Tikkun Olam

תיקון עולם
Tikkun Olam

Literally translates to "world repair" and has come to
connote social action and the pursuit of social justice.


The Social Action Committee (SAC) creates opportunities, within our Temple community and beyond, for Temple members to contribute to the work of tikkun olam, repairing the world, through mitzvot, good deeds, tzedakah, charitable acts of justice and righteousness, g’milut chasadim, acts of loving kindness, and tzedek, working to overcome root causes of social injustice. 

We work on projects and activities that address human needs, including food, shelter and security for families and children in our local and global communities. We administer the Tzedakah box, located at the sanctuary’s entrance. Some of our actions are informed by the Religious Action Center which educates and mobilizes the Reform Jewish community on legislative and social concerns, advocating on more than 70 different issues, including economic justice, civil rights, religious liberty, Israel and more. Beth El Temple Center also is a proud member of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), and collaborates as well with other interfaith coalitions on specific issues. GBIO is a faith-based, community-organizing group that brings together congregations from across the Boston area to share the sacred work of pursuing justice.

We hope you will get involved in one of our many projects. New ideas are always welcome.


Jonathan Jacoby Tikkun Olam Award

The Jonathan Jacoby Tikkun Olam Award is awarded annually to one adult and one youth member of Beth El Temple Center in recognition of their efforts to repair the world through social action and social justice. The award was created to honor Jonathan Jacoby, a dedicated long-time Temple Member, an incredible treasure of a human being, who quietly and humbly performed numerous acts of tikkun olam. By his quiet actions, Jonathan has taught us the power each of us has to repair the world. Jonathan has inspired many of us both to do more and to do better at the work of caring, of staying involved, and of making a difference in the lives of others.

Nominations for the annual award are submitted in August and September; honorees are announced in October at the Social Action Shabbat Service.  Each honoree receives a certificate, and can designate a charitable organization to receive a $100 donation in his/her/their honor.  

The 2022 program booklet includes brief narratives of this year's honorees’ activities, as well as a list of previous honorees.

When We Meet and More Info

The SAC has planning meetings the second Sunday of each month from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.  Check the Temple Calendar or eBulletin for location. Everyone is welcome!

For more information, contact the Social Action Committee chair(s) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Support our Social Action and Social Justice Work

Make a tax-deductible gift to Social Action Programs.  Thank you for your partnership in our sacred work of repairing the world. 

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Contact Info

Beth El Temple Center
2 Concord Ave
Belmont, MA 02478
(617) 484-6668
[email protected]