Tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tzedakah are Jewish values central to the philosophy of MJDS. These values are reinforced daily through the school motto “Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Respectful”. As we approach Pesach, we are reminded once more of the connectedness of all Jewish people, and are called upon to make sure that all are safe and cared for. We are thrilled not only to have so many opportunities to discuss Tikun Olam (repair the world) at MJDS, but also to turn our intentions into actions. Our Purim food packaging collaboration between Upper El and Middle School on behalf of the Veahavta organization was so successful, that the Upper El class turned their focus to making Pesach just as meaningful. To fulfill these goals, Kita Shalhevet joined in the the Passover Food Drive at the office of the National Council of Jewish Women. The drive arranged for a total of 2000 boxes to be delivered to Jewish families in need of Passover items, and Shalhevet was responsible for 41 of these boxes. The children were given a list of what goes into each box and were delighted to help. They all worked diligently and efficiently not only filling each box with the allocated Seder items, but also including a loving note for the family with each box. What a wonderful way to fulfill a Mitzvah!
Generosity is not restricted by age, and MJDS Casa students have been learning how every little bit can add up to making a big difference. Students in our three Casa classes bring in tzedakah every week as part of Kabbalat Shabbat. And as the tzedakah box fills, so do the hearts and heads of some of our youngest students. Most recently, the Casa classes decided to join forces with Upper Elementary and gave their tzedakah to provide food and improve the quality of Pesach celebrations for many Jews in need. The total came to well over $100!!. This is only the most recent donation on behalf of the Casa students, and we are so grateful to the teachers for both explaining tzedakah to our children and ensuring that the money finds its way to worthy causes. Putting our values of tikkun olam and tzedakah into action ensures our community will continue to thrive in the next generation, and empowers our children to feel a real sense of pride in knowing that they are making a difference in the lives of others.