Parents and Children Working Together for Tikkun Olam
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Parents and Children Working Together for Tikkun Olam

Categories Repair The World 

Lesson Summary:

Help students and parents think about how to integrate Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, into their daily and family lives. Look at a few examples of kids and families that did community service together and inspire families to think concretely about how they can make a positive impact in their communities and beyond. Some of the stories may need to be simplified, adapted, or excerpted for young children.

Enduring Understandings:

1. People of any age have the ability to effect positive change in their communities.
2. Doing tikkun olam has an effect on the people taking action as well as the world in which they live.
3. Doing Tikkun Olam together can give families a concrete way to enact their Jewish values.

Essential Questions:

1. What motivates you to take action to repair the world?
2.What power do young people have to make the world better?

Be Inspired:The ideas included are offered as starting points as you and your students explore, discover and live the lessons. Be sure to elicit and encourage student and parent participation, consistently reinforcing the value being addressed. Allow lessons to authentically develop and change based on engagement and interests.

Lesson Plan Components

For the educatorJewish Thought, Text, and Traditionsmore

Jewish every dayIncorporate Jewish Valuesmore

Materials and resourcesmore


(available via link in procedures section, below)

  • White/black board or butcher paper and chalk/markers 
  • CHOOSE ONE: craft materials for drawing or collage making: magazines, glue, scissors, various colors of paper OR costumes/props for skits/charades
  • copies of "An Alternative Family Vacation" article
  • paper and pens


Explore, Discover, and More Extension and Reinforcement Activitiesmore

Music Connectionsmore

Evidence of Learningmore

• Participants will be able to identify emotions or experiences that motivate people to do community service or social action work.
•All participants will be able to explain their own motivations for helping others.
• Adult participants will be able to articulate key moments in the development of their own code of ethics or ideas around helping others.
• Adult participants will be able to connect the opportunity to do tikkun olam to the (Jewish) values they think are important.
• Families will create concrete plans for incorporating tikkun olam into their family life and practice.


Lesson Contributors

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