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Repair the World

Walking the Tikkun Olam Walk

At Temple, you’re only steps away from making the world a better place.

Wherever there is a heart to be touched, a wrong to be righted, a tear to be wiped—there is Temple Emanu-El.

Reaching out to one another, to the community and to the world has been part of our identity beginning in 1897, when the food and clothing distribution by the Sanger Brothers store served as a model for United Charities, later to become United Way. Fast forward to 2017 and Temple was at the center of a serendipitous web that stretched from California to Houston to Dallas, ultimately delivering 25,000 undergarments to hurricane evacuees.

When the Ku Klux Klan terrorized Dallas in the '20s with torchlight parades and violence against Jews and African-Americans, Rabbi David Lefkowitz said: “I will not be silent.” When torch-carrying neo-Nazis marched past Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, Va. in August, Rabbi David Stern decried “a complete failure of moral leadership.”

In November of 1938, after Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass in Germany, Temple President Herbert Mallinson headed a citywide committee to resettle refugees from Europe. In the first eight months of 2017, Temple clergy and congregants appeared in numerous rallies, news conferences and demonstrations to speak out for the rights of immigrants, for we were once strangers.

Our tradition teaches: “Justice, justice shall you pursue.” At 8500 Hillcrest, the words from Deuteronomy resound with passion, purpose and boundless energy.