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TIKKUN OLAM

Kehilat Nitzan strives to combine in its activities the three pillars upon which the world stands: Torah (study), avodah (ritual), and gemilut chasadim (acts of loving-kindness). The term Tikkun Olam means "repairing the world" and is a general phrase that refers to social justice and improving the community. 

Our Tikkun Olam programs are managed by a board of directors with oversight from the synagogue board and supports people who are:

  1. experiencing homelessness and/or family violence
  2. socially isolated
  3. unwell
  4. dependent or have a disability
  5. new immigrants and refugees in need of assistance
  6. bereaved members
  7. community members suffering material loss through natural disasters
  8. residents in hospices, nursing homes and hostels

 

We are an all-volunteer organisation, depending entirely on donations from generous well-wishers, and on the time and dedication of over one hundred volunteers. We are most grateful for the support of our congregants and encourage ongoing support. There are so many identified areas of need in the wider community which we would love to address should we be financially able to do so.

If you want to help, either financially or otherwise, please email us, call 03 9500 0906 or donate here

Kehilat Nitzan Tikkun Olam PBI Ltd has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status so all donations are tax deductible. Just choose the 'Tikkun Olam' donation category and we shall email you a  tax-deductible receipt for your donation.  

Our wonderful Tikkun Olam volunteers have been active over the last twelve months, supporting people in so many ways despite the pandemic. Below is a sample of the amazing activities our volunteers have been doing.  


Connectivity

Social opportunities for 70+ year olds to alleviate isolation through movies, lectures, social gatherings, excursions and the KN monthly Book Club. 

For a list of links to "The Influencers", a series of talks by Zvi Civins click here.


Food Van

Our incredible volunteers prepare food every Tuesday and deliver it to people experiencing homelessness on the streets of St Kilda, residents in rooming houses and visitors looking for take home meals at Alma Park in St Kilda.  Find out more


Nitzanim Singers

We hold regular singing performances, in four languages, at aged care facilities with resident participation. Want to know more?


Supplying food, clothing and financial support

  1. Jewish Care with vouchers for fresh fruit/vegetables and kitchen/bathroom essentials for individuals and families
  2. Kosher Meals on Wheels - through sponsored food packs during Passover and Rosh Hashanah
  3. Richmond Churches Food Centre for the City of Yarra residents undergoing food insecurity
  4. Avalon Centre supporting men experiencing homelessness and mental and physical health challenges 
  5. Jewish residents of St Kilda public housing with social activities and entertainment 
  6. Flying Fox/Camp Sababa - sponsoring Shabbatons (weekends away) for young people with learning disability and their siblings
  7. Cancer Council of Victoria 
  8. National Homeless Collective for the purchase of winter packs comprising sleeping bag, socks, gloves, scarf and beanie. 
  9. Food Bank
  10. Empower/Planet Shaker Church for unemployed non-residents ineligible for government support 
  11. Disaster relief for victims of floods and fires  
  12. Meals to Kehilat Nitzan members in mourning, delivered by our volunteers Sunday through to Thursday

Projects with your help

For the next twelve months, 2022, we wish to continue our support as above, as well as including the following:

  1. Friendship Circle – alleviating isolation and the sense of community exclusion of children and young adults with special needs 
  2. Paw Pals – A Mackillop Education Service using trained therapy dogs to assist children who are disengaged or at risk of disengaging from education
  3. Alfred Hospital Neurology Unit – 4 walkers
  4. Indigenous Literacy Foundation- providing culturally appropriate books for children in remote communities.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our programs.

  • Do you want to help/participate with any of the above activities?
  • Would you like to meet with like-minded people and make a difference to the world around you?
  • Do you have an idea for a program, or a one-off activity?

Then please email Fran Feldman to get involved. 


KN Child Safety Policy

We comply with the Kehilat Nitzan Child Safety Policy which can be viewed here.

 

 

Tue, 24 May 2022 23 Iyyar 5782