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.

Our goal is to have this service be an expression of our most abiding Jewish values: chesed (loving-kindness), tzedek (justice), and tikkun olam (helping mend the planet). Additionally we help members facilitate actions and responses to emerging social issues and needs within the wider community.

We support the Ashland Emergency Food Bank on an ongoing basis , and this year provided funding for the following organizations:

  1. OHRA (Options for Helping Residents of Ashland)
  2. Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund
  3. La Clinica
  4. Rogue Valley Dreamers DACA Legal Support Fund
  5. Northwest Seasonal Workers Association’s

In addition, TES has formed its own Sacred Circle, in partnership with IMIrJ (Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice) and other statewide faith groups, to address and act upon racial justice and immigrant rights.

Click here to read more about “Doing Justice”.