Toward a Tikkun Olam Policy for World Jewry and Israel

By Roger Bennett, Eli Fried, Charles Keidan

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Spring 2009

David Ben Gurion worked to create an Israel that was a light to the nations, and many modern Jews consider tikkun olam to be a cornerstone of their Jewish identity, yet the State of Israel spends only 0.06% of its national income on official development assistance, and assistance of Diaspora Jews to the worlds poorest inhabitants is "marginal." A tikkun olam policy for world Jewry would not only revolutionize the relationship between Israeli and Diaspora Jews from one of support/defense to one of cooperation, but it would also have a significant impact on the wellbeing of humankind. Private philanthropies can be used to fund a tikkun olam research project, a task force for Jewish commitment to international development, and a world Jewish service corps. The Israeli government would be compelled by these initiatives to work with the entire Jewish people to answer their call for justice.

Topic: Diaspora Relations, Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Social Justice, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Volunteerism, Global Responsibility

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Gail Naron

Volume/Issue: Vol.84/no.1/2

Page Number(s): 82-90

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Bennett, Roger. Fried, Eli. Keidan, Charles. Toward a Tikkun Olam Policy for World Jewry and Israel. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Spring 2009: 82-90. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4118


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