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Social Action and Social Justice

Tikkun Olam Requests

There is so much we can do together to help repair our world, and our collective voices are important and powerful. To request Bet Ha’am’s participation as a congregation in social action and social justice initiatives, please email tikkunolam@bethaam.org directly and one of the members of the Tikkun Olam Interim Executive Council will respond as quickly as possible.

Thank you all for everything you do to make our community and our world a better place!

 
Tikkun Olam at Bet Ha’am:
Statement of Purpose
Tikkun Olam, the repairing of the world, lies at the very core of Reform Judaism, intertwined with our affirmation of God and of Torah as the foundation of Jewish life. Congregation Bet Ha’am as a House of the People, and specifically a home of Reform Jews, embraces the call to fulfill the charges of the prophets Micah, Isaiah, Jeremiah and others to pursue justice. We are guided by the Statement of Principles for Reform Judaism, adopted by the Central Conference of American Rabbis in 1999:

“We seek dialogue and joint action with people of other faiths in the hope that together we can bring peace, freedom and justice to our world. We are obligated to pursue tzedek, justice and righteousness, and to narrow the gap between the affluent and the poor, to act against discrimination and oppression, to pursue peace, to welcome the stranger, to protect the earth’s biodiversity and natural resources, and to redeem those in physical, economic and spiritual bondage. In so doing, we reaffirm social action and social justice as a central prophetic focus of traditional Reform Jewish belief and practice. We affirm the mitzvah of tzedakah, setting aside portions of our earnings and our time to provide for those in need. These acts bring us closer to fulfilling the prophetic call to translate the words of Torah into the works of our hands.”

Congregation Bet Ha’am has long been involved in these pursuits and we seek to continuously infuse these pillars of tikkun olamtzedek, righteous work that ends the ills of society, and tzedakah, righteous acts of kindness—into all that we do. For example, we infuse tikkun olam internally by educating our youth and adults; our daily, weekly and yearly rituals; our internal and external communications; and the daily business of the synagogue. We practice tikkun olam in the broader world through education, action, and advocacy.

Bet Ha’am is a diverse community and we celebrate that diversity, both in our membership and in our engagement with the local, national and international communities in which we live. Bet Ha’am invites our entire congregation’s involvement with tikkun olam initiatives and is committed to engaging in difficult discussions that enable us to educate ourselves and others about social justice and social action issues. We recognize, however, that there are times when action in the pursuit of a more just and peaceable world must be swift, and failure to lend our congregational voice in service of the world’s repair would be a violation of our commitments as Reform Jews. As God commands, “Cry with a full throat, do not hold back; let your voice resound like a Shofar!” (Isaiah 58:1).

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Congregation Bet Ha’am’s Judaica Shop is establishing itself as a leading regional opportunity for unique Judaica jewelry, holiday gifts and supplies, children’s items, and everyday items.  The Judaica Shop is open 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Tuesday-Friday and Sunday mornings when our Religious School is open.  Please call (207) 879-0028 for inquiries or requests for special order items.  This page will soon have photos and ordering information for specific Judaica items.

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