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!

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.

NOTE: If you were not able to tune into our Elul program, you can watch Rabbi Rick Jacob's teaching ("Just Jewish: Understanding the Centrality of Social Justice") on YouTube by clicking HERE...L’shanah tovah tikateivu v’teichateimu!
Special guest: Long-time Temple Israel member Dr. Barth A. Green, Executive Dean for Global Health and Community Service at the University of Miami Health System. Having served for many years as Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the UM Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Green is a world-renowned specialist in the surgical management of complex spine and spinal cord injuries/disorders. He also served 37 years in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps where he reached the rank of Lt. Colonel and recently retired from his surgical practice. Dr. Green is a co-founder of “The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis,” Shake-A-Leg Miami, and Project Medishare for Haiti and has received numerous local, national and international honors and awards for his community service and humanitarian work (including the Rabbi Joseph R. Narot Award for Community Service). He will speak about his life’s journey as rooted in Social Justice, the effects of food deprivation and projects he is involved with.
“Let me not be content when others lack their daily bread, let me not be serene while some have no roof over their heads. Teach me to give thanks for what I have by sharing it with those who are in need. Then shall life be called good, and my name be remembered for blessing.” Rabbi Chaim Stern Z”L (Day by Day: Reflections on the Themes of the Torah)
The Temple Israel Food Drive is now in its 8th month fighting Food Insecurity and HUNGER because of a dire need that has not gone away. We have touched diverse communities -- The Haitian Neighborhood Center, Farmworkers Association of Florida/Homestead, De Hostos Sr. Center/Wynwood, Curley’s House of Style Hope Relief Food Bank/Liberty City, Buddy System Miami, and MDC Student Pantry/Wolfson Campus -- to not only help our neighbors, but also shed light on how dedicated our beneficiaries are. We must be equally dedicated!
During September, we are circling back to the unacceptable needs of the "People Who Harvest Our Food," the farmworkers in Homestead -- hardworking people from Mexico and Central America with families just like us who are underserved, underpaid and underappreciated. Please be especially generous during the HHD as we come home to the centrality of Tikkun Olam in who we are, doing our part to repair the world.

NEEDED non-perishable items: Canned tomato sauce/tomato paste, canned fruit/vegetables, pasta, white parboiled rice (1-2 lb. bags), dried beans (red, pinto or pink), canned evaporated milk, masa/corn flour (i.e. Maseca/specific to tortillas), cooking oil (i.e. Crisco/NOT olive oil).

Contributions can be dropped off at the Temple office M-F/9-5 PM following Covid protocols. To give from the comfort and safety of your homes, use INSTACART. Select the non-perishable items, pay online, and have the groceries delivered directly to Temple Israel...Thank you!
Temple Israel of Greater Miami
137 NE 19th St.
Miami FL, 33132
LOTUS HOUSE is a women’s shelter doing truly remarkable work with 500 homeless women/children in Overtown. While advocating for health/wellness and helping the adults transition to jobs/housing in our community, Lotus House also offers a holistic LGBTQIA+ Lotus Rainbow program for residents of all ages facing additional challenges. Click HERE to learn more and HERE to support our amazing neighbors. (LGBTQIA+ = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, + Other Non-heterosexual People)
The RAC is calling upon the Jewish Community to support the mounting needs in Haiti following a horrific 7.2 magnitude earthquake. You can do so via Project Medishare for Haiti, Greater Miami Jewish Federation or American Jewish World Service...Meanwhile, the Religious Action Center’s Racial Justice Campaign continues to focus on the Freedom to Vote and passage of the “For The People Act” (H.R.1/S.1), while also providing many resources/tools to address and fight systemic racism. Register HERE to receive RAC updates directly, and then take a moment to find a way to do your part...EVERY VOICE COUNTS!