“It is not yours to complete the task 

but neither are you free to desist from it”

Rabbi Tarfon

Tikun Olam – Repairing the World – is a long-valued precept of Judaism.  As Humanistic Jews we particularly understand that social justice comes about because we make it happen.  It is up to us to stand up, speak out, and make a difference.

As a community, we can work to improve the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves and to make a better world for all of us.  As a community, we can lend our voices to those who are not heard.

We especially commit ourselves to speak out on particular issues: women’s reproductive rights; LGBTQ rights; voting rights, especially in the face of racial discrimination; science and climate change advocacy; fighting Islamophobia; defending the rights of refugees and immigrants to come to our country, step out of the shadows, and be welcomed as productive citizens, just as our ancestors did before us.

science march 2017


Our school sponsors an annual In-House Community Service program.   Activities include: making fleece blankets for children in the hospital, assembling care packages for people who are homeless, making toys for animals in shelters, collecting toiletry/hygiene items and school supplies for Covenant House, and collecting socks for people who are homeless.

As part of their Social Justice curriculum, our Sixth Grade class identifies several causes for us to support each year with donations.

Every December we collect new, unwrapped toys and new or gently used children’s books as holiday gifts for low-income children.

Community Activities

Over the years we have volunteered on MLK Day under the auspices of “Time for Good” and other organizations.  Last year, we put together backpacks with school supplies and painted murals in a school in Harlem.

We have also assembled teams to walk at the NYC AIDS Walk.


City Congregation members, along with thousands of people across the country, have stepped forward to speak out and protest policy proposals and presidential action that are contrary to our values and ideals.   

We have made our voices heard at rallies for Climate Change, the 2017 Women’s March, on behalf of Refugees and Muslims, and in advocacy of Science.  Join us as we continue to speak out!

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