Tikkun Olam is the Jewish way of saying “the world needs fixing, and it’s our job to fix it.” In the words of the Talmud:
“It is not upon you to finish the work, but you are not free to ignore it.”
(Mishna, Ethics, 2:21)
You are about to embark on a year of personal growth and learning that will help to shape your views on Judaism and the world around you. To help guide you on this journey you will be taking part in a #MitzvahQUEST specifically designed to enhance your confirmation curriculum. #MitzvahQUEST encourages you to take a deeper look at your daily life to find the Jewish values within. This is not a one-time program or event, but rather it is a process that will take you through your entire confirmation year.
Each of the #MitzvahQUEST activities falls under one of the following categories:
- Torah — Study & Teaching
- Avodah — Worship participation & Leadership
- Kehilah — Community building
- G’milut Chasadim — Acts of loving kindness
You will find the specific activities on your #MitzvahQUEST board at MitzvahQUEST.org. This is where you will upload your videos, photos and writings to mark your progress.
We are excited to announce that there will be a scholarship component to your #MitzvahQUEST experience. All confirmands who also complete 3 activities in each category will reach the Madrich level and will receive a $150 scholarship. Confirmands who complete 4 activities in each category will achieve the Tzadik level and receive a $200 scholarship and those who complete the entire #MitzvahQUEST board will reach the Gaon level and receive a $250 scholarship. These scholarships can be used towards a NFTY, Summer Camp or Israel experience.
Confirmation is about digging deeper and exploring your personal relationship with God, the community, and your Judaism. Through discussions with your fellow confirmands and your completion of the #MitzvahQUEST board you will be better prepared for what lies ahead.
We are so excited to embark on this journey with you! Please let me know if you have any questions!
Rabbi Marina Yergin