Tikkun Olam (Healing the World)


Tikkun Olam (healing the world) expresses our Jewish responsibility to finish the act of creation by working towards a more perfect world. Rabbi Tarfon taught: "It is not your responsibility to finish the work, but you are not free to desist from it either" (Pirkei Avot 2:16).

Helping the poor, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, and repairing the environment are some of the mitzvot that the Tikkun Olam committee enables our community to fulfill.  Please join us in our continued work.  New ideas, new faces, and new leadership are always welcome to help us improve the lives of others.

Committee Meeting Dates

Sunday, October 11, 2020 - Read Minutes

Sunday,  December 13, 2020 - Read Minutes

Sunday, January 10, 2021- Read Minutes

Sunday, March 14, 2021- Read Minutes

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 11:00am

- Read Minutes

(All meetings begin at 10:45 am unless otherwise noted.)

Want to Get Involved?

Have An Idea for a Project?

Contact Us!

Helene Molter, co-chair helene.molter@gmail.com

Holly Singer, Co-Chair


Rabbi Adena Blum


Justice, justice shall you pursue.

  • Deuteronomy 16:20

Thank You!

The Tikkun Olam committee would like to start the New Year with a huge thank you to the many congregants who participated in our Thanksgiving and LIGHTS drives to benefit the JFCS Food Pantry! The JFCS staff expressed enormous gratitude to Beth Chaim especially as the food pantry demand has greatly increased, noting that "Beth Chaim's generosity and energy is always appreciated and your ongoing partnership with our agency is something we treasure!" 

We are so grateful for the ongoing generosity and commitment of our congregants to helping those in need in our community.

This Year's Projects

Ongoing Activities

High Holy Day Food Drive

Sponsored by BCTY

Bring paper bags filled with non-perishable food (no glass please) to the synagogue on Yom Kippur.  Start the New Year with a mitzvah* by turning your fast into an opportunity to feed the hungry.


Thanksgiving Baskets
for Jewish Family & Children’s Service

November 1-10, 2020

Donate non-perishable kosher Thanksgiving items and help create baskets for JFCS to distribute.

L.I.G.H.T.S. - Love Is Giving Hanukkah Gifts To Share

for Jewish Family & Children’s Service

November 23 - December 2, 2020

Donate Hanukkah gift cards to help families in need to celebrate the holidays.

Chai Tea & Knitting for a Cause

Sponsored by Sisterhood

Join us for coffee, sweets, and the opportunity to make a difference during these cold months. We will be knitting baby hats, baby blankets and baby toys for donation.

No knitting knowledge required; patterns are simple and will be provided. If you have size 6 or 7 needles and DK or worsted weight yarn, please bring them – we will have extra.

Valentine’s Day Diaper Drive

February 1 - 19, 2021

Donate diapers, wipes, ointments, bottles, nipples, and formula for families in need at Womanspace.

Passover Kosher Food Drive

for Jewish Family & Children’s Service

Collection Dates: March 1 - 15, 2021

Donate kosher for Passover food to enable members of the Jewish community to celebrate Passover in their homes. Please NO cake mixes, cereals, matzoh, matzoh meal  or farfel!

Mother’s Day Gift Bag Toiletry Drive

Sponsored by Sisterhood

Donate unused travel-size toiletries for mothers in need.

RSVP to sisterhood@bethchaim.org.

HomeFront Summer Camp Meals

Feed hungry children at HomeFront’s camp throughout the summer while providing work experience for adults with special needs.

Back-to-School Black Sneaker Drive

Collection through August 15

Tikkun Olam Committee has begun our annual HomeFront Back-to-School Drive focused on black or white sneakers, suitable for gym. We hope you will consider participating. Thank you! 

Please click here to view the online sign up sheet with all specifics. 

*A mitzvah is a commandment from the Torah and can sometimes refer to a good deed.

Meals for HomeFront
Prepare monthly meals to feed children in after-school programming at HomeFront.

Holly Singer Eland: singereland@gmail.com


On-Going Kosher Food Collection
Drop off non-perishables in temple lobby for delivery to JFCS food pantry.

Fran Lichtenstein: franlich@verizon.net


McCaffrey’s Receipts
Deposit your McCaffrey’s receipts on the temple office door to benefit Hadassah.

Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK)
Prepare and serve meals in Trenton the 3rd Monday of the month (contact Ronnie Leonard: ronniesleo@aol.com for more information). Or find another time and location to prepare and serve meals at


B’nai Mitzvah Projects
Need ideas for your bar /bat mitzvah project? Visit Cantor Stuart Binder, Rabbi Adena Blum, or Anne Berman-Waldorf to learn how to use your passions to do a mitzvah* in our area.