Jewish Justice Advocates (“JJA”) is a TBESOC committee striving to advance social justice in accordance with Jewish values and positions of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ), Reform ‘s Religious Action Committee (RAC), United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR).”
- Welcome the Stranger. Thank you to those who attended JJA’s evening with author, Mohammed al Samawi, and HIAS representative, Emily Primack who reminded us that as Jews we should say Hineni and welcome the Stranger and promote interfaith cooperation and peace. Please continue to donate needed items for immigrants and refugees to Border Angels by bringing them to the TBE donation drop-off location downstairs. Click here for a list of items. To learn more about, donate or volunteer with some organizations who do just that click on the following links: HIAS, Border Angels, Abrahamic House, and OC Justice Fund.
- The CA primary is March 3, 2020! Vote, urge others to vote and help create our world! Everyone will receive a Vote-By-Mail ballot; there are no more polling places. Click here for important new information about big changes in how, when and where to vote. For No Party Preference Voters click here for the extra step required to vote for a Presidential Candidate.
- Learn about and participate in the 2020 World Zionist Congress Election. Click here.
- Interfaith Prayer and Action for Social Justice. Wed. Jan. 22, 6:30-7:30 PM. St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 31641 La Novia, San Juan Capistrano. For more information, click here.
RAC-CA Regional Gathering
- Sunday – January 26, 10 AM – 2 PM
- Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff by the Sea
Join JJA and other Southern CA Congregations to plan how to move forward to seek a California that better reflects the Jewish values of justice, compassion and wholeness. For more information and to register go to: www.rac.org/CAregional.
Actions You Can Take (Make a difference)
- Election Security– Urge your Congressman to pass House funding bill, HR 3351, which allocates $600 million to states with accountability language; targets the biggest election security vulnerabilities; focuses funding on a menu of essential election cybersecurity measures; requires states who have not done so to replace paperless voting machines; requires states that already use paper to implement rigorous audits, protect voter data and ballot programming systems, and prepare to recover from computer hacks or errors.
- Voting Rights– RAC urges you to contact your Congressmen to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act to protect voters by restoring and modernizing the Voting Rights Act and help prevent changes to voting that disproportionately discriminate against people of color and language minorities.
- Bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) – Join RAC in urging the reauthorization of this bipartisan act, the U.S.’ most comprehensive resource for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
- Support Refugees – RAC and HIAS urge us to promote the Jewish value of welcoming the stranger by asking members of Congress to support the Refugee Protection Act of 2019 to ensure that America continues to lead by example in assisting the world’s most vulnerable people. Endorsed by a wide range of faith-based, refugee, asylum and immigration organizations.
- Help Reduce Gun Violence – “Anyone who saves a single life is as if he saved the whole world”. (Talmud, Sanhendrin 37a). The House of Representatives has already passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R.8), which expands federal background checks to all gun sales, including private sales at gun shows or over the internet. Senator Chris Murphy [D-CT] has introduced the Background Check Expansion Act (S.42), which would institute the same expansions. Urge your Senators to pass this critical piece of legislation.
Join us for the next JJA meeting
- Sunday – February 23, 9:40 AM nosh; 10 AM meeting.
- TBESOC, Rms. 214-215. RSVP to Carol Singer at (949) 388-7655