|TORONTO — For the
fourth time in as many years, Toronto Jewish youth
groups have come together to organize a day
dedicated to giving back to the community.
Teens take part in last
year’s Tikkun Toronto
On April 13, an event called “Tikkun
Toronto: Jewish Youth Repairing the World One Day
at a Time,” to be held at Beth Radom Congregation,
will engage more than 150 Jewish young people in
community service initiatives throughout the
Greater Toronto Area.
“The goal for the event is to get teens
involved in the community and instil in them a
desire to continue to give back by showing them
all of the different ways that one can give back,”
said Missy Korn, Bnai Brith Youth Organization’s
(BBYO) program director.
“There is a shadow over community services
sometimes. Kids don’t think that it’s fun, or they
don’t see the benefits of it, and between myself
and the others on the planning committee, we want
to show kids, to show Jewish teens, the
This initiative – funded by UJA Federation of
Greater Toronto and organized by BBYO, Canadian
Young Judea, United Synagogue Youth (USY), Bnei
Akiva and Darchei Noam Teens – provides 14 options
for the teenage participants to choose from.
For instance, students in grades 8 to 12 can
choose to visit the Cummer Lodge Nursing Home to
help set up for their Passover celebration. For
three hours, the volunteers will help set up the
party room with decorations, food and drinks and
help bring the residents, who require assistance,
down to the party room.
Other options include participating in the
Global Day for Darfur Rally, serving ice cream and
painting ceramics with the seniors at Extendicare
during their ice cream social, and helping to
create banners and volunteer packages for the
annual Walk for Israel.
Children in grades 5 to 7 can volunteer in an
event called “Sustainability Cookie Sweetness,
With Some Tie-Dye on the Side.”
During their three-hour volunteer session, the
students will learn ways to improve the
environment, and they’ll tie-dye pillow cases that
will be donated to those in need.
Parents are also encouraged to participate as
supervisors. Teens and parents can register online
“The kids go to the website and pick their
first, second and third choice, and then they come
to Beth Radom, where it is being held, for an
orientation seminar and some ice-breakers,” Korn
“They’ll be divided into different projects,
get on buses and go volunteer for three hours.
Then they come back to the shul for pizza and a
She said that she hopes this event will
offer a range of volunteer opportunities that will
benefit everyone involved.
“It fulfils a need in that kids in high school
have to do community service hours, but my
personal goal for the event is to show teens the
wide variety of ways they can fulfil these
community service hours,” Korn said.
“Hopefully, it’ll give them a desire to
continue giving back to the community, even if
they don’t require community service hours… My
personal goal for this day is to instil in the
teens a desire to give back and to participate in
the tikkun olam in general across the world.”