While a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is not an “adult” by any measure today, the onset of the teen years certainly is the beginning of the gradual transition into adulthood. As such, one of the most important lessons of adulthood that Wise seeks to teach our Bar or Bat Mitzvah is that Jewish adults have a responsibility to repair our broken world – Tikkun Olam. We cannot be bystanders or merely passive passengers through life, we must be actively engaged in the world because it needs us to be more whole. It is for this reason that the Tikkun Olam project is an integral part of our preparations preceding the actual Bar/Bat Mitzvah service.
To assist our families in guiding their Bar/Bat Mitzvah student towards choosing a meaningful Tikkun Olam project, we’ve prepared this web page with project ideas, links to resources, a form to complete so that the staff at Wise will be aware of your project and can offer assistance to you as well as guide you to partnership with other students interested in similar work. Additionally, we encourage all our students to document their work with photos and a brief explanation to post on ourBar or Bat Mitzvah Tikkun Olam blog here.