Our Values

Our mission is to establish and maintain a loving Jewish community of educated, involved, spiritual
and empowered congregants
who come together to celebrate and observe
diverse progressive traditions in Jewish thought and belief.
We are willing to explore new and creative ways to help people connect to tradition and community,
and to deepen their Jewish identities.

 

 

A Statement of Values of the Jewish Justice Advocates, a committee of Temple Beth El South Orange County

Jewish Justice Advocates (“JJA”), a committee of Temple Beth El of South Orange County, strives to advance social justice in accordance with Jewish values and the 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. We are non-partisan, but we are not neutral.

JJA follows the specific values as stated in Brit Olam which TBESOC has signed as a community. We covenant with the wider Jewish community to confront: “…injustice at its root. We act through our communities and congregations, with partners from across lines of difference, to bring about a world in which all people experience wholeness, justice, and compassion.”

We have committed to: “lead our community in our social justice work, including:

  • Acting in solidarity with vulnerable communities
  • Building relationships across lines of difference in our local community
  • Acting at the local, state/provincial, and/or federal levels to address the root causes of injustice and advocate for systemic change
  • Participating in state-specific social justice work with our RAC state project, where applicable.”