Advocacy is central to Reform Judaism and to Temple Emanu-El. The Social Justice Council seeks approval of new advocacy positions and efforts from Temple’s Board of Trustees. Our advocacy is issue-oriented; not partisan, but often political.
Protecting our Democracy: Voting Rights - in partnership with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC-TX)
Criminal Justice Reform - in partnership with Teen Emanu-El, NFTY-TOR and Greene Family Camp
As a congregation we:
1) Speak out powerfully on contemporary moral imperatives that are identified through the Just Congregations listening process and approved by the Board. Advocacy issues are brought to the Board by the Social Justice Council for congregational approval.
2) Avoid channeling the congregation into one partisan point of view.
3) Assess specific legislative issues, educate the congregation with solid information on all sides of the issue enabling congregants to make individual decisions on their stance, and promote any appropriate “call to action.”
4) Commit sufficient staff resources to make public affairs and advocacy work effectively.
5) Empower our leadership to decide upon a course of quick action when an issue is urgent enough that it demands an immediate response based on our moral imperatives to speak out as a congregation.
For more information or to get involved, please contact Alexandra Horn.