Our commitment to social action at Temple Beth Am is guided by the principle of tikkun olam (working towards making the world whole).
The Social Action Committee at Temple Beth Am works to provide a wide variety of opportunities for our members to practice tzedek (justice), chesed and g’milut chasidim (charity and acts of love and kindness), and shalom (peace). We hope that in practicing these values, our community gains a deep awareness of the social, political, and environmental issues we face today.
We put tikkun olam into practice not only by engaging our community in social action programs, but by taking a firm stance on the issues that impact us all.
We are fortunate to have rabbis who are passionate and engaged in making the world a better place for everyone. You can read two examples of sermons delivered from our bima that demonstrate our call for social justice:
OUR SOCIAL ADVOCACY INITIATIVES:
It is imperative to our rabbis and our Temple Beth Am community that we stand up with the Muslim community, fighting against scapegoating, bigotry, and discrimination, and defending our freedom and respect for people of all faiths. In response to the incident on June 14th, 2016 which led to the arrest of a man accused of threatening the Idriss Mosque, our rabbis reached out with a letter of solidarity, available to read at the link below:
We have a lasting friendship with this mosque which has led us to support each other in times of distress and challenge, as well as supporting each other in times of joy. Together, we stand stronger.