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Emery juniors (from left) Gaby Danziger, Jordan Leder, Abby Navon and Julia Leibman team up at Aishel House to cook for residents there.
At The Emery/Weiner School, Tikkun Olam is a trademark of pride and honor. It is Hebrew for "repairing the world," meaning time spent giving back to the community.
Emery gave its high school students an array of choices for volunteering on our annual Tikkun Olam Day, and many students were thankful for the opportunity to help out. My friends and I volunteered at Aishel House where we cooked food for the sick. The people there have fatal illnesses such as cancer, so there is food prepared for them every Shabbat. We were told to wash our hands frequently to avoid spreading more germs, and we learned how to braid challah and implement Jewish customs into cooking.
Students from all grades got the opportunity to bond with one another through mitzvot and good deeds. This is essential for the community because we were able to come together to support a greater cause. We not only want to better our own community, but we want to do what we can for the betterment of the greater Houston area as well.