Jewish tradition teaches us that we must instill in our children the lesson of giving to our community and those around us in need. It’s a very basic part of what it means to be Jewish and an important part of a helping create a strong Jewish identity for your kids. In today’s world of instant gratification and quick fixes, it’s hard to really shock our kids into being passionate about what they have and what they can give. It’s rare to find the opportunity in the daily hustle and bustle to take the time as a family to show our appreciation. That’s why I like to combine my family vacation with an extra component of educational travel for kids, in particular the lesson of Tikun Olam – the Jewish acts of kindness designed to repair and protect our world.