Tikkun Olam: MJDS Students Build a Tiny Home
Students will get hands-on design and building experience as they create a custom Tiny Home to be delivered to the Veterans Village in Racine. The Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin organization addresses the needs of homeless veterans, providing their own personal home to sleep and relax. Each house has a bed, chair and television. Meals and bathroom facilities are available 24-hours a day in the communal lodge which encourages the veterans to interact with each other and reduce isolation.
Follow our journey as we prepare for a Spring 2023 delivery!
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.
Mitzvah Day is held annually in memory of Michael Kovnar, a seventh grade MJDS student who passed away due to cancer in 1999. To honor his short life and legacy of raising money for others in need, upper school students volunteer at different locations all over the city while lower school students do work for a number of different charities within the building.
Organizations that students volunteer with include:
- Jewish Community Center
- Gan Ami
- St. Ann's
- Hunger Task Force
- The Jewish Home
- SHARP Literacy
- VA Hospital
- Hope House and more.
Mitzvah Day is an incredible day of community service and a special tradition at MJDS.