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We have exciting newsWith the help of grant funds, the Shul of New York has embarked on a new phase in the pursuit of social justice, 
 

The Shul Justice Project
 

This will allow us to take a more active role as a community in promoting (or protesting) causes and issues that are of importance to us, to the health of our democracy, and to our planet. These funds will also help us to strengthen and grow our Justice in June project on racial justice, and make it possible to bring in speakers on important topics.

Take Action Now
 

Caring about justice is a core Jewish value and has always been a part of our Shul culture.

Now we can make it easier to find ways to take concrete actions concerning the critical issues of our time: from voting rights to hate speech and violence; from environmental justice to reproductive rights and homelessness – to name only a few.
 

Here's how it works.  On this page, via email, and on Facebook, we will post actions you can take or participate in. Some items may take less than a minute or two, such as adding your name to a letter to your representative regarding a piece of legislation; other posts may announce more involved activities like attending a rally or march, a training, or an information session.

All announcements will be carefully vetted and will come from established organizations like the National Council of Jewish Women, the RAC (Religious Action Center of the Reform Movement), Planned Parenthood, HIAS, as well as other faith organizations, and local community partners.
 

One more thing.  We know there are so many critical issues that it sometimes feels as though all we can do is throw up our hands in despair  but as others have said: Despair is not a strategy.

In the Shul Justice Project logo, you see the words, Do Not Stand Idly By.  This quote from our Torah urges us to act for justice and mercy for the vulnerable, the disenfranchised, and for all who dwell on earth.

We invite you to look at the Take Action area below; there you will see actions you can take right now.   Whether you are active in our Shul family, or someone who hasn’t come to the Shul in years, please join us!



Take Action
 

For Migrants/Asylum Seekers Arriving in NYC
 

Since April 2022, approximately 22,000 migrants and asylum seekers have been bused from Texas to New York City. These migrants, mostly from Venezuela, have made long and perilous journeys, leaving everything behind, in the hope of finding food, work, education, and most importantly, safety, here in the United States.

They arrive at Port Authority exhausted and hungry, with only the clothes on their backs. As the cold weather approaches, there is now an urgent need for more warm clothing.

Please consider donating clothing now by clicking on this Amazon Wishlist. 
Then select Doris Schwartz's Gift Registry Address for the shipping address.  Shul congregant Doris
 Schwartz will ensure it is promptly distributed to those who need it most. 

You can also support:

Ending Gun Violence

In light of the recent mass shooting in Colorado, here is a way to give directly to Club Q shooting victims and their families:

Colorado Gives/Colorado Healing Fund  

Here are two national organizations working to end gun violence:

Everytown For Gun Safety 

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
(and its affiliate, The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions)

 

For Reproductive Rights/Abortion

National Council of Jewish Women/Fund for Abortion Access:  
For women needing travel/lodging expenses.

 

For the Freedom to Read 

Brooklyn Public Library/Books Unbanned
To donate or get banned books for free.

 



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Wed, December 7 2022 13 Kislev 5783