Social Justice Action Center
This page will guide you to non-partisan ways to get involved through our congregation as well as how to connect with our partners. By standing up for our Reform Jewish Values- both in advocacy and direct service- we can together make a world that reflects justice, provides support for those in need and connects to our Jewish heritage.
August 15, 2018
Over the summer, many of us have followed the tragic stories of the 2300 children separated at our border due to our country’s zero tolerance policy. It is positive that our government has reunited more than 1800 children with their families. Unfortunately, children are still separated from their parents because they have been deported or their status is unclear. Those families who have been reunited now struggle with the repercussions of the trauma of separation, in addition to meeting basic needs of food and shelter. So many Jewish families in our community are descendants of refugees and immigrants, and it is humbling and inspiring to now be in a position to help.
We have been inspired by the work of people within our community who have stepped forward. Our rabbis spoke out from our bima and at public rallies and vigils in protest of the family separations. Rabbi Mintz and board member Ellen Kaye Fleishhacker traveled to the border in San Diego, and our board member and JCRC director Abby Porth traveled to the border in Texas to witness and protest this atrocity, and the JCRC has continued to offer ways for our community to help impacted families.
Now, trusted colleagues at sister Reform congregations have helped mobilize a partnership of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), HIAS, the Union for Reform Judaism and Auburn Theological Seminary to continue our support for these families. This initiative is called “Faith Communities Reuniting Families.”
The IRC is well positioned to help these reunified families with their physical and emotional needs, but it comes at a cost of $2500 per family. Congregation Emanu-El has a goal of helping 6 families. Our clergy team has covered the donation for the first of these families through our Rabbis Fund. Will you join us in helping us reach our goal? If you would like to contribute to this effort, you can donate here. Please don’t forget to put “Congregation Emanu-El SF” in the field that asks for your community’s name.
This issue cuts to the core of how we Jews want to treat the stranger and our children. We hope we can help make a small tikkun, a small repair, in this time of continued need.
DATE: Yom Kippur, Wednesday, September 19, 2018
TIME: 2:00-3:30 pm (immediately following Contemporary Services)
LOCATION: Temple Emanu-El, Guild Hall
The panel will include:
- Inspirational youth who have experienced homelessness and are connected to Larkin Street Youth Services;
- Congregation Emanu-El’s Rabbi Jason Rodich;
- Jeff Kositsky (moderator), Emanu-El congregant and Director of the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing; and
- Dr. Colette Auerswald, Pediatrician and Associate Professor in Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. She has over 20 years’ experience in the clinical care of marginalized youth in San Francisco.
This year, the Tzedek Council will be partnering with Larkin Street Youth Services and the City of San Francisco to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness. Unable to attend? Email Rebecca Reiner for more information and how to get involved.
Please register to attend.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT EVENTS
Help Engage Voters in San Francisco and Beyond
Congregation Emanu-El is partnering with other organizations, such as the Religious Action Center, the San Francisco Interfaith Council, and Jewish Community Relations Council to ensure our congregants and broader community are registered and committed to vote as well as educated on the issues that matter to them. Have questions? Email Rebecca Reiner
Voter Registration Drive
DATE: September 26, 2018
TIME: 6:00-8:00 pm
LOCATION: SF Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street
This is a non-partisan activity designed to reach underrepresented Californians
Join the Jewish Community Relations Council’s (JCRC) Voter Registration Drive. We will engage unregistered voters in other counties via text with the help of easy-to-use software with your phone, tablet, or laptop. We will be texting potential voters in California counties with low registration rates (e.g., Kings, Merced, Madera, and Tulare) in partnership with a nonpartisan grassroots community organization involved in voter registration in these counties. Please arrive on time for an important orientation and training. Light snacks provided. All ages welcome. Register here.
Questions? Contact Elle Segal, Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Manager for San Francisco.
Civic Connection Event
DATE: October 9, 2018
LOCATION: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street
Join this non-partisan event to meet and greet local candidates and elected officials. There are many critical issues to address, including housing and homelessness, racial and economic justice, gun safety, and the upcoming election.
While the event is free, registration via the form here is required for security and headcount purposes. Questions? Contact JCRC Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Manager, San Francisco, Elle Segal.
Waging Democracy Forum
DATE: October 14, 2018
TIME: 8:45am – 5:00pm
LOCATION: University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street
JCRC is launching a non-partisan democracy initiative and will be hosting Waging Democracy, a day-long forum that includes seminars, sessions and opportunities for action. Keynote Speaker is Aziz Huq, assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School and author of How to Save a Constitutional Democracy (2018). Get your tickets here.
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