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Tikkun Olam Shabbat

We need your helping hands on August 6th.

After Shabbat services and a brown back lunch, we’ll be packing “Welcome Boxes” for foster children.

Now, more than ever, we are aware of how many needs there are in the world. We often feel powerless to help. But this time of year, as we start to remember the destruction of our sacred Temple in Jerusalem, Shir Tikvah recognizes that each and every one of us can help repair the world.

According to the non-profit Embrace Oregon, there are over 2,000 children currently in foster care in the Portland-metro area. They spend an average of 19 months in care. “Welcome Boxes” distributed by Embrace Oregon – full of toiletries, snacks and extras – can help them as they transition to new situations. Each box will also include hand-written notes of encouragement which may be the most important thing of all.

This project was brought to us by one of our b’nai mitzvah students, who was in foster care herself. We applaud all of our students who work so hard to bring about good in the world.

This project funded by:

  • 2015-2016 Tzedakah dollars from Nashira Project families
  • Donations from the 4Imprint company
  • Additional contributions from the Shir Tikvah community

Interested in donating items for the boxes?
Contact Katie for suggestions.

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