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The Social Action Committee (SAC) creates opportunities, within our Temple community and beyond, for Temple members to contribute to the work of tikkun olam, repairing the world, through mitzvot, good deeds, tzedakah, charitable acts of justice and righteousness, g’milut hasadim, acts of loving kindness, and tzedek, working to overcome root causes of social injustice.
We work on projects and activities that address human needs, including food, shelter and security for families and children in our local and global communities. We administer the Tzedakah box, located at the sanctuary’s entrance. Some of our actions are informed by the Religious Action Center which educates and mobilizes the Reform Jewish community on legislative and social concerns, advocating on more than 70 different issues, including economic justice, civil rights, religious liberty, Israel and more. Beth El Temple Center also is a proud member of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), and collaborates as well with other interfaith coalitions on specific issues. GBIO is a faith-based, community-organizing group that brings together congregations from across the Boston area to share the sacred work of pursuing justice.
We hope you will get involved in one of our many projects. New ideas are always welcome.
When We Meet and More Info
The SAC has planning meetings the second Sunday of most months at Temple.
See our list of meetings.
Today, the phrase tikkun olam is understood to mean “repairing the world” and has become synonymous with various social action and social justice activities. However, the term has broader implications regarding Jewish understanding of our purpose in the world and our relationship to God. In some cases, the term refers to the physical world; in others to the societal order, and in still others to the dream of a fully realized divine manifestation. The modern conception of tikkun olam has its origins in a new reading of the phrase from the Aleinu prayer, combined with Talmudic and Lurianic mystical interpretations.