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Social Action   at Shomrei Torah

 

Watch or Re-watch SAC programs from 2021

Social Action Committee Accomplishments in 2021 

January

Our new chairperson, Judy Kay, came aboard.

March

“They Have Arrived. Now What?” We initiated a program in conjunction with Passover to encourage donations to immigrant organizations.

April

Members helped plan the Sonoma County Yom Hashoah Commemoration

We presented an Earth Day Climate Forum via Zoom.

May               

Several committee members worked on social justice legislation with The Religious Action Center of California and also met individually with elected officials, including state Sen. Mike Maguire, state Assemblymember Cecelia Aguiar-Curry and state Sen. Bill Dodd. We advocated for the AB 731 criminal justice reform bill, among other issues.

June               

We presented the “Life After Incarceration in the Age of Covid” Zoom panel.

August           

Several committee members met with Assemblyman Marc Levine and Sen. Bill Dodd advocating for the “Time Done” criminal justice bill.

 We encouraged the congregation to contact our representatives in Washington to protect voting rights.

October         

We organized congregants to march under the Shomrei Torah banner in the Women’s Reproductive Rights Rally Santa Rosa.

We held a Zoom “Conversation with Senator Mike McGuire.”

December      

We helped with the Toy Drive of the North Bay Organizing Project and Christ United Methodist Church.

We organized our annual Winter Clothing Drive for Elisha’s Pantry

We presented “The Challenge of Mass Incarceration,” a Zoom forum with the Equal Justice Initiative.

Ongoing SAC Projects

Elisha’s Pantry

We partner with Christ United Methodist Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Church to distribute food to people in need.  The pantry, which is at 1717 Yulupa Avenue, is open on Thursday afternoons. To sign up to work at the pantry, click here.

Redwood Empire Food Bank

We have special shifts of CST volunteers helping pack food and do other tasks at the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Sign up here.

Other Projects

The Social Action Committee has presented films, forums, and panel discussions highlighting current issues. Past programs have addressed criminal justice reform, homelessness, election concerns, gun violence, money bail, immigration issues, the climate crisis and much more. If there is an issue of specific importance to you, please let us know – and join us. For information  email chair Judy Kay  jlkay@sonic.net or members JulieAnn Steinberger julieannsteinberger@gmail.com, Doris Fried dfriedlcsw@gmail.com, or Stephen Harper kelev2@comcast.net.

Social Action Resources

The Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, California is a valuable resource with up-to-date analyses of key social justice topics through a Jewish lens. The RAC also has action guides for urgent social issues specifically within our state. https://rac.org/take-action/rac-your-state/rac-ca.

Sun, January 16 2022 14 Sh'vat 5782