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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Beginning this year, each B’Nei Mitzvah will receive a special gift from the Social Justice Committee with the following message: “This gift of a Tzedakah Box reminds us all of the journey we are on together: Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof = Justice, Justice, You Shall Pursue.” Mazel tov, Ray Zapata and Elijah Bondroff!
COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Gary Brown, Patty Craven, Everton Dias, Raziel Levidis, Ivonne Linares (Chapman Team), Diane Lindner (Virtual Tzedakah Box), Elaine Litvak, Aidan McAdams (TIFTY), Alice Miller (Lotus House), Carla Neufeld, Grace Wright-Pazdra (RAC), Michael Sagmeister (Food Drive), Julie Scheingoltz (Religious School), Suzie Sponder (Chapman Xmas Eve Carnival), Judith Stopek (Homestead), Bunny Uriarte, Tom Wharton, Paula Xanthopoulou (Chair), Julia Zaias.
The Ru’ach Shabbat Service on November 5th will be followed by a special program presented by the Social Justice Committee. Together we will explore issues impacting the LGBTQIA+ Community through the lens of resources aimed at leveling the playing field and available to the entire Temple Israel Family -- including KESHET, PFLAG, Rainbow Lotus, Jewish Community Services/Lambda Living, and SAGE. Celebrate Ru’ach, our LGBTQIA+ Havurah with a special video dedicated to Herbie Klein. (LGBTQIA+ = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, + Other Non-heterosexual People)
Sewing classes are full steam ahead at the Farmworkers Association of Florida/Homestead location along with regularly-scheduled “health fairs” to get farmworker families vaccinated. Helped by the TI Family gift of 12 Brother sewing machines w/covers and all the accessories, women of all ages and a few men are learning new skills to support their families. Current classes are being staffed by Por Todos, a non-profit formed during Covid which also helped fund last year’s Thanksgiving meal for 500 farmworker families. Temple Israel is partnering with Por Todos for the creation of 100 paneras to be sewn by the farmworkers and sold full of donated goodies -- including pesto made from FAF-grown basil! -- to underwrite this year’s Thanksgiving meal. It’s a team effort!
The Temple Israel Food Drive is now in its 10th month fighting Food Insecurity and HUNGER because of a dire need that has not gone away. In 2020, 60 million Americans (one in five people!) depended on food banks; your own neighbor or co-worker may be going hungry. Someone out there is depending on us!
 
Food collected at Temple Israel in November will be delivered to SURVIVORS’ PATHWAY -- a non-profit providing advocacy/case management for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other types of victimization throughout Miami-Dade County regardless of race, gender and class. Most of the food collected is distributed by 20+ social workers during home visits with at-risk clients. All services are free.
 
Please be generous and consider making your donation in early November to help our new friends have a Happy Thanksgiving!
 
NEEDED non-perishable items: Tuna, instant oatmeal (plain/apple cinnamon), dry beans (red or black), canned fruit, canned tomatoes/tomato sauce, pasta, canned vegetables (peas & carrots, corn, garbanzo beans), applesauce, peanut butter...and for Thanksgiving: canned yams/green beans, instant mashed potatoes/stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy.
 
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!
NOTE: This year Branches is hosting its 21st Annual Thanksgiving Meal Delivery. For related volunteer opportunities on November 10th and Thanksgiving Day, please contact Elaine Litvak (elitvak273@aol.com).
Temple Israel of Greater Miami
137 NE 19th St.
Miami FL, 33132
We will resume our time-honored tradition of serving a meal once-a-month at Chapman Partnership (Empowering the Homeless) as soon as they open up again for volunteers. If you would like to join our Chapman Team, please contact Ivonne Linares (Ivonne@alturatours.com).
 
We also sponsor that meal when we are able via The Charles Held Jr. Memorial Fund to Feed the Hungry. Each dinner costs $600 for 500 residents. You can DONATE HERE. Take advantage of the option to make a recurring monthly donation…Just $25 a month for one year adds up to a hot meal served to 250 residents of the Chapman Downtown Miami Center! 
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). The campaign has shifted from lobbying to phone banking: Call your senators and the President during Nov. 8-11 using the Reform Movement’s call in tool. Make sure to fill out the form so your calls are counted! Register HERE to receive RAC updates directly, and HERE to keep connected to RAC-FL.
Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof!
In 2014, the historic Miami-Dade Human Rights Ordinance was amended to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and expression. Nevertheless, the FL Legislature last session passed a baseless law restricting transgender girls from participating in youth sports -- a precursor to legislation now in the pipeline all across our country. To learn more about discrimination against transgender Americans visit transequality.org. Then check with KESHET, which is working for the full Equality of all LGBTQIA+ Jews and their families. You can donate to KESHET HERE.
“Ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”
~James Baldwin