Prof Aaron Tapper explains how giving back is part of the Jewish-American identity in Times of Israel | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Turned off by prayer and ritual, some young Jews find an unexpected connection to tradition in social justice.

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"The idea of giving back and improving society is an important part of Jewish-American identity," said Aaron Hahn Tapper, the founding director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco.

 

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Though different terms — such as service learning, social justice and “tikkun olam” — have gained favor at different times to describe work done by groups such as Repair the World, “these ideas have been pretty central to Jewish-American identities for some time, for decades,” Tapper said.

 

via @timesofisrael