For those of you who are looking for ways to engage this election season, Every Voice, Every Vote is the Reform Jewish Movement’s 2020 civic engagement campaign, a nonpartisan effort to strengthen our democracy by encouraging everyone to participate in the U.S. election and ensuring that Reform Jewish values are represented in the public square. You can get training and volunteer at:
Tikkun Olam (Hebrew for “world repair”) has come to connote social action and the pursuit of social justice. The phrase has origins in classical rabbinic literature and in Lurianic kabbalah, a major strand of Jewish mysticism originating with the work of the 16th-century kabbalist Isaac Luria.
Living It Out
Social Justice is a key tenet to living a meaningful and responsible Jewish life. East End Temple participates lives out social justice in myriad ways. Within the past year, we have:
- Prepared and packed thousands upon thousands of meals for the needy with our monthly Food for Families program.
- Learned about the immigration crisis with activist Ravi Ragbir and Professor Alina Das from the NYU School of Law.
- Hosted Accompaniment Training sessions with the New Sanctuary Coalition, in support of immigrant rights.
- Proud members of the Synagogue Coalition on the Immigration and Refugee Crisis (with one of our community members being appointed its Vice President!)
- Became one of 100+ congregations in the Reform Movement to sign a Brit Olam in dedication to social justice in key areas.
- Signed onto multiple amicus briefs in support of immigrant rights and opposing the construction of the border wall.
- Joined RAC-NY and its efforts to pass Green Light NY.
- Redoubled interfaith collaboration in our area, including an interfaith Seder with the Cordoba House (Muslim community) and St. Francis Xavier (Catholic community).
- Taken part in, cosponsored, and led numerous rallies in support of immigrant rights and against the separation of families.