Voting is core to our Jewish identities: Repair the Vote
We learn in Jewish tradition that we are obligated to “repair the world” or Tikkun Olam, in Hebrew. The election is fast approaching on November 3rd, and for many of us the concept of repairing our world has taken on even greater importance. We have seen many in our communities heeding this call, who are driven to address urgent needs and to create change.
In the midst of a global pandemic, a national reckoning on race, a climate crisis, and countless systemic injustices, we find ourselves with an opportunity to make a difference. This unprecedented moment calls for an unprecedented response. That’s why Repair the World launched #RepairTheVote—so we can all take action and volunteer to ensure that every eligible American can safely cast their ballot by November 3, 2020. Our democracy counts on us to not only participate in the election process, but to power it so that every voice can be heard.
In recent years, our elections have been left vulnerable to laws that limit access to voting, specifically restricting voting access for Communities of Color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, people who are currently or formerly incarcerated, people experiencing homelessness, and other historically marginalized groups. According to Jewish law, if we see harm and do not speak out, it is as if we are the ones who are responsible for the harm being done.
Voting and justice are core to the Jewish people, and equality is a part of our fabric. From voting to volunteering, #RepairTheVote will walk you through everything you need to know to exercise your right to vote and how you can use your time to serve in this election. And for more ways to volunteer year-round, check out Repair the World’s volunteer page for in-person and virtual opportunities, done in partnership with local service organizations addressing urgent needs in our communities.
It’s up to all of us to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard November 3rd. By working together, we can repair our world.