The inaugural “Tikkun Olam Institute: Fixing the World Through a Jewish Perspective” took place 15-17 June 2011 in Long Beach and LA for students and young adults in Southern California to come together and mingle as well as learning about fixing the world from a Jewish perspective.
Starting off on the afternoon of Wednesday 15 June with cleaning up the Colorado Lagoon, the Tikkun Olam Institute sought to demonstrate that it’s not purely about talking about tikkun olam, but putting it into action. Following the clean-up a BBQ was held to refresh and to recharge and simply to mingle. For more, click here.
The following day of Thursday 16 June was packed full with a morning of discussions followed by a lunch and learn on “Chasidism & Tikkun Olam”, continuing with a text-study on the mitzvah of lending money and more. Following the daytime activities, the program then moved on up to Los Angeles for some Judaica shopping and then hearing from Rabbi Yonah Bookstein speak during dinner, and then heading back down to Long Beach for Beer, Bible & Baked Goods discussion on being a Light Unto the Nations. For more, click here.
The Tikkun Olam Institute concluded with BLT: Bagels, Lox & Torah on Friday 17 June, which had a few more discussions, activities, and text-studies and concluding with a “Where do we go from here?” session. For more, click here.
This program was made possible through the generous sponsorship of Larry Tichauer and Dr. Harvey & Adrianne Goldstone of Dr. Goldstone High-Definition Vision Centers in memory of Harvey’s grandfather מנחם מנדל בן משה.