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Mission and Vision of the Tzedek Council
Congregation Emanu-El’s Tzedek Council responds to the indignities impacting our community by translating our Reform Jewish values into social justice action that will transform our world into a more just society.
The Tzedek Council offers a variety of social justice service and partnership opportunities to catalyze congregant action, integrates Tikkun Olam throughout all Temple programming, and provides a place for Emanu-El members to build community and engage more broadly to bring healing and justice to our world.
The Congregation Emanu-El Tzedek Council was launched in August 2015 as a congregant, board, and clergy run group, charged with the task of raising our participation and impact in the social justice arena. Learn more in the August 2016 (page 2) Chronicle.
The Tzedek Council has four working groups that currently cover the following topics:
- Economic Justice: Fighting homelessness, hunger, and poverty in our community. Co-Chaired by Tzedek Council members Melissa Koenigsberg and Anne Quaintance. Click here for more information.
- Education: Raising literacy levels in our city’s public schools. Co-Chaired by Tzedek Council members Susan Cole and Anthony Witte. Click here for more information.
- Environment: Greening the Temple’s operations and connecting congregants to nature. Co-Chaired by Tzedek Council member Joel Kassiola and congregant Laura Pallin. Click here for more information.
- Human Rights: Working on racial justice, refugee resettlement, ending gun violence, as well as LGBTQ and Women’s Rights. Co-Chaired by Tzedek Council Members Nancy Levine and Marissa Wertheimer. Click here for more information.
The Tzedek Council is always looking for new people to add to their working groups. Learn more about what it means to be on a working group.