What is the Tikun Olam program?
Traditionally Tikun Olam, translated as “Repairing the World,” is any act of social justice or charitable giving. In USY, we define it as the concept of donating to tzedakah, charity.
USY has a Tikun Olam Fund from which we donate to various Jewish charities in the United States, Israel, and abroad.
Chapters and regions plan specific events and drives in which their members actively raise money for this fund.
Tikun Olam is often shortened to the abbreviation T.O.
What organizations does the fund support?
Our Tikun Olam Fund supports Jewish causes. We see this as an inherent value of USY: If we are not supporting Jewish organizations, who will?
Many of these charities benefit non-Jews as well as Jews, but they are rooted in Jewish values.
We have approved Tzedakot, or charities, we support including:
- Social service organizations
- Organizations that provide for development of individual Jewish communities
- Organizations that support the growth and success of the Conservative Movement
- Our global partner organizations
- USY Summer Experience trips
- Israel gap-year programs such as Nativ
Support for Programs in Israel
Our commitment to programs in Israel is essential because they serve each of your chapters and regions directly.
These immersive travel and study programs help to foster many of the future teachers, rabbis, and Jewish leaders who will one day guide our communities. They also help to cultivate a strong bond with with Israel and enthusiasm for Jewish life in you, the participants.