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The Social Justice Committee is guided by Jewish values of the sacredness of life and human dignity, communal health and safety, compassion, and tikkun olam.

We are dedicated to the spread of knowledge and understanding toward the achievement of equal rights, equity, and fairness. Social Justice remains affiliated with RAC-Texas.

Committee Chair: Sarah Hatler

2020 Activities and Actions

Over the course of the year, Social Justice guided a series of campaigns as well as hosted a number of on-line events. These include:

- Led Every Voice, Every Vote campaign to achieve a 100% voter turnout rate in the 2020 election.

- Oversaw CBS’s affiliation with the Inclusive Faith Coalition.

- Presented a “Social Justice Weekend,” a discussion of race and racism in America. This was comprised of a presentation by Dr. Jason Shelton and a panel discussion with Pastor Kennedy Jones, UT Arlington Student Body President Blaize LaFleur, and teacher/activist Corey Van Lockridge.

- Led a book club discussion on “The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race,” on racial inequality.

- Hosted “A Conversation with Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams,” which covered a range of issue-areas of importance to the city.

- Participated in a letter-writing campaign to address sex education standards set by the Texas State Board of Education.

- Conducted “Mending the Divide: Preparing for Family Debates,” a learning and training session on how to engage in discussions over sensitive issues.

Statement Regarding Ongoing Social Justice Events 2020-2021

Congregation Beth Shalom decries the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other members of the black community across the country. We denounce ongoing racism in all forms, and believe that justice for all Americans is imperative.
If you would like to learn more about combating racial inequality, please see the click the following links:

American Jews and Race:  Past, Present, and (Charting a) Future:

  Justice Shall we Pursue:  Building the Beloved Community:

   Ending Racism in America:  A Discussion with Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP:

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