Social Justice

Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”—Micah 6:8

Co-Chairs: Sheila Statlender and Lisa Nasch

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Mission Statement:
The Temple Beth Am Social Justice Committee (SJC) embraces the responsibilities of our Jewish tradition to welcome the stranger, pursue justice for all, foster opportunities for social well-being, and celebrate the diversity of our community. Upholding these values established by Reform Judaism, the committee seeks to engage and join with congregants and community members as we identify and respond to the complex social issues of our time.

As a Brit Olam temple, TBA has joined a growing network of Reform Jewish Temples committed to shared goals of social justice and compassion. An initiative established by the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism, Brit Olam translates to ‘covenant with our world.”

There are many opportunities to improve and repair the world (tikkun olam), and the TBA Social Justice Committee is eager to focus on issues that are of particular interest to our community. Events that we have organized, attended, or otherwise supported have included:

  • A program on climate and environmental justice sponsored by the Green Framingham United Team
  • An interdenominational forum at the Kennedy School which examined the intersectionality of spirituality, religion and social justice; this included a presentation by Rabbi Jonah Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism
  • A film screening of “On the Basis of Sex” about the groundbreaking work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg; proceeds from this screening benefited the ACLU
  • Attendance on behalf of TBA at the annual John B. Garrahan Metrowest Community Prayer Breakfast, which presents Youth Leadership in Diversity Awards
  • The Open Mosque Day in Framingham and Wayland, to offer solidarity and support to our Moslem neighbors in the wake of the attack on the Islamic community of Christchurch, New Zealand
  • The Jewish Family Service of MetroWest Build-a-Backpack event, which provides school supplies to low-income students in the MetroWest area
  • A discussion on food insecurity, led by our invited guests David Blair (Daniel’s Table) and Leno Covarrubias (Jewish Family Service of MetroWest)

We invite you to join or to collaborate with us. Check the TeBeAm for a listing of our upcoming events and meeting times. For more information or to be added to our email list, please contact Sheila Statlender or Lisa Nasch. For general inquiries, please email socialjustice@tempbetham.org. We welcome your questions and ideas, and encourage you to join us!