Tikkun Olam / Social Action
"Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander." -- Holocaust Museum, Washington DC
The mission of the Social Action Committee is to promote activities at the local, national and international levels which support the Jewish idea of Tikkun Olam, Repair the World. The Social Action Committee organizes programs, projects and fundraisers to improve the lives of others in our synagogue, our local area, our nation, and throughout the world.
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Social Action Spotlight
Congregation Natan-Ya, a Reform synagogue in Israel, needs our help now!
Life for Reform Jews has become more difficult in Israel.
There is discrimination at the Western Wall and Netanyahu reneged on his plan to allow egalitarian worship at an area close to the Western Wall; a Conversion Bill gave the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate total control over all conversions in Israel, and there are attempts to end public transportation on Shabbat.
There is also concern about people trying to de-legitimize Reform Judaism in Israel. "Reform is not Judaism", "You are a different religion", and "You are the cause of assimilation in the US, we don't want it here" are phrases that are declared by some self- righteous, ultra- Orthodox.
At Congregation Natan-Ya, they were forced to install a fence around the synagogue and have the outer gates always locked for safety. Despite these precautions, they suffer different acts of vandalism such as throwing of glass bottles, damaging the sewage system, cutting the water pipes of the garden, defacing community notices, etc. The police do nothing because they are "minor incidents".
Despite these difficult times, in 2017, Congregation Natan-Ya has had 32 children celebrate their bar/bat mitzvah, 25 people converted, approximately 60 congregants pray every Friday night and the mailing list has grown to 600 people. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the congregation's founding in Netanya and 25 years of Rabbi Edgar Nof ( Natan- Ya's Rabbi) rabbinate in Israel.
Rabbi Nof wants to create a special fund to celebrate these milestones. The fund will help children from Ethiopia, Russia, the Ukraine, or any child in need who cannot afford to pay for a bar/bat mitzvah ceremony and to celebrate their special day.
Let's stand with Israel and work towards building a Jewish and Democratic State in Israel. We want a collective pluralistic Jewish people.
As Reform Jews, we are obligated to repair the world through tzedakah.
Please make a generous donation today to Congregation Natan- Ya.
Checks can also be written and sent directly to Congregation Natan-Ya, c/o Rabbi Edgar Nof, POB 2654, Netanya 4212601 ISRAEL, or you can make a check payable to Congregation Etz Chaim for Natan- Ya.
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