Jewish Values in Action
We believe Judaism must be meaningful, relevant, and accessible. We live in a world where what we do and how we act is becoming more important than simply what we know. Judaism is no different: Teaching our students how to be a mensch -- how to apply the Jewish knowledge and skills that they have learned -- is paramount.
MJDS has two non-profits, Repairing Together and Voice of the Children, which guide our students to learn and live the core Jewish principle of tikkun olam (repair the world). Through interactive experiences that connect our students to the community around them, they are empowered to make the world a better place.
Repairing Together is organization that links students from schools of different cultural and racial backgrounds to teach tolerance, peace-building and diversity. Through these experiences, students from first through eighth grades collaborate with area non-profit groups to participate in social and environmental action programs to learn about one another and to build empathy and appreciation for people from differing backgrounds. Partner schools of Repairing Together include Milwaukee Jewish Day School, the Indian Community School, Bruce Guadalupe and Milwaukee College Prep.
The organization has served over 450 students since its start and works with the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Serve2Unite, the Urban Ecology Center, the Hunger Task Force, Inc. and Arts@Large. Learn more about Repairing Together by contacting Project Director Elsien Crawford.
Guided by the Jewish values of tzedakah and tikkun olam, Voice of the Children (VOTC) encourages our upper school students to develop their own sense of social justice and philanthropy; promotes awareness of child welfare issues in Africa and Asia and underprivileged Jewish communities abroad; and raises money to support charities that protect children in Africa and Asia, and develop underprivileged Jewish communities abroad. Learn more about Voice of the Children by contacting Program Advisor Noah Kaufman.