Jewish United Fund’s Russian Jewish Division in Chicago established an initiative hat helps develop and support projects created by Russian-speaking Jewish individuals age 22 to 40. The word Tikkun means “to repair” and comes from the phrase Tikkun olam – “repairing the world” (or “healing and restoring the world”). It suggests humanity’s shared responsibility (with the Creator) “to heal, repair and transform the world.” Tikkun Olam symbolizes social action and the pursuit of social justice. Many projects were submitted but only 8 were selected to receive grants, and LMF Artistic Director, David Lisker, was one of them.
David’s proposed project was to create an event celebrating the music of composers who were directly affected by the Holocaust and World War II. This project would become Echoes of Hope, which is to take place on October 19th at 5:00 pm. JUF has not only provided a financial grant, but will also be bringing 100 Holocaust survivors, setting up the evening to be one of the most memorable concerts of the fall.
To view all the 2014 Tikkun projects, click here.