Social Justice

The mission of the Social Justice Action Committee at Temple Emek Shalom is to serve those in the Rogue Valley who are in need of help meeting their most basic human needs: food, clothing, shelter, education, safety, and health care.

Temple Emek Shalom recognizes that there are many areas that comprise Social Justice actions such as economic, racial, environment, immigrant, housing, and food justice.

Our goal is to have our social justice work be an expression of our most abiding Jewish values: Chesed (loving-kindness), Tzedek (justice), and Tikkun Olam (helping mend the planet). Practicing social justice provides many ways to take on the work of building a more just world.

To fulfill those values we are working on the following issues:

Tikkun Olam: Climate justice opportunities in the Rogue Valley

Tikkun Olam: Exploring racial justice issues by watching films and reading texts and then coming together in a safe space for our members to explore and discuss this issue.  After these focused discussions, which will give us an opportunity to learn and reflect we will move into the action phase of this focus group.

Tzedakah: A way to do this work is to donate funds to various non-profit organizations in the Rogue Valley,

Chesed: We support the Ashland Emergency Food Bank and many other organizations offering support to unhoused individuals, our Hispanic neighbors, and victims of the Almeda fires on an ongoing basis.