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Social Action

When our ancestors received the Torah at Sinai, they responded in unison: Na’aseh v’Nishma: All this we will do and we will hear. According to Midrash, this show of our faith merits the salvation of the entire world. Judea Reform Congregation is a signatory to the Brit Olam, covenant with the world. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (the RAC), created the Brit Olam to foster congregational work on Tzedek (justice) in addition to the Tzedakah (charity) that many engage in. Read our full story below.

 

 

Judea Reform Congregation's Tzedakah Box

All donations made to Judea Reform’s Tzedakah Box will be donated directly to an agency that serves and advocates for social justice. The beneficiary will be announced each month.

 

We Are Committed To:

  • Fostering a culture of sacred and civil dialogue in our community where all opinions are heard 
  • 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
  • Mobilizing around issues that resonate with our community

 

Upcoming Events

ThursdayThu, 28 OctOctober, 2021

Congregational Book Club: “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents”

Thursday, Oct 28th 7:00p to 8:30pThe JRC Racial Justice & Equity Initiative invites you to join us in a 5 week facilitated reading and discussion series of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.

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SundaySun, 31 OctOctober, 2021

Congregational Book Club: “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents”

Sunday, Oct 31st 10:00a to 11:30aThe JRC Racial Justice & Equity Initiative invites you to join us in a 5 week facilitated reading and discussion series of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.

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WednesdayWed, 3 NovNovember, 2021

Refugee Resettlement Congregational Informational Session

Wednesday, Nov 3rd 7:00p to 8:30pJoin us to learn how Judea Reform Congregation is putting our Jewish values in action to welcome the stranger. The need has never been greater and we are stepping up to welcome newly arrived Afghans, provide support to others who have been here a while and need help to earn a certification or skill that will enable them to build a more financially secure future. Our Jewish Vaccine Team and Food Security teams are seeking volunteers for specific events and MORE! Please join us in this mitzvah that will enrich our community at large. Register here to attend.

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ThursdayThu, 4 NovNovember, 2021

Congregational Book Club: “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents”

Thursday, Nov 4th 7:00p to 8:30pThe JRC Racial Justice & Equity Initiative invites you to join us in a 5 week facilitated reading and discussion series of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.

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WednesdayWed, 10 NovNovember, 2021

Social Action: Meet and Greet Intro to Durham CAN

Wednesday, Nov 10th 7:00p to 8:30pDurham CAN (Congregations Associations and Neighborhoods) is a local non-profit organization that organizes communities in Durham across religious, racial, and class lines for the public good. Durham CAN is based in congregations, associations, schools, non-profits, community health centers, and neighborhood organizations that share a concern for families and democracy. CAN works to strengthen congregations and community institutions and build relationships among people and institutions across Durham County. Through our work with Durham CAN, we practice tikkun olam by engaging in social actions reflective of our Jewish values, including housing inequity, wage & economic injustice, voting rights, and systemic racism. This work also fully embraces the call issued to us as members of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s Brit Olam – a covenant striving to create a world in which all people experience wholeness, justice, and compassion. If you have been looking for a way to learn more about how affordable housing, criminal justice reform, and jobs & living wages intersect with racial and economic justice to shape our beloved community, we invite you to join us at our 90 minute “Intro to Durham CAN” meet and greet on Wed. 11/10/21 from 7 - 8:30 pm! More details are forthcoming in next week's Wednesday eNotices, or feel free to reach out to Sonia Laurie at sonial@judeareform.org!

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SundaySun, 14 NovNovember, 2021

VIRTUAL Social Action Sundays: Knitting Blankets for Project Linus

Sunday, Nov 14th 10:00a to 11:30aJoin us to knit or sew blankets for Project Linus.

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SundaySun, 14 NovNovember, 2021

Congregational Book Club: “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents”

Sunday, Nov 14th 10:00a to 11:30aThe JRC Racial Justice & Equity Initiative invites you to join us in a 5 week facilitated reading and discussion series of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.

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ThursdayThu, 18 NovNovember, 2021

Habitat for Humanity Build with team Judea Reform

Thursday, Nov 18th 12:30p to 3:30pLooking for a fun, rewarding, hands-on opportunity to help create low income housing, and help that helps families begin to build the wealth needed to rise out of poverty? Join Judea Reform’s Habitat build team! Learn home construction skills, have a fun time working with other congregants, all while doing a mitzvah that helps a low income family build and buy their very own home. Skills are not a requisite, but your commitment is. Our team carefully works with a Habitat Build Supervisor to ensure that our build assignment meets our ability and honors any restrictions that volunteers need to set. To get started pre-register below and a team leader from Judea Reform will contact you with details to confirm your spot on the team! For more information email socialaction@judeareform.org

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ThursdayThu, 18 NovNovember, 2021

Congregational Book Club: “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents”

Thursday, Nov 18th 7:00p to 8:30pThe JRC Racial Justice & Equity Initiative invites you to join us in a 5 week facilitated reading and discussion series of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.

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SundaySun, 28 NovNovember, 2021

Jewish Community Dinner for UMD

Sunday, Nov 28th 12:30p to 1:00pWe've adapted how we are doing this during the COVID Crisis. Please see our new signup genius for info: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4cadad29a1fe3-jewish8 as we safely partner with Durham’s Jewish community to provide a dinner to 200 - 250 people on the fourth Sunday of each month at Urban Ministries Durham. Contact socialaction@judeareform.org for more information.

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Social Action at Judea Reform

At the heart of our social action work is a commitment to bring into practice the core social justice values of Judaism and to pursue tikkun olam — 'repairing the world'— through individual and group action. The Social Action Committee offers projects in two important areas: Tzedakah, emergency relief for the most needy members of our community, and Tzedek, social advocacy projects which address root causes of injustice, inequality and environmental distress.

We are guided by the principles of Reform Judaism, the expertise of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, and the URJ's Commission on Social Action. We also work to build relationships with other faith communities in support of our common desire to create a more peaceful, more just world. The Social Action Committee welcomes new members and invites you to share ideas, know-how, and experiences to help us deepen and broaden our social justice work.

Judea Reform participates in a variety of ongoing social action projects; and, just about every month, you can find organized groups working toward this important part of Judaism. So take a look at the possibilities, and then check our calendar for times when you can find other people working to repair the world. Alone or together, every hand can help.

Thu, October 28 2021 22 Cheshvan 5782