Hillel used to say:
”If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
And if I am only for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when?”
Pirke Avot 1:14
It takes joy to heal the world. Temple Or Olam’s members know that first hand.
We are committed to action and deed on a range of fronts, from combating hunger, cancer, and domestic violence to supporting efforts to care for the environment and make health care available to the under-served. Our efforts have included:
- Gleaning to help provide food for the hungry.
- Raising funds for needed medical equipment at the Community Free Clinic of Concord
- Participating in our local Relay for Life to raise money for cancer research and treatment
- Annually donating to CVAN, the Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network: Temple Or Olam’s Men for Change lead the charge in supporting local efforts to safeguard victims and their children from domestic abuse.
- Feeding the homeless at The Samaritan House Night Shelter of Concord
- Sorting goods for the homeless and underserved at the Metrolina Food Bank of Charlotte
- Participating in our local CROP walk to help combat hunger
- Improving our efforts to reduce plastic and paper waste at Temple functions
“One good deed leads to another,” as the rabbis say (Pirkei Avot 4:2). When we join together to do any good deed the joy is palpable. The healing, we hope, will be, too.