Charity and Healing of the World
The word tzedakah (Hebrew: צדקה) comes from the Hebrew word tzedek, meaning righteousness or justice. It refers to the Jewish practice of giving money in order to help those less fortunate—using our financial resources to create a more just and righteous world. Practices similar to tzedakah can be found in many other cultures and religions, such aszakat in the Muslim tradition or tithing in Christianity. Tzedakah is different from the idea of “charity” or “philanthropy” in that it is not understood as a nice thing to do when you feel moved, but rather as an obligation of every community member to give to those in need. In fact, ancient Jewish law requires giving 10% of one's income to tzedakah, and even one who receives financial assistance is required to give to others.
At Havurat Shalom, $25 of every membership fee is set aside and stewarded as a "Tzedakah Fund" - available to be used in the support of others and to "Tikkun Olam" - heal the world.