Co-Chaired by Tzedek Council Members Nancy Levine and Marissa Wertheimer
The Human Rights Working Group focuses on a variety of issues. Click the following links to learn more about our activities:
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Questions? Please contact Monica Pevzner at firstname.lastname@example.org (415) 751-2541 x 124
- Resettling Refugees: More than half of all refugees came from Syria, Afghanistan, and Somalia. These three nations were the source of 4.9 million, 2.7 million, and 1.1 million refugees, respectively over the last 18 months.
- Ending Gun Violence: Every day, 89 people die from gun violence with murders and suicides being the main reason (31 murdered, 55 kill themselves, 3 other causes).
- Racial Justice: Between the diminishing numbers of people of color living in San Francisco, the public school system deficits, the ongoing lack of equal opportunities, lack of equal police protection, and mass incarceration for nonviolent offenses– racial justice is an issue that affects all of us in the Bay Area. We Jews know all too well what it feels like not to be protected and treated as equal citizens with equal opportunity. Building on the great Black-Jewish partnership of the civil rights movement, Congregation Emanu-El continues to strive to be a leader in making our community and country a more equitable place for all.
- LGBTQ: Certain LGBTQ rights vary by state. While California and San Francisco have the most progressive laws to protect the rights of the LGBTQ community, there is an opportunity to do advocacy work for other states that do not fully support LGBTQ rights.
Human Rights are an integral part of the faith and tradition of Judaism. Jews have struggled for freedom from oppression and discrimination in the modern era and work to advance the cause of human rights for all persons. We have a long-standing dedication to the advancement and protection of rights and freedoms for all.
Interfaith Welcome: Bay Area Refugee Support
The Human Rights group is an active member of Interfaith Welcome: Bay Area Refugee Support, partnering with other congregations in the Bay Area to provide support to incoming refugees.
We recently concluded a successful Teddy Bear Campaign to bring solace to 5,000 thousand refugee children in Syria. Stay tuned for additional opportunities to get involved.
JFCS-East Bay – Refugees are mostly in Contra Costa County – Martinez, Concord, and Antioch.
- Provide Foster Families for Catholic Charities “refugee orphans.”
- Provide Housing for LGBTQ refugees in San Francisco (2 -3 months stay) while they get settled.
- Support the effort by tutoring, helping with public transportation, being a friend, shopping, among other activities.
- Job Networking, such as providing refugees with leads into companies that have an opening in which a skilled refugee could get work (via our congregants). JFCS-East Bay can provide us job skills of refugees as well as what type of jobs that are able to do.
The Barriers of Europe: images from the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Date: March 27, 6:30 pm
Location: Main Foyer
The Syrian refugee crisis has faded into the last pages of newspapers and is nothing more than a clip or two from most news desks. No matter where we turn, there seems to be a larger issue to read about, a bigger problem taking the front page of newspapers. Sadly, for hundreds of thousands of stranded refugee s in Greece, Turkey and other parts of the world, if we don’t do all we can to give them a voice, they will continue to fade away.
Spanish photo journalist Rober Astorgano has been documenting the Syrian refugee crisis since 2015. His images speak of the pain, devastation, anguish and despair this community has experienced. Come join us for an exhibit of his photos, a discussion of the refugee crisis and his experiences from the front lines and how you can engage to help them.
Second Thrusdays of the month, 6:00-7:30 pm
African America Art and Culture Complex
762 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Congregation Emanu-El works together with leaders in the African American community to sponsor a monthly African American-Jewish Unity Group. The purpose of the group is to create opportunities for members of the African American community and Jewish community to come together and deepen relationships between members of our community and to identify a project to increase racial justice in our Bay Area community.
Advocate for Bail Reform with the Unity Group
This year, the Unity Group will partner with other organizations to push for bail reform legislation in California. We believe that this legislation, if passed, will make an enormous difference in the lives of many poor people and people of color. We would love to have you join us in this effort. You are welcome to come to meetings simply to learn more about the topic and then you can decide how involved you do or do not want to be.
Please contact Saundrah Anjali for more information.
Stay tuned for more opportunities to get involved.
Speaking Truth and Finding Hope: The Sacred Response to Gun Violence
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Please join us for an uncompromising discussion of gun violence and what can be done to prevent it, in the face of what can seem like insurmountable opposition or indifference. Panelists will include William Scott, Chief of the San Francisco Police Department, Mattie Scott, Executive Director of homicide and violence support and action group Healing 4 Our Families & Our Nation and more. This panel, the first in a series of conversations and educational events on gun violence prevention, is hosted in collaboration with Grace Cathedral, Temple Emanu-El and Congregation Sherith Israel.
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