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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. 

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Lev of Legends


Save the Date: On January 28th, Temple Israel will celebrate its rich Social Justice history by honoring 12 “Keepers of the Flame” who have made exceptional contributions to Tikkun Olam and upon whose shoulders we stand. A Centennial “Lev of Legends” program will follow Shabbat Services on Zoom – introducing our Temple Israel Family to role models whose selfless commitments to the greater good light our path into the future.

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 Dorothy Serotta 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 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


Gary Brown, Patty Craven, Everton Dias, Raziel Levidis, Diane Lindner (Virtual Tzedakah Box), Elaine Litvak (Chapman Team), Aidan McAdams (TIFTY), Alice Miller (Lotus House), Carla Neufeld, Grace Wright-Pazdra (RAC), Is Perlman, Michael Sagmeister, Julie Scheingoltz (Religious School), Rebecca Stanier-Shulman (Unity), Suzie Sponder (Chapman Xmas Eve Mitzvah Project), Judith Stopek (Homestead), Bunny Uriarte, Tom Wharton, Paula Xanthopoulou (Chair), Julia Zaias.

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