Tikkun Olam

The Tikkun Olam Committee sponsors programs and projects that help the most vulnerable members of the community by promoting social justice and "repairing the world." As the central address for tzedek initiatives in the synagogue, the Tikkun Olam Committee coordinates the social action projects of all the departments, arms, and committees in order to maximize the effectiveness of our activities. Tikkun Olam organizes hands-on projects, like Mitzvah of the Month, that give members of the congregation opportunities to assist people and institutions in our neighborhood, in the wider metropolitan area, in Israel and throughout the world. The committee also works with our schools and the adult education department to integrate action with learning about the practice of social justice and righteous giving as Jewish values.

We encourage you to volunteer for one or more of our activities throughout the year, and set an example for all members of our community. For more information or to join the Tikkun Olam Committee, please contact

Going on Now

Project Prom
Temple Emanu-El, 1 E. 65th St.
Setup | Tue | Apr 2 | 1:00–4:00 pm
Shopping | Wed–Thu | Apr 3–4 | 11:am–6:00 pm
Once again, PAS will partner with Central Synagogue and Temple Emanu-El for Project Prom in Spring 2019. The two-day event provides a free boutique-style shopping experience to more than 250 low-income NYC high school girls to outfit them for their proms - dresses, shoes and accessories.

How to Get Involved:

Donate goods directly to Temple Emanu-El. Items needed this year are:
• Formal dresses appropriate for teenage girls going to Prom. Please make sure dresses are free of excessive stains and damages. If you would like to purchase a new dress for this event, we would be delighted to accept It.
• New and gently used evening bags.
• We are NOT accepting used shoes.
Please drop all donations off in the bins at One East 65th Street, by March 24, 2019 Attn: Project Prom, Tikkun Olam Committee, Mitzvah Room
If you have connections in the garment, accessories, or cosmetics industries and can arrange for large donations, please let us know.
Volunteer at the event: 
If you would like to volunteer at Project Prom, please be in touch with Tikkun Olam Co-Chair Carrie Shwarz (carriesschwarz@gmail.com).

Past Project

Volunteer to Facilitate Online Classes for Homebound Seniors
Assist Selfhelp in enabling the elderly to live independently and with dignity. Using video chat technology, homebound seniors attend online classes in which they can see, hear and communicate with the facilitator and other participants. These interactive classes can feature discussion, entertainment, an activity like gentle exercise. Topics include history, art or music appreciation, travel, health/wellness, debates, archeology, comparative religion, legal issues, and hobbies. There are flexible scheduling options that include short-term and ongoing classes during the day, evening, or weekend. For more information on becoming a volunteer facilitator, please contact Carmella Chessen at 646-259-4987 or cchessen@selfhelp.net.