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Tikkun Olam

Rather than relying on God to repair the world, Judaism compels us to take action and do it ourselves – which means that there can be a real sense of empowerment that comes with living a Jewish life.

Try this family's unique way of engaging children in tikkun olam by helping the homeless.

Noah loves everything about summer camp  except swimming. Yet, when he finds out about a camp swim-a-thon that will give other children a chance to attend the camp he loves, Noah leaps at the chance to jump in the water and do his part to help.

The attitude of Reform Judaism toward labor and social justice was formulated at the thirtieth biennial convention of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now the URJ), following a long and heated discussion of the subject.

In a retelling of a ancient folk tale, Benny's grandfather runs a bakery with the best bagels in town. When people thank Benny's grandpa for the bagels, he says that God is the one who should be thanked. Benny comes up with a creative way to thank God for the bagels, with a surprising result.

When is the last time you genuinely apologized to someone for something you did? What makes an apology worthwhile? What steps do people need to take in order for an apology to be sincere? Do you think Judaism’s “opinion” will agree with yours?

Watch these Shalom Sesame videos with your children to learn about Tu Bishvat, then try some of the fun discussion ideas and activities recommended by Reform Jewish educators.

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