Social Action Committee- “Reform Jews are committed to social justice. Even as Reform Jews embrace ritual, prayer, and ceremony more than ever, we continue to see social justice as the jewel in the Reform Jewish crown. Like the prophets, we never forget that God is concerned about the everyday and that the blights of society take precedence over the mysteries of heaven. A Reform synagogue that does not alleviate the anguish of the suffering is a contradiction in terms.”
–Rabbi Eric Yoffie, speech to the UAHC Executive Committee, 2/98
The Social Action committee at Temple Ohev Sholom is committed to the development of educational programs that advance social reform; encourage acts of Gemilut Chasadim – the performance of deeds of loving-kindness that offers service to our community; and to support our members as they engage in political and social advocacy that relate to moral issues in our community and our world.
“Social action, including advocacy, education and action, is essential to Reform Judaism. Commitment to tikkun olam is what drew me to the Reform movement 30 years ago. Working together as a congregation to repair our country and world will have a multiplier effect.” – Ricki Hurwitz
The religious culture of the Reform Movement stresses the importance of cultivating a heart of gratitude in part by living a life of service, a life that is dedicated to shaping a world that is just, merciful and peaceful. The Social Action committee remains committed to developing activities that embody the values of the Reform Jewish Movement.
“Reform Judaism and Social Justice are inextricably woven together like the double helix of a DNA molecule. They support and enhance each other creating the foundation of a healthy, compassionate world through Tikkun Olam. Sacred Activism is informed by this teaching in Pirkei Avot, Sayings of the Fathers: Lo alecha hamlacha ligmor, ve lo atah ben horin lehibatel mimena. – It is not incumbent upon you to complete the work, but neither are you at liberty to desist from it.” – Shelley Adler
Temple Ohev Sholom is a spiritual center where a diversity of thought is encouraged, where all are respected, and where we work together to address “issues of conscience”. Looking to the future, we seek to strengthen our engagement with you – members of our congregation, and those in our community. Each of us brings a unique perspective to our world and when we work together on issues of social concern we foster a deeper meaning of our religious community.
“My parents were first generation Americans and raised me to give back to the community and pay it forward. Over the years I’ve tried to contribute on my own to addressing pressing social issues. I don’t believe my efforts have been very impactful, and marching to the beat of my own drummer hasn’t been especially rewarding. Working alongside other TOS congregants I hope for renewed enthusiasm and a clearer sense of purpose for the time I invest.” – Bruce Feldman
We look to your ideas, we seek your support and we value your involvement in Temple Ohev Sholom’s Social Action committee. Please join us in this journey of social action and dedication to our mission of tikkun olam.