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Fain Award Winner- TIKKUN: To Take on the World


TIKKUN: To Take on the World 

TIKKUN is a program that aims amplify Temple Israel's students’ civic voices and their understanding of how prophetic Judaism bears upon their lives through an intensive curriculum that empowers students to continue the work they do during L’Taken at home.

Community Contact Information:

Temple Israel

Boston, MA            



  • Build students’ capacity to engage in their state’s legislative process
  • Strengthen students' ownership and confidence as stakeholders in state politics
  • Develop civic engagement as a part of students' Jewish identities.


The TIKKUN class is held within the structure of Temple Israel’s Monday Night School (MNS) program, their weekly supplemental high school for grades 8-12. The TIKKUN Lobby Day is held on a Monday, and immediately following the event, the teen advocates attend MNS and share reflections on their experience with their peers. Later, the TIKKUN Lobby Day participants craft and offer a sermon on their experiences at a congregational Kabbalat Shabbat service.                         

Project Implementation:

Spring 5773/2013 - Teen house meeting following L'Taken, focuses on how to engage participants inspired by L'Taken and eager to advance their skills on a local level.

Fall 5774/2013 - Launch of 12-session TIKKUN course in Temple Israel's weekly supplemental high school program.

January 5774/2014 - Year 1 TIKKUN Lobby Day

January 5774/2014 - Year 1 TIKKUN Sermon, delivered by teens reporting on their experience, including content of the issues for which they advocated.

February 5774/2014 - Temple Israel sends L'Taken delegation, which includes some TIKKUN alumni to DC

April 5774/2014 - L'Taken sermon includes connection between the two programs

Fall 5775/2014 - registration for Year 2 of TIKKUN course

Upcoming: Year 2 TIKKUN sermon at congregational Kabbalat Shabbat service.


TIKKUN empowers a group of Jewish teens to become more familiar with the legislative process, more aware of their roles in the politics of their state, and more confident in their civic engagement. The program results in a deeper understanding of the pursuit of justice as a part of students' Jewish identities. Every TIKKUN teen advocate who has also participated in L’Taken has come away with thoughtful, sophisticated comparisons of the federal and state legislative processes. In addition, student reactions have been overwhelmingly positive. The congregants who heard or read the first TIKKUN sermon have been deeply impressed, proud, and enthusiastic about the program. TIKKUN’s enrollment numbers increased 20% from year one to year two. As knowledge of TIKKUN spreads, it has helped to broaden the success of TI's 7th-8th grade enrollment retention, and, ehas helped them reenroll upperclassmen, by offering an exciting post- Confirmation program option. Futhermore, TIKKUN has helped to bridge the successful community organizing efforts of TI's adult justice initiative and the justice efforts of their teen community.