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Advocate for Change

TZEDEK ISAIAH action teams (project teams) are organized around local, regional, state, and national issues of importance to our Temple membership. We have a core team of 6-8 members who support Tzedek Isaiah strategic planning. We engage in an ongoing campaign of "one-on-one" conversations with Temple members to listen to and understand the issues and concerns that congregants care about plus which of our shared values may lead us to action. Previous Tzedek Isaiah campaigns focused on Honoring Differences, Common Sense Gun Laws and Environmental Action. 

Temple Isaiah partners with other faith institutions to successfully act for change. We are a member of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) and we are a founder of the Greater Boston Synagogue Organizing Project (GBSOP) which now includes over a dozen synagogues. In addition to participating in GBIO and GBSOP justice campaigns, Temple Isaiah receives from these organizations leadership training on community organizing.

Health Care—Access and Costs

Tzedek Isaiah has been scheduling health care house meetings (facilitated conversations with small groups of 8-12 people) this fall as part of a listening campaign organized by GBIO congregations. GBIO took a leadership role in the passage of the Massachusetts health care reform bill (Romneycare) back in 2006. Currently, the GBIO Health Care Team is aware that people are being hammered with out-of-pocket expenses co-pays and deductibles or costly surprises such as when an anesthesiologist is out-of-network or when a provider will not accept Mass Health or other insurance policies. We would like to know what particular health care issues keep members of Temple Isaiah awake at night. Do you have a story about yourself, a family member or close friend? These stories will help GBIO focus its collective efforts on those issues that are both actionable and winnable as well as of broad and deep concern to its members. If you have a story to share or you would like to work on health care issues, we would love to hear from you. Contact Sue Tafler (see Temple directory).

Welcome the Stranger Committee

“The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among
you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land
of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.
”                              -  Leviticus 19:34

Following months of  meetings to discuss ways to support the refugees arriving in Massachusetts, a task group of of Temple members from our Social Action Committee have agreed to enter into a program with a resettlement agency in Lowell, the International Institute of New England in which we will actively support one refugee family arriving in Massachusetts in the fall of 2017. Volunteers and monetary donations are requested from the Temple Isaiah community to support this effort. Read More

Racial Justice

In 2016 Tzedek Isaiah launched a new campaign focusing on racial justice. In the Torah, Jews are taught to accept others, without prejudice or bias. Judaism also teaches the importance of working with others in the community to achieve social justice. We join with the Reform Movement to fight the structural racism that is embedded in our society and to advance justice for all people, regardless of race or ethnicity.

We are educating ourselves about racial injustice, working with the African American community, and joining with local, Greater Boston, and State communities to take action on reform of the criminal justice system. In June 2017, Temple Isaiah’s Board joined with Reform congregations across North America to sign the Reform Movement’s Brit Olam (covenant) in which we committed to work to reform the criminal justice system to end mass incarceration (as well as defend the rights of immigrants at risk of deportation). We are meeting with legislators, attending State House meetings, and working with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) to organize for justice.

If interested in joining our team, contact Chuck Koplik (see Temple directory).

View Past Programs on Racial Justice

Sign Up for Social Action Committee Email Newsletter.

If you are interested in learning more and/or joining us, please email: socialaction@templeisaiah.net

Tue, November 21 2017 3 Kislev 5778