The Jewish value of B’tzelem Elohim, that all people are created in the image of God, can also be seen as a fundamental tool in the realm of Social Justice. We are all created in God’s image, so should be treating each other with dignity, respect, and loving-kindness. Sometimes, we have a hard time attempting to recognize and see the perspective of “the other”, and that confusion can create issues of miscommunication and alienation. As a Jewish people, we have an obligation to resist oppression, advocate for social justice, and ensure that all people are treated with equality.
Education helps bridge the gap and understand the similarities and complexities of different populations within our community. These populations can be defined as groups of people with shared identities who are marginalized within mainstream society. These groups include, but are not limited to, those with disabilities, differing socioeconomic statuses, and/or differing racial/ethnic identities.
Each month, Temple Beth-El raises awareness and educates members about various marginalized groups and social justice issues, which impact these groups in our national and local communities. On this page you will find NEFESH (Hebrew for soul) entries which provide a wide variety of educational resources, cultural materials, and how you, individually and communally, can make an impact within and for those communities.