Tikkun Olam and Martin Luther King (from The R.A.C.)
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Tikkun Olam and Martin Luther King (from The R.A.C.)

Lesson Summary:

Exploring the idea of Tikkun Olam, to repair the world, including an assignment to recognize, document and share acts of tikkun olam in their world as well as an exploration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and Judaism s history of supporting the pursuit of Justice for all people.

Produced by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism a Washington, DC based legislative, educational l organization advocates on more than 70 different issues, including economic justice, civil rights, religious liberty, Israel and more. 

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.

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For the educatorJewish Thought, Text, and Traditionsmore

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Links to support the exploration of the idea and practice of Tikkun Olam for family and community members:

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TitleAuthorIllustratorBook Summary
The Earth Book Todd ParrTodd ParrThe Earth Book discusses the important subject of conserving Earth’s natural resources. Using his signature colorful illustrations and whimsical storytelling, Todd Parr empowers children and adults with ways they can help save the Earth by “going green”: “I take care of the Earth because I know I can do little things every day to make a BIG difference.” The book offers a practical list of simple activities easily understood by young children, followed by clear explanations of how those simple things can have a large impact on the health of our planet. Appropriately, this book is printed on recycled materials.
26 Big Things Small Hands Do Coleen ParatoreMike ReedGo beyond “A is for Apple” with an alphabet book that builds character. As children learn and review their ABCs, they discover positive actions they can perform with their own small hands—like applauding, building, giving gifts made with love, helping, planting, recycling, and volunteering. These are simple things even toddlers can do for themselves and others. The message throughout is that everyone, no matter how young or how small, can make a difference in the lives of those around them. The book ends with big hands clapping.
As Good as Anybody: Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Amazing March Toward Freedom Richard MichelsonRaul ColonGRADE LEVEL: 1-4

The true story of two young boys, from seemingly very different background, who rise above their own personal suffering to become great civil rights leaders. Together they march during the American Civil Rights Movement, standing up for equality and justice. Martin grew up in a loving family in the American South, at a time when this country was plagued by racial discrimination. He aimed to put a stop to it. He became a minister like his daddy, and he preached and marched for his cause. Abraham grew up in a loving family many years earlier, in a Europe that did not welcome Jews. He found a new home in America, where he became a respected rabbi like his father, carrying a message of peace and acceptance. Here is the story of two icons for social justice, how they formed a remarkable friendship and turned their personal experiences of discrimination into a message of love and equality for all.
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This lesson plan was created by and is hosted by The Religious Action Center s Program Bank.