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Locals push to expand social action and justice efforts


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/community_briefs/article/locals_push_to_expand_social_action_and_justice_efforts_20070914

Helping others and bettering the community -- "healing the world," as tikkun olam translates from Hebrew -- are ancient themes in Judaism. This has most commonly been done through social action -- planned events like feeding the homeless, visiting the elderly and cleaning up a neighborhood. But in the past few years, there has been an explosion among American Jewry, particularly within the Reform movement, to do more than just treat a symptom.

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