Mission trips aren’t just for Christians anymore as Jews aim to ‘heal the world’


Adat Shalom young adult volunteers play with Haitian children who live at Lambi Village. Adat Shalom helped build the first homes alongside the eventual residents of the homes on a service mission in 2011. On this trip, Adat Shalom got to visit the completed community and reconnect with their Haitian friends and co-workers. Photo courtesy of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Bethesda, MD

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WASHINGTON (RNS) Proselytizing isn't part of Jewish DNA. But alumni say that synagogue-sponsored mission trips provide a hands-on way for Jews to fulfill the obligation of "tikkun olam," Hebrew for "heal the world."