Core Principles


At the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Vancouver, we embrace the principles of Klal Israel, Tikkun Olam, and Tzedakah. Let’s take a look at three values that guide our work:

Klal Israel: We believe in a sense of shared community and destiny among all Jewish people the world over.

Tikkun Olam: We believe that all of humanity has a shared responsibility to heal, repair, and transform the world. When we speak of Tikkun Olam, we are speaking of fixing what is broken in our society by helping others.

Tzedakah: Tzedakah is a Hebrew word meaning justice or righteousness. Though it is commonly used interchangeably with the word charity, tzedakah is a different concept in that it is seen as an obligation rather than a spontaneous act of goodwill. The root of the word is tzedek, which means righteousness, fairness or justice. In Judaism, tzedakah refers to the religious obligation to do what is right and just, which is considered an important aspect of living a spiritual life.