know ASAP if you will be joining the group.
Priority will be given to those who haven’t previously participated -- but I am happy to welcome returnees to Tikkun Ha’Ir as well! Feel free to be in touch with any questions.
All the best,
Pam Sommers, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301.233.8558 (JUST TEXTS PLEASE!)