Tikkun Fellowship is the RJD's initiative that helps develop and support projects created by Russian-speaking Jewish individuals living in the Chicagoland area. The word Tikkun means "to repair" and comes from the phrase Tikkun olam - "repairing the world" (or "healing and restoring the world"). It suggests humanity's shared responsibility (with the Creator) "to heal, repair and transform the world." Tikkun Olam symbolizes social action and the pursuit of social justice.
Tikkun projects are innovative initiatives that impact the Chicago Jewish community in areas such as volunteering, children and families, arts and culture, religion, immigration, language, music and performance, technology, environmentalism, social justice, fundraising, social media, etc.
Selected individuals receive a grant of up to $3,000 to develop projects that engage the community in a meaningful and significant way. Tikkun Fellows are able to bring their ideas to life by creating their own unique Jewish community projects.
All projects must have a demonstrated Jewish focus or theme. Based on the topics, fellows are connected with professional mentors and experts. The experts help the fellows further their own creative goals, one-on-one.
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