LEGACY: Community Support

For each month of our anniversary year we will post a social justice “legacy of the month”—an action, initiative or event in our synagogue’s history that reflects our abiding commitment to Tikkun Olam. Taken together, these “highlights” demonstrate the creativity, energy, courage and initiative of our leaders and members as they sought to make Jewish social justice values real and sustaining. This legacy guides and inspires our community’s work of Tikkun Olam today.

After the Marathon Bombing (April 15, 2013), Ohabei Shalom opens its sanctuary to traumatized and disoriented runners —turning our space into a beacon of safety, comfort and compassion along the marathon route. TOS staff and congregational volunteers work tirelessly with the Red Cross and local police to serve as many as 150 individuals. The words of Rabbi Joe Black help many to salvage meaning from that day: “Help us to use our arms, our legs, our breath, our determination to unite in a common purpose. In our grief may we find the strength to keep on running.”

–Susan Zeiger

More from our archives: “Reflections on Marathon Monday at TOS” (April 18, 2013)