Tikkun Olam is generally translated as “repairing the world,” and it’s what we call our community service program at The Weber School. We recognize that there are imperfections in our world and people with needs much greater than ours.
As individuals and as a community, we try to correct those imperfections and help those people as much as we can.
In practical terms, that means students fulfill a one-project-per-month community service requirement (minimum). We publicize numerous TIK opportunities for individuals and groups throughout the entire year, and we spend one full day in the spring as a whole school—students, faculty, and staff—offering a hand at various agencies around Atlanta. We also engage in community service projects wherever we go on our grade trips.
The TIK club is focused on building strong, meaningful partnerships with a few groups in the Atlanta area, rather than spreading ourselves too thin; in this way our school can maximize its impact. One way to build these lasting relationships is to promote community participation in service -- not just among students and club members, but the entire Weber family.
This is one of the goals of the Jewish way of living: to experience commonplace deeds as spiritual adventures, to feel the hidden love and wisdom in all things.
Abraham Joshua Heschel