Social Justice at Temple Emanuel

Temple Emanuel Social Justice Committee

Vision Statement

Al HaTorah, V’al HaAvodah, V’al Gmilut Hassadim. This passage from Pirke Avot reminds us that we must include acts of kindness guided by love and Torah in our lives. This is not simply a sentence we chant as we carry the Torah, but in fact it is a charge to live our lives with these guiding principles. As a leader in South Jersey and Reform Judaism, Temple Emanuel accepts this responsibility, and will not separate ourselves from our community and our world.

Guided by the teachings of Torah, the Talmud, and all Jewish learning, Temple Emanuel will both lead and participate with others as we work towards justice and equality for our world. With a multi-faceted Tikkun Olam program, Temple Emanuel will focus on three pillars of Social Awareness – our Caring Community for our Congregation, our Social Action initiatives in our neighborhoods of South Jersey, and our Social Justice program for equality and rights issues around the country and the world.

We will respect diversity – both in the world and inside our own congregation. Everyone is worthy of dignity and our Social Justice program will be an informed and educated program allowing for the debate of complex social and economic challenges of today and tomorrow. Through conversation, collaboration, debate, and action, we will create an impact as we work together for a better tomorrow for ourselves, our friends, our neighbors, and all with whom we share the world.


Mission Statement

The Torah teaches us that “Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue,” and we will both listen and act. The Social Justice program originates from Temple Emanuel’s dedication to the realization of a society that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable and that values the worth of all. The mission of our Social Justice Program at Temple Emanuel is to educate congregants about concepts, theories, and methods related to social justice, to integrate ethical practices for solving social inequities, and to lead and participate in actions to create social justice in our congregation, our community, our state, our nation, and our planet.

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