Torah does not just command us to give to the poor but to advocate on their behalf. We are told in Proverbs 31:9 to “speak up, judge righteously, champion the poor and the needy.” We learn that tzedakah, helping fellow human beings in need, is not simply a matter of charity but of responsibility, righteousness, and justice. As Jews, we see a moral obligation to advocate for children, the elderly, the poor, the disenfranchised, the sick, the disabled, and the “stranger among us.”
Our Congregation provides its members with many opportunities for tikkun olam (repairing the world) or chesed (acts of loving kindness). Our programs benefit the homeless, the hungry, and the impoverished. By reaching out to people in need, we not only help to repair the world, but we also strengthen our Jewish identity and provide an important example of our values for our children.