Category Archives: Jewish Social Action Month

Understanding the Prophets

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October 1, 2005

Jill Jacobs The Hebrew Prophets: Selections Annotated & Explained. Rami Shapiro, Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths Publishing, 2004. $16.99 167pp Long relegated to the margins of Jewish thought, the biblical prophets made a comeback in the modern era as the early Reform Movement declared “prophetic Judaism” its hallmark, and Jewish civil rights activists found in the More »

Does Spirituality Belong in the Workplace?

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October 1, 2005

Arthur Gross-Schaefer Bringing spirituality into the workplace is not an easy discussion because of, among other things, fear, imprecision, practicability, and goals. There is a valid fear that giving permission to bring spirituality into the working environment may allow for the introduction of a particular religious view. The potential results may range from discomfort to More »

Economic Justice

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October 1, 2005

Daniel Sokatch
Our tradition and history compel us to stand with those fighting for a living wage and decent working conditions wherever they are, especially in our own communities. Today, too many Jewish communal professionals, teachers, communal service workers, and synagogue employees, cannot afford for their own families the services they provide to the Jewish community. And too often, those who clean, staff, and guard our institutions do not receive adequate wages or affordable healthcare. We need to pay those who work for our community wages that enable them to live lives of dignity. We need to ensure that all those who make the Jewish community run — from rabbis to janitors — have the same access to healthcare that we demand for ourselves and for our children. More »

Jewish Values and Service Learning

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October 1, 2005

Yonatan Glaser
While Tikkun Olam has remarkable prominence in the psyche and life of North American Jews, Jewish educators have only begun recently to address how to seriously invite learners to become part of the community of Jewish social activists. More »

Chesed and Tzedek

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October 1, 2005

Yossi Prager, Simon Greer and Ruth Messinger on Chesed and Tzedek
Ruth Messinger, Executive Director of American Jewish World Service, Yossi Prager, North American Director of The AVI CHAI Foundation, and Simon Greer, Executive Director at the Jewish Fund for Justice, address questions about Jewish service and justice. More »

Discussion Guide – Jewish Social Action Month

October 1, 2005

1. What are the implications of ¡§covenantal society¡¨ for Jewish organizations and individuals engaging in justice work?
2. What role does the Jewish value of ¡§peoplehood¡¨ play in mobilizing Jewish justice initiatives?
3. How do you discern the differences between chesed, acts of lovingkindness, and tzedek, justice?
4. How might our communities emphasize, and our schools educator toward, individual obligation to the community and communal obligation to the individual as fundamental Jewish values? More »