Tikun Olam – Community Service
Tikun Olam is a Hebrew phrase that means “repairing the world” (or “healing the world”) which suggests humanity’s shared responsibility to heal, repair and transform the world. The phrase tikun Olam means that Jews are not only responsible for creating a model society among themselves but also are responsible for the welfare of the society at large.
At SMM we recognize that we have an important role to play in the wider world, and that we are privileged to have the ability to be able to give something back to our own community here in Singapore as well as other Jewish Communities in Israel and around the world, but we also impart on our students the we are not only responsible for our own we are also responsible for others.
We also believe that Service activities do not only involve doing things for others, but also doing things with others and developing a real commitment with them.
It is our aim to educate and develop students whose intellect, moral character and Jewish identity provide a lifelong foundation for personal growth, commitment to the Jewish people and Tikun Olam—improving the world in which we live.
In an effort to reinforce the principles of responsibility and respect, and to live in the spirit of Tikun Olam, the Community Service component of SMM offers ongoing opportunities for our students to engage in meaningful community service projects such as:
Old Age home in Singapore: Singapore is fortunate to have its own home for the elderly which is totally funded and supported by the community. (Ongoing projects)
- The SMM students are equally fortunate to have the opportunity to share with the elders of our community. Effort is made to ensure that our students visit and experience the holidays with the residents of the home and bring smiles to their faces.
Philippines relief effort: Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful tropical storms on record, caused tremendous damage when it made landfall in the Philippines in November 2013. More than 6,000 people were killed. Thousands of homes were destroyed. Over 14 million Filipinos, including nearly 6 million children, were affected.
- The SMM students quickly gathered together to find ways to help in any way they could, from collecting funds, food, clothing…. This was a wonderful opportunity for parents and students alike to get together and help others.
Zirchon Menachem: Zichron Menachem is a non-profit organization that grants immediate, practical and long-term aid and solutions to young cancer patients from the moment of diagnosis and throughout their battle with illness, as well as physical and emotional support to parents and families throughout the long, excruciating ordeal.
- Students have raised over $1,200 for this organization through our Middot Program, we also had students donating their own hair to cancer patients. (Ongoing project)
Leket foundation: Founded in 2003, Leket Israel serves as Israel’s largest food bank and food rescue network actively working to alleviate the problem of nutritional insecurity among Israel’s diverse population. (Ongoing Project)
- Students have raised $760 through the Matanot Laevyonim Project in school and had the opportunity to learn firsthand about food wastage.
Uniform drive: With our school quickly growing and expanding, many changes have been underway. One of those changes was the introduction of new uniforms. But what do we do with opur old uniforms?
- With the help of parents SMM students gathered their old uniforms and donated them to students in need in a school in the Philippines!