Tikkun olam (repair the world) is a concept our students learn throughout their MJDS experience. Our responsibility, as Jews and as people, is to make the world a better place. Our tradition -- from the early precepts of the Torah through the rabbinic literature to today -- students explore what it means to repair the world. Led through Mitzvah Day, Voice of the Children and multiple opportunities throughout the grades internalize this core Jewish principle and do their part to repair the world.
This year was the 17th year MJDS will hold Mitzvah Day in memory of Michael Kovnar, an MJDS student who passed away due to cancer in 1999 when he was in the seventh grade. To honor his short life and legacy of raising money for others in need, middle school students volunteer at different locations all over the city while lower school students do work for a number of different charities back at school. Some of the organizations where students volunteer are the JCC, Gan Ami, St. Ann's, Hunger Task Force, the Jewish Home, SHARP Literacy, the VA Hospital, Hope House and more. Mitzvah Day is an incredible day of community service and a special tradition at MJDS.
Voice of the Children
MJDS has its own not-for-profit, Voice of the Children. Each year, the seventh grade class researches and votes on charitable organizations to receive distributions from Voice of the Children. This project provides students a way to learn about real world issues, raise awareness and then raise money to be part of the solution.