DENVER — "Tikkun Olam" is a simple concept in Judaism, one that Yael Shalom thinks society needs to understand.
“‘Tikkun’ means fixing and creating something new, and ‘Olam’ means the world,” she explained, saying that the phrase’s definition in Hebrew translates into "a group of actions used to repair society to make it equitable."
“So if we all come together in this beautiful piece of urban land and help each other to grow, we fix each other by growing and helping, not just ourselves, but also people who are in need,” Shalom explained.
Shalom works for Ekar Farm, an urban farm in Denver’s Lowry neighborhood that sits next to Denver Academy of Torah. The farm opened 14 years ago, mainly serving the Jewish community. But in 2020, the COVID-19 led to the farm doing outreach across the city. Now all of the produce that Ekar grows is donated to people in the metro area who are experiencing food insecurity.
“All of this food does go to pantries and food boxes for people who don’t have the extra cash to buy expensive produce,” Shalom added.