Social Action

“It is not upon you to finish the work, but you are not free to ignore it” -Mishnah, Pirkei Avot 2:21

At Temple Solel we seek the divine spark in each individual by working together, based on the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam and the teachings of Torah, to help the needy in our community and affect social change. We invite you to join us as we carry out the Jewish commandment to support and honor our neighbors. If you are interested in joining our volunteers please contact Social Action Chair, Rae Rader at frankrae@cox.net or the contacts below.

Community Service

Tzedakah—giving of resources

G’milut Chasadim—acts of loving kindness

Shinui Kivun—changing the status quo

Advocacy

  • Valley Interfaith Project- since 1987 Temple Solel has joined forces with various churches and community organizations to advocate on behalf of working families and promoting interfaith alliances. VIP has advocated for the homeless, job development, Medicaid Restoration, prison reform, respite care, legislation to increase minimum penalties for sex trafficking of minors, and environment issues. VIP is currently advocating for increased public education funding and promoting budget overrides in underfunded school districts.
  • Union for Reform Judaism- Religious Action Center – RAC educates and mobilizes the Reform Jewish community around legislative and social concerns, advocating on more than 70 different issues including economic justice, civil rights, climate change, religious liberty, and Israel. Last summer RAC organized 200 rabbis to join with the NAACP’s Journey for Justice commemorating the 50th anniversary of the march on Selma, Alabama. Rabbis Linder and Mills along with staff and volunteers joined the march in Columbia, SC.
  • Temple Solel members and Rabbi Linder participated in the Islamic Speakers Bureau Finding Common Ground Tour to learn about local mosques and the Islamic Communities in the Phoenix area.
  • Temple Solel has recently been selected to participate in the Community of Practice Program, joining other Reform congregations in developing a more comprehensive Social Action Program. Each year our Confirmation teens travel to Washington, DC to attend the L’Taken Seminar with other Jewish teens from around the country where they will experience the work of the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center and learn to lobby important issues.

Interfaith Outreach

Temple Solel’s Interfaith Outreach programming serves to welcome interfaith couples, Jews by Choice, and those contemplating conversion. Led by Rabbi Linder and guided by other interfaith congregants, we create a feeling of comfort and belonging within the Jewish community. As a synagogue, we are committed to serving all members of our community by enriching their lives through the enduring values of Judaism.

Examples of our programming include Jewish Grandparenting of Interfaith Grandchildren, Secrets of the Sanctuary, Learner’s Minyan, the December Dilemma, and visiting speakers, such as Andrea King discussing her book, If I’m Jewish and You’re Christian, What Are the Kids?

Please email Doreen Feldberg for more information at doreenfeldberg@hotmail.com.