Rabbi’s Message – June 16, 2020
Our Covenant with the World
Last fall, with the support of our Board of Directors, Temple Israel signed on as a “Brit Olam” congregation of the Religious Action Center. Brit Olam translates to “covenant with our world” and is a promise to create a world in which all people experience wholeness, justice, and compassion. In Pirkei Avot we are taught: “Study alone is not enough, our tradition demands action.” Brit Olam is our commitment to actively work for social justice. By signing this covenant, we promised to foster a culture of sacred and civil dialogue in our community where all opinions are heard, act in solidarity with vulnerable communities, build relationships across lines of difference in our local community, act at the local, state/provincial, and/or federal levels to address the root causes of injustice, advocate for systemic change, mobilize around issues that resonate with our community, and participate in state-specific social justice work with RAC-Ohio.
We hear the voices all over the world proclaiming the urgency of this work. We must continue to fight against racism and other forms of injustice, even if we are unable to physically do it together. We need to begin conversations about what this might look like. Join me in this effort. If you are interested in these conversations and becoming more meaningfully involved in social justice, contact me. You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave me a voice message at the Temple. And if you want to dive in now, I strongly urge you to participate in the YWCA’s 21 day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge, which begins on Friday. This is a great step toward deepening your understanding of systemic racism in America. May every step we take bring us closer to fulfilling the work of Brit Olam. To learn more about the Union for Reform Judaism’s Brit Olam communities, visit www.rac.org/britolam.