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TOA 2021 Details

Jewish tradition teaches that we have an obligation to partner with God in tikkun olam, in reparing the world. Every morning during our Religious School Tefillah, we thank God for the opportunity to mend the world.

During the Tikkun Olam-a-thon, you are invited to reach out to our community and neighbors in need with acts of loving kindness as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision and teach the importance of unity, diversity and the worth of every person.

Tikkun Olam-a-thon is..

  • People helping people – children, adults, seniors.
  • An opportunity to choose from 10 projects
  • One way to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • A chance to fulfill our sacred obligation to repair the world.
  • Over 300 Shir Shalom members joining on one day to help those in need.   

This year, Tikkun Olam-a-thon is coming to your home! Here is how you can participate:

  1. Register using the form below and pick the project that best suits your family.
  2. Pick up your project from Temple during the week of January 11. You can sign up for a pick up time when you register!
  3. Log on to our Tikkun Olam-a-thon Opening Ceremony at 9:45am on Sunday, January 17 (link will be emailed to you!)
  4. Stay online to learn about your project, the organization you are helping and meet other families who are also participating in your project. 
  5. Do your project at home with your family. Don't forget to take photos and email them to You can also tag us on social media using the hashtag #TOA2021. 
  6. Return your completed project and any extra supplies to Temple by Friday, January 22.

Project & Partner Organization Information


We are making mini sized blankets for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield. They use these blankets to help maintain a healthy temperature for each of these babies. The doctors and nurses that take care of these special people are thrilled to have the community support.


Jewish Senior Life assists with the aging population in the Detroit Jewish community. They are responsible for the housing, feeding, and nurturing of the residents that live in the multiple buildings in Oak Park and West Bloomfield. Although COVID has made the life of the residents more difficult, all the staff at the buildings are there to help the residents cope with the many difficulties they encounter. We are making centerpieces to brighten up the dining rooms.


Lighthouse of Oakland County assists local residents and has seen a dramatic increase in need this year. They have emergency shelter facilities, offer rental assistance and affordable housing resources, support services, and aid in the community by helping displaced individuals get back on their feet. They work with the homeless and the working poor. The bags we are making will provide their clients with a few toiletries and socks - an important item during cold weather. 


Heart 2 Hart works with the homeless population by going into the streets each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to personally distribute life-saving items to Detroiters. The organization connects those they serve with community service organizations, rehab facilities, estranged family members, and even potential employers. The bags that we are making will be distributed by Heart 2 Hart to those in need.


We cannot thank our essential hospital staff enough for all they do to keep us safe and well cared for. There will be individual food boxes filled with candy and a note of appreciation for these hometown heroes. This is just a small way to say that we appreciate their dedication.


Hazon is in the business of creating an environmentally sustainable world. With the increased challenges of food insecurity, Hazon has taken on the role of distributing and redistributing food to local food banks so that no food is wasted and those in need are able to receive food. We will be making soup jars with soup ingredients that will feed eight people. 

For our 2 1/2-6 year olds & families: Young children by nature are egocentric. Teaching empathy and helping in the process of tikkun olam, repairing the world, is a gift you can give your child. This project is designed to begin the conversation with your child about helping others and the process of empathy. Families with younger children can sign up for this age-appropriate project that will involve collecting food items from home to donate to those in need through Hazon. Participants will also make cards to go along with their bag of food. 


Delivering food and household products for Yad Ezra allows families and individuals in our greater community the help that they need to be able to maintain their independence. We are proud to be able to be part of this worthy endeavor, as we have been for many years.


Taking care of the pet population in the greater Detroit community is part of the job of Detroit Dog Rescue. They provide a humane alternative to a kill shelter by offering no-kill, fostering and pet adoptions and helping to keep the pet population under control. The dog toys and snuffle mats (for enrichment) that we are making and donating will be appreciated by our furry friends.


Coleman A. Young Elementary School is on the west-side of Detroit and serves a community of Pre K-5 students. Temple Shir Shalom has had a long standing relationship with the staff. In the past, our SSTY students have put on an annual Game Day for the students in the community. This year, SSTY will be making fleece blankets for students. We will also be collecting coats, scarves, gloves and hats of all sizes to donate to the school.


 Registration is now closed. Please email if you would like to participate in Tikkun Olam-a-thon.


Wed, January 20 2021 7 Sh'vat 5781