We believe that to effectively achieve our religious obligation to bring about social justice, each individual must involve themselves in the debate on such issues. We recognize that the definition of social justice is, in many respects, personal. Accordingly, we do not intend to dictate positions on issues. Rather, we intend to encourage and facilitate action by individual congregants, whatever their beliefs.
It is our hope to encourage informed consideration of public policy issues affecting social justice. (While we will provide the Reform Movement’s position on these issues, we will provide balanced information.) We also hope to encourage action in the public policy arena, according to one’s personal beliefs.
To learn more about the official position of the Reform movement on various advocacy issues, visit the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Their policy positions on a host of issues are housed there, including on the following subjects:
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Vote Reform Jews 4 Israel -
As Jews, lovers of Israel and unconditional supporters of Israel's right to exist, we are well aware of the many serious challenges confronting Israel today as well as the threats faced by Jewish people everywhere. In addition to the existential questions confronting the state, as Reform Jews we are also faced with serious questions concerning societal and institutional values:
• Will Israeli society and institutions respect and fairly treat all denominations, regardless of level of observance?
• Will gender equality be the norm - where men and women can pray and live as equals?
• Will we see lasting peace with security and stability for the land and people of Israel?
These are serious questions that affect our relationship with Israel and will shape the soul of the country in the years to come. The Temple is committed to not only supporting our brothers and sisters in Israel but also to helping shape its future. Together we have an opportunity to advocate for an Israeli society that represents our values and clearly puts forth our vision for Israel - a vision in which the ideals of pluralism, equality and peace are accepted.
TO BE SUCCESSFUL, WE NEED YOUR HELP AND PARTICIPATION!!
Rabbi Peter Berg is running to be a delegate to the World Zionist Congress (WZC). This year, in October, the World Zionist Congress will convene in Jerusalem. This "Parliament of the Jewish People" will debate and make decisions about critical issues that shape Israel and influence whether it will fulfill the dreams of its founders to be a pluralistic and democratic Jewish State.
You have a critical voice in that discussion. How? In the upcoming election, you have the opportunity to vote for the ARZA slate thereby assuring that ARZA's delegates represent our values in the United States' delegation to the WZC. The delegation from the United States is determined by an election conducted by the American Zionist Movement (AZM). The election will take place from January 13, 2015 until April 30, 2015. Voting is easy and can be completed online or by paper ballot. All Jews over the age of 18 (as of June 30, 2015) can vote.
One need not be a member of any other organization or Jewish institution in order to vote. These elections are the strongest way for American Reform Jews to promote and encourage the progressive ideals of social justice, equality and democracy in Israel and help build the kind of Jewish state we all know is possible - a Jewish state that holds true to the ideals of religious pluralism, the growth of Reform Judaism in Israel, women's equality in all areas of life, democracy, and a solution to the ongoing conflict.
The election is also important because the composition of the WZC has both financial and policy implications in Israel, as resources are allocated based on the number of seats a party holds and the policy positions of those parties. ARZA, representing Reform Judaism, is asking every American Jew who holds these values dear to stand with us.
HERE IS WHAT WE HOPE YOU WILL DO IN THE COMING WEEKS:
• Vote – Vote for ARZA Representing Reform Judaism between January 13th and April 30th, 2015 at www.reformjews4israel.org. Voting is easy and quick. Because the election itself is self-financing, the cost for voting is $10.00 for those over age 30 and $5.00 for those 30 and under.
• Spread the word – Please encourage others to vote. We will be posting content on The Temple Facebook page that you can share with your family and friends and fellow congregants.
The future of klal Yisrael is in our hands. Let us join our Reform and progressive brothers and sisters across the country, to make our voices heard.
Reading Volunteers Needed at FATE -
Give the gift of your time – help a child to read! Our partner school, Fred Armon Toomer Elementary School (FATE), needs adult volunteers to read with students on an ongoing basis. No RSVP is required. Simply choose a day/time/class from the chart below, sign in as a “volunteer reader” in the front office, and stay for 30-45 minutes. Classroom teachers will tell you what to do and with whom to read. Volunteer activities may include reading to a student, listening to a student read to you, and helping a student to read. To get started, please contact FATE Guidance Counsellor Joshua Lovell (firstname.lastname@example.org) to help with the process of coming to FATE for the first time, volunteer background checks, and to help you get connected to a teacher.
Anti-Trafficking Passover Seder -
Tuesday, March 24 • 6:30 PM
In conjunction with our partner organization the Interfaith Children’s Movement (ICM), join us at The Temple for our bi-annual Anti-trafficking Passover Seder. At our inaugural Anti-trafficking Seder in 2014, over 120 attendees from Metro Atlanta – including elected officials, members of law enforcement, clergy and people of all faiths gathered as we used the foundation of the Exodus from Egypt and the annual telling of our story through the Haggadah as an opportunity to raise awareness of modern-day slavery and to commit ourselves to a world in which all are free. If you have been looking to get more deeply involved in our Anti-sex Trafficking Initiative, this is a great opportunity to take a step into it. We need volunteers to help with set-up to make sure the tables and seder plates are prepared with your loving care! To volunteer, email Patricia Schiffman at email@example.com. To register for the Anti-trafficking Seder, contact Pamela Perkin Carn of the ICM at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hunger Walk -
Sunday, March 15 • 2:00 PM
Join The Temple as we raise money to combat hunger here in metro Atlanta. Our goal this year is bigger than ever: $10,000 and 180 walkers. We are 68% there and need your help!
Donate: Go to www.the-temple.org/hungerwalk to donate online to The Temple’s team, or send a check marked for Hunger Walk to The Temple.
Walk or Run: Go to www.the-temple.org/hungerwalk to sign up to walk or run on The Temple’s team. The walk is stroller and family-friendly, so all can join in the fun! We encourage you to reach out to 3-5 friends and invite them to participate with you. Once you have registered, please email Joya Schmidt at email@example.com to request your Temple t-shirt (please specify adult size). The Temple walkers and runners will meet at the Jewish Federation Tent at 1:15 PM on March 15.
For more information, please contact Cindy Lourie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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