Tikkun Olam

A Solelot helps a resident make an American flag at a nursing home during a Tikkun Olam project. Photo by Marlena Chertock.
Residents told stories or asked questions of chanichim during the visit. Photo by Marlena Chertock.

Today Mosh was involved in Tikkun Olam projects. Tikkun Olam means healing the world. Every session at Mosh the entire machaneh engages in community service activities. Sometimes all of Mosh does a Tikkun Olam project together, other times the projects are split up by shikvot (age groups).

Throughout the week, peulot about tikkun olam were run so everyone understood why we do it, what it means and discussed why we should or need to do tikkun olam.

Tikkun Olam is an important value and action in Camp Moshava and Habonim Dror. Habonim Dror as a youth movement greatly values social justice and acting on ideals, values and beliefs. Tikkun Olam is one way to make this happen. It is one day during machaneh that everyone works for a common goal, to help others, to learn about and understand the world and to change things.

Solelim went to a nursing home close to Mosh. They talked with the elderly, listened to their many stories, listened to one of the residents sing, helped the residents make American flags with construction paper for the Fourth of July and walked through the hallways singing camp songs such as “Angel from Montgomery,” “Wagon Wheel” and “Country Roads.”

Bonim and Bogrim went to veteran’s hospitals and talked to the veterans. Amelim and Chotrim created blankets and supplies for animals for the Humane Society.

Click here to view more photos from Tikkun Olam.

Kupa Trip

Kids were able to pet donkeys, llamas, deer and other animals. Photo by Marlena Chertock.
Cameron looks at the reptiles at the Plumpton Park Zoo. Photo by Marlena Chertock.

The Kupa Trip usually happens after tiyul (camping trip), but this year happened after Tikkun Olam. The entire machaneh is able to go on a fun activity or trip through the use of kupa. Kupa trips can be at water parks, fairgrounds, putt putt, movies or anywhere doing anything. This year, the kupa trip was to a local zoo, the Plumpton Park Zoo.

There were giraffes, zebras, deer, turtles and peacocks roaming around. Everyone had fun but some noticed the cages were small and some animals shouldn’t be in such warm climates, such as the arctic fox. At least a few talked to the manager to voice concerns.

View more photos of Tikkun Olam here.

View photos from the Kupa Trip here.

–Marlena Chertock

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