Social Action at Temple Beth-El is overseen by the Social Action Committee.
The Temple Beth-El Social Action Committee welcomes Temple members interested in making a difference.
The Committee addresses two important functions:
First, they serve as the hub of community action for TBE. They play a role in Temple's current social action projects, like Meals on Wheels and the Fun and Food Summer Day Camp programs. They explore other ways to increase TBE's role in serving San Antonians in need. They want to involve Religious School students and their families in more hands on tikkun olam experiences.
Second, they continue their crucial role of sounding the bell for the congregation, Board of Trustees and clergy when social issues merit a response and taking a stand as a congregation. Speaking up for the oppressed, persecuted and overlooked citizens of our local community, nation, and the world is a sacred obligation of Reform Jews. However, the Social Action Committee will now take on a role of creating forums for TBE congregants to learn more about important social and political issues, and to encourage more congregational discussion before recommending that our Board of Trustees take public positions on such issues. In the past, the committee made recommendations, the Board took action, and then the congregation was informed of such actions. They will reverse this sequence in the hopes of involving Temple membership more in deciding which issues the committee should address with a congregational voice and the most powerful way to do so. Join the committe for these important meetings, and look back at this page for updates.