LEGACY: Striving for School Equity

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.

The Brookline Literacy Partnership of Brookline High School (BHS) was founded in 2008 by TOS member and then BHS student Sarah Plovnick.  The catalyst for this effort was Sarah’s community service project at the Ansin Religious School during her year of Bat Mitzvah study. Sarah organized the first of our many successful Mitzvah Day book drives for under-resourced Boston public elementary schools.

Today the Brookline Literacy Partnership is a thriving, youth-led organization with active tutoring programs, annual book drives, and fundraising for the development of school libraries in neighborhood schools of nearby Roxbury and Dorchester.

–Susan Zeiger

To read more and learn how you can help, visit the Literacy Partnership’s website: http://www.brooklineliteracypartnership.org/history.html