Over the weekend of Oct. 20, 2017, more than 30 brothers from Texas AEPi chapters traveled to Houston with one thing in mind: Tikkun Olam.
Eager to help families return to their daily lives, brothers logged 370 community service hours clearing debris, taking down rotted drywall and removing other hazardous material from two suburban Houston homes.
“We didn’t come down to Houston with vacation in mind. We came down here with Tikkun Olam in mind. That’s why we’re here. I did something; I helped repair the world,” said Amir Kessler (North Texas, 2017).
Many of the brothers who volunteered are from Houston and have family living in affected areas. Volunteers stayed in a local Presbyterian church, ChristChurch, that served as a volunteer base.
This relief effort was organized by AEPi, B’nai B’rith International (BBI) and NECHAMA, a Jewish disaster relief organization. BBI is one of ten beneficiaries supported by AEPi’s Official Philanthropy Program, which is committed to Jewish causes and Tikkun Olam.