Shining a Light on Tikkun Olam
On Saturday, September 14th, 30 men, women and children from our Family Engagement program visited Matthew 25: Ministries in Blue Ash, Ohio. Matthew 25: Ministries is an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization helping the poorest of the poor and disaster victims locally, regionally, nationally and internationally regardless of race, creed or political persuasion. While there, they worked on the warehouse floor to sort and pack toiletry supplies and clothing for the victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. When their hard work came to an end, our Wise Temple team had helped over 6,000 hurricane victims!
As impactful as the day was, it’s just a part of who we are at Wise Temple. In fact, our day at Matthew 25: Ministries is just one of over 63 different “Good Deeds” programs Wise Temple congregants participate in each year. We feed over 2,000 people in soup kitchens, house over 36 families through our participation in the Wise Family Shelter (a partner with Interfaith Hospitality Network) and donated over 13,000 pounds of food to the Freestore Foodbank during this year’s High Holy Days.
While these numbers are impressive, they can’t possibly tell the whole story. Because, as Jews, we are always looking to make the world a better place. It’s helping a lost person find their way, even when you’re in a hurry. It’s sending flowers to someone who is feeling down. It’s paying for a person’s meal behind you in line. Simply put, it’s the things we do that won’t show up in statistics but could be 100% what someone needs, both here at home and abroad.