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Social Action/Tikun Olam

Through our SA/TO program, USY’s acronym for Social Action/Tikun Olam (repairing the world), we empower teens to make a positive and lasting impact on the world.

Performing social action and tikun olam are integral parts of forming Jewish identity and honoring the commandments and traditions laid down in the Torah.

Tikun Olam Program

What is the Tikun Olam program?

Traditionally Tikun Olam is any act of social justice or charitable giving. In USY, we define it as the concept of donating to tzedakah (charity). USY has a Tikun Olam Fund from which we donate to various Jewish charities in the United States, Israel, and abroad.

Chapters and regions plan specific events and drives in which their members actively raise money for this fund.

What organizations does the fund support?

Our Tikun Olam Fund supports Jewish causes. We see this as an inherent value of USY: If we are not supporting Jewish organizations, who will?

Many of these charities benefit non-Jews as well as Jews, but they are rooted in Jewish values. Approved tzedakot we support include:

  • Hospitals
  • Orphanages
  • Social service organizations
  • Organizations that provide for development of individual Jewish communities
  • Organizations that support the growth and success of the Conservative Judaism
  • Our global partner organizations
  • USY Summer Experience trips
  • Israel gap-year programs such as Nativ

Click here to see the 2017 break down of where funds were allocated

If an organization would like to be considered to receive a USY Tikun Olam grant, it can fill out the grant application.

Why does the fund support programs in Israel?

Our commitment to programs in Israel is essential because they serve each of our chapters and regions directly.

These immersive travel and study programs help to foster many of the future teachers, rabbis, and Jewish leaders who will one day guide our communities. They also help to cultivate a strong bond with Israel and enthusiasm for Jewish life in the participants.

Do teens have a say in allocating funds?

Each of the chapters and regions raises money throughout the year to donate to the fund, so teens have the ability to decide where this money goes.

Chapters and regions can also decide not to give to a specific charity and can send money to the USY office without allocating. In this instance, they will be allocated at an annual meeting in September by a group of elected USYers, including:

  • Regional Presidents
  • Regional SA/TO Vice Presidents
  • SA/TO International General Board

What is the benefit of not allocating?

Any unassigned funds sent to USY are pooled and allocated at a meeting of our regional teen leadership each fall.

By providing larger contributions to the organizations we support, we ensure that our donations are used to benefit larger projects rather than operating expenses.

What is the process for allocating funds?


Divided between Israel and regional scholarships


Assists different charities and organizations

Chapters and regions can choose one or two organizations from our Tikun Olam Allocation Form from which to allocate funds.

Click here to download a copy of the Tikun Olam Allocations Form.

  • If a chapter wishes to allocate funds to a local non-Jewish Tzedakah, it must write the USY International Office for approval upon submitting their Tikun Olam money for the year. Submissions can be written directly on the Tikun Olam Allocations Form.

613 Mitzvah Corps

613 Mitzvah Corps (commonly referred to as 613) is USY’s Social Action/Tikun Olam (Repairing the World) or SA/TO club.

The club was designed for USYers who wish to be more involved in social action and learn more about social activism within the context of Judaism. You don’t have to be a SA/TO Vice President to join – membership is open to any USYer!

How do I join?

There is an annual fee of $6.13 to be a member of 613 Mitzvah Corps. You can also pay $61.30 to become a lifetime member.

Contact your Regional Teen Engagement Director to apply.

What are the benefits of membership?

As a member you’ll gain access to:

  • 613 late-night programming at regional events
  • An international SA/TO newsletter  

Where does the $6.13 go?

Your membership fee goes to USY’s Tikun Olam Fund, which supports people all over the world.

Can $6.13 actually help someone in need?

In short, the answer is yes! $6.13 can go a long way for those in need! Below you’ll find a list of items that $6.13 can buy.


  • Six boxes of pasta
  • Four loaves of bread
  • Four cartons of milk
  • Two challot
  • Six cans of tuna fish
  • 12 apples


  • Two bottles of shampoo
  • Five bars of soap
  • Six Toothbrushes
  • Three Tubes of Toothpaste
  • 24 rolls of toilet paper
  • Three boxes of Band-Aids

Children’s Supplies:

  • 20 diapers
  • Five jars of baby food
  • Two baby bottles
  • Four notebooks for school
  • Four coloring books

Click here to contact your Regional Teen Engagement Director and join now

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