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
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."