One of my favorite proverbs notes that if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you can feed him for a lifetime. For me, it is perhaps the best embodiment of the Jewish principle of tikkun olam that I was taught by my parents, and which I have experienced through my experiences with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Center for Social Responsibility and Commitee for the Jewish Poor.
The nexus of these principles for me these days is JEVS Human Services, which helps people from all walks of life realize individual independence.
Founded as Jewish Employment and Vocational Service on the principle of tikkun olam–the shared responsibility to repair the world–JEVS’ work began 75 years ago through the assistance of Jewish refugees who were fleeing Europe and atrocities of the Holocaust.
Read more of this opinion column by JEVS Board member Bob Levine on JEVS’ continued relevance and our 75th anniversary in the Jewish Exponent.