Tikkun Olam, or in Hebrew: עולם תיקון" repair of the world", defines us as responsible global citizens. As an integral part of RHA learning, the practice of Tikkun Olam opens our children’s eyes to the world around them and teaches them to live their lives with kindness, charity, empathy and gratitude.
Each class unit or activity at RHA considers social responsibility, cultural diversity and how we can help others. Our students support families and charities in need with donations of money and supplies throughout the year and through private initiatives. School-wide Tzedakah initiatives include clothing drives, packing Passover boxes for disadvantaged families, book collections for Toronto’s less-resourced schools, letter writing to victims of natural disasters, poppy sales for veterans, concerts for the aged at Baycrest, and projects for children’s hospitals. Our students participate on committees ranging from Social Action to Eco Club. As part of our Ride-a-Thon, 10% of the money raised goes to a middle school in need of books. And as our grade eight students prepare to graduate, they add to our Legacy Project to help families provide their children with an RHA education.
Our sense of citizenship is informed by both the traditional Judaic concept of Tikkun Olam, but also as our students' role as global citizens with a responsibility to understand conditions of people throughout the world and in our immediate community.