Social Justice is the unifying mandate of Reform Judaism, central to who we are and what we do in contributing to Tikkun Olam, repairing the world -- through direct service, Tzedakah (Righteous Giving), and advocacy.  Join us - our projects are listed below! Sept Social Justice Newsletter

DOROTHY L. SEROTTA Z”L (1921-2009), for whom our committee is named, was a driving force for social action on every conceivable level for more than 50 years. We will honor her and others upon whose shoulders we stand on January 28, 2022, as part of TI’s Centennial Year Program.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Gary Brown, Patty Craven, Everton Dias, Raziel Levidis, Ivonne Linares (Chapman Volunteers), Diane Lindner (Virtual Tzedakah Box), Elaine Litvak, Aidan McAdams (TIFTY), Alice Miller, Carla Neufeld, Grace Wright-Pazdra (RAC), Michael Sagmeister (Food Drive), Suzie Sponder (Chapman Xmas Eve Carnival), Judith Stopek (Homestead), Bunny Uriarte, Tom Wharton, Paula Xanthopoulou (Chair), Julia Zaias.

Barth GreenNOTE: If you could not tune in to our Elul program -- based upon teaching by Rabbi Rick Jacobs entitled "Just Jewish: Understanding the Centrality of Social Justice" -- you can watch PROGRAM NOTES: Our Yom Kippur Social Justice Hour was dedicated to the millions of people suffering from Food Insecurity and HUNGER. Our very special guest was long-time Temple Israel member and esteemed neurosurgeon, Dr. Barth Green. Click HERE to watch that amazing presentation and hear his inspiring words for Social Justice: “It’s up to us to make sure that every day of our lives we do a mitzvah.” Please also view our “Call to Action!”

Keepers of the Flame

Doing research for our upcoming Social Justice Centennial event has truly been a humbling experience, shining well-deserved light on the remarkable Temple Israel giants upon whose shoulders we stand. We can be very proud of our rich history as a beacon of social action. But can we go forward resting on our laurels? It is not enough to talk about Tikkun Olam; we must also walk the walk! Whether supporting the farmworkers in Homestead, serving the Chapman Partnership (Empowering the Homeless), recognizing the many needs of our neighbors in Overtown and Wynwood, advocating against racism and for LGBTQ+ equal rights, or donating food on a regular basis to fight the misery of HUNGER. The Social Justice Committee will continue to provide a menu of opportunities so that each and every member of our TI Family can have a role in repairing the world...to get our collective hands and feet dirty reaching out to those far less fortunate than we are. Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue -- not only because we have a timeless obligation to do so, but because we are also keepers of the flame selflessly lit by those who came before us. -- Paula Xanthopoulou, Chair

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