Social Advocacy

The time to be silent has long passed.

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Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.
Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
~ Elie Wiesel

The Temple Israel Social Advocacy committee is a committee associated with the Social Action committee and focuses on special actions that the Jewish community can take related to Jewish values.

The Union for Reform Judaism, guided by its counsel in its Religious Action Center (RAC) in Washington, DC, as well as countless synagogues across our country, have found themselves called to action. If you feel called to action, contact the Temple Israel Social Advocacy committee with the Social Action contact form by specifying Social Justice.

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC)

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) has been the center of Jewish social justice work. The Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis work together to encourage federal, state, and local legislation for social justice and to organize communities to mobilize for justice, compassion, and peace in the world. RAC’s work is completely nonpartisan.​

Through RAC you can make your voice heard on dozens of important pieces of legislation:

  • Economic Justice
  • Environmental Issues (including climate change)
  • Civil Rights (including hate crimes)
  • International Issues (including genocide and global poverty)
  • Immigration
  • Women’s Rights
  • Public Health
  • Church-State Issues
  • Interfaith Affairs (including anti-Semitism)

Ohio Religious Action Center (Ohio RAC)

Several members of the Social Action Committee are passionately involved with the Ohio Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism. This group lobbies on behalf of many social justice and advocacy issues in the state ranging from gun violence to criminal justice reform. You can access the Ohio RAC site for more information.

You can contact the Social Action committee to become involved with Temple Israel’s social justice activities.