I love the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Joint, JDC. Why? Because they’re *awesome*. I don’t mean *awesome* as in what a surfer dude might say. I mean that the JDC fills me with *awe*. Jaw-dropping awe.
The JDC is responsible for millions of dollars worth of Tikkun Olam every year — providing aid to Jews and non-Jews in need, in more than 70 countries.
For the past three months I have been volunteering twice a week with the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades at Dkalim School in the Valley of the Springs. I work with the kids on conversational English; if they were speaking in English, I didn’t much care what the topic of conversation was. It was a lot of fun for me, and maybe it’s because I took them out of their regular class, but the kids seemed to enjoy it as much as I did. I even have a few thank you cards to prove it.