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Social Action

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 committees and programs at Temple Beth Am provide a wide variety of opportunities for our members to practice tzedek (justice), hesed and g’milut chasidim (charity and acts of loving-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. With the Board of Directors' action, Temple Beth Am joins a growing cohort of Reform congregations that have signed on to the Religious Action Center's Brit Olam (Covenant with our World) and who have declared themselves to be Immigrant Justice Congregations.

We are fortunate to have rabbis who are passionate and engaged in making the world a better place for everyone. You can read an example of a sermon delivered from our bima that demonstrate our call for social justice:

 

Upcoming Events: 

Tzedek Shabbaton
Saturday, February 9, 9:15 AM - 4:00 PM
Temple Beth Am  

To re-envision the social justice work of our congregation, we will devote an entire day – a Shabbaton – to the theme of Tzedek, tzedek, tirdof: “Justice, justice, you will pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20).  Starting with Torah study and a Shabbat service in the morning and ending with Havdallah late in the day, the afternoon will be devoted to coming together to learn about and provide feedback for a proposed vision for social justice work at Temple Beth Am.

Building on and supporting the successful work that’s already being done in so many different areas, the goal is to create a congregation-driven social justice structure that will cultivate inclusive, bold, and unprecedented action, and engage more of our congregants in social actions that are an essential part of Reform Judaism.

There is no charge to attend the Shabbaton, but lunch will be served and you do need to sign up for lunch, so we can be sure to order enough food.  Please come, and help garner the collective power of the congregation to make meaningful change in the world.

See the homepage for our complete Shabbaton schedule.

Wed, January 23 2019 17 Sh'vat 5779