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Social Justice Initiative

Drawing inspiration and obligation from our sacred Jewish texts, from the teachings of the Reform Movement, and the tumultuous times in which we live, the Larchmont Temple Board of Trustees, in concert with our Clergy, has decided to lend our voice, our energy and resources to making the world – whether that means the Town of Mamaroneck, Westchester County, NY State or the entire country – a more just place for all who live here.

So, what’s the difference between Social Justice and Social Action? Social action meets the world where it is and includes such things as making sandwiches for the homeless and participating in clothing drives for people in need. Social action is about assistance or even just awareness. Social justice is about advocacy or trying to change the world into the way it ought to be. Creating alliances, lobbying legislators, and changing policies are efforts around social justice.

What is the Social Justice Initiative about? We are committed to these core elements:

1. Bringing together LT members based on shared interests and concerns about the state of our world, from local to global. 
2. Educating ourselves and each other about the range of perspectives on a given issue of justice, from Jewish wisdom to policy experts and other relevant sources.
3. Organizing collective action and advocacy to address root causes of social injustice and to build a more fair and righteous society. As people of faith, we find reason to bring our values into the public arena.

Join us! If you would like to be a part of LT’s Social Justice Initiative in any way, please contact either one of the Social Justice Leadership Group Co-Chairs, Jennifer Mitchell (mitchelljennifer214@gmail.com) or Lisa Kaufmann (aklk@mac.com). 

If there are issues in the world keeping you up at night – particularly those concerning the treatment of the most vulnerable among us -- then please join us and lend your support to our efforts as we seek to address these most urgent and pressing issues.

To download and read the full Social Justice Initiative Policy, click here.

 

Fri, August 23 2019 22 Av 5779