Tikkun Olam Awards
Tikkun Olam is a fundamental Jewish principle and lived value. According to Wikipedia, Tikkun Olam is “a Hebrew phrase that means ‘repairing the world.’ In Judaism, the concept of tikkun olam originated in the early rabbinic period. The concept was given new meanings in the kabbalah of the medieval period and further connotations in modern Judaism.” For more information on Tikkun Olam, CLICK HERE. The following was e-mailed to Lisa Yavnai, J.D., Ph.D., Director, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center, on November 23, 2010, in response to her inquiry and request for more information about the award:
“Regarding the meaning of the award, our mission is to recognize individuals and organizations who are working in the areas of remembrance of WWII, revealing Haiti’s role in saving Jewish refugees’ lives during the Shoah and building bridges to new understanding of the current connection between the Jewish and Haitian people. This project, begun shortly after the Haiti earthquake in January 2010, is a deeply meaningful effort to repair broken links in information and connections in these areas of research.”
Dr. Yavnai responded as follows:
“Thank you very much for explaining the meaning of the award – it is very significant and we are honored to be bestowed with this award.”
Since November 23, 2010, we have expanded the scope of recipients of the award to include a wider range of types of professions, activism and creative work.