The Hebrew phrase Tikkun Olam translates into English as "repair of the world." In addition to recognizing those who exemplify Tikkun Olam, proceeds from the Shining Lights Award Banquet support the mission of Congregation Beth Sholom to achieve "repair of the world" through good works.
A few examples of ongoing Tikkun Olam projects at Congregation Beth Sholom:
Mitzvah (Good Deed) Mall
Congregation Beth Sholom's Mitzvah Mall is a premier winter holiday event. Attendees donate to their favorite non-profits as holiday "gift cards" to friends and family. Alaskan and national charitable organizations gain financial support and recognition, while donors enjoy the festive atmosphere and engage in their own Tikkun Olam by honoring friends and relatives with donations and personalized cards.
Joy Greisen Preschool & Camp Sholom
Joy Greisen Preschool & After-school program, and winter, spring and summer Camp Sholom are licensed for 80 children between the ages of 3 months and 15 years and welcome any child in need of quality care and a nurturing environment. 80% of the children come to this quality program from outside the Congregation's membership, including our Muldoon neighborhood and throughout greater Anchorage.
Each year, Congregation Beth Sholom partners with Saint Patrick's Church, the Muldoon Community Assembly Church and the Food Bank of Alaska for Thanksgiving Blessings, a program that provides Thanksgiving dinners for our East Anchorage neighbors in need. We provide volunteers and financial support for this wonderful outreach project. This effort provides dinners for families in need who want to cook a Thanksgiving meal in their home.
Anne Frank Remembrance Fund
The Anne Frank Remembrance Fund supports programs that promote awareness of modern-day genocide, memorialize those affected by the atrocities of World War II and encourage acceptance and understanding of all people. Through this fund, Congregation Beth Sholom was a proud lead sponsor, along with Identity Inc. and the Anchorage School District, of Blue Shirt Day: World Day of Bullying Prevention.