This summer the Tichon fellows – high school educators from across North America – are exploring the theme: "Challenges and Dilemmas of Tikkun Olam." According to Tichon program director Noam Zion
, tikkun olam
is a primary definition of the human calling in the contemporary liberal Jewish world. The seminar will focus on three aspects of tikkun olam: the theological/cosmological, the moral, and the political.
This topic is important in the context of Jewish high school education in North America, because of the important implications of tikkun olam for American high school students as they choose an orienting framework for entering the larger world after leaving the Jewish hothouse of their day schools.
This year the 15 Tichon fellows will be joined by four graduates of the Institute’s Melamdim
program for teachers, who have already been teaching in the U.S. for a year. Morning sessions will be shared, while Tichon fellows and Melamdim graduates will work separately on curricula in the afternoons.
The program also includes excursions, a Shabbat at the Institute, and opportunities for the participants to make presentations and receive peer feedback.