“Tikkun olam—it’s naturally instilled at AHA. When I went to Vietnam to study health issues and help with sustainable development projects, I wasn’t being righteous. I just wanted to face a challenge and learn from it." -Rebecca Altman, Academy Alumna

Tikkun 'olam -- Community Service

What is community service for a Jew? Tikkun 'Olam. Our responsibility as Jews to pursue justice, lift up the needy, and repair the world.

What is Tikkun 'Olam at the Academy? Community service, social action and the pursuit of social justice, and the desire to change and improve the world around us. >We hope to inspire in our students a life-long commitment to the welfare of our Academy community, the larger Jewish community, and all the communities of the world

Our students help the needy, the sick, the elderly, and the disenfranchised; they are involved in peacemaking, planet-cleaning, or peer-tutoring.

The entire Academy commununity also participates in school-wide activities such as the Martin Luther King Day of Service, Greensboro’s Mitzvah Day, and the Special Olympics.


God demands we “unlock the chains of evil, and untie the ropes of lawlessness; to let the oppressed go free, to break off every yoke…. to share your bread with the hungry, and take the wretched poor into your home; when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to ignore your own kin.” (Isaiah 58:6-7)

On Mitzvah Day 2015, 96 individuals from the Academy community put in over 280 hours of hard work and loving care to help make Greensboro a better place by:

  • Sorting and organizing the refrigerators at Out of the Garden Project
  • Throwing a block party, complete with crafts, hula hoops, and tie dye for less-privileged kids at Pathways
  • Creating artistic kippot and tallitot for the Jewish community of our sister city of Beltsy, Moldova and blankets for needy children in Greensboro
  • Cooking and assembling 150 breakfast burritos for homeless individuals in Greensboro to be distributed by Burrito Bikers
  • Weeding and planting food in the Temple Emanuel Mitzvah Garden to be furnished to hungry people in our community
  • Painting and sanding tables and cleaning upholstery for families getting a fresh start through the Barnabas Network
  • Cleaning the community center, playing soccer, and giving art lessons from the Magic Art Bus to immigrant children at the Center for New North Carolinians
  • Raking and gardening at the Blandwood Mansion museum of 19th century life
  • Assembling hygiene kits for homeless individuals working to get a new start through the Interactive Resource Center
  • Graveling, weeding, cleaning dishes, and providing exercise and loving care to animals at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • And babysitting for the children of other volunteers from the Greensboro Jewish community.
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