The Temple reaches out to help people in our community through the Social Justice Committee.
Our social justice work at Temple EmanuEl is active and vibrant, with the goal of driving social change within the congregation, in our local community, and with state-level issues as well.
The Social Justice committee meets on a monthly basis and is open to anyone interested in lending their thoughts and energy to this work. If you’re interested in joining the committee, please contact Samuel Gelman.
Recently we launched a community organizing initiative in the Mount Hope neighborhood of the East Side and have met with more than 18 organizations and local leaders, such as churches, another synagogue, the Mt. Hope Learning Center, Mt. Hope Neighborhood Association, the YMCA and others. We’ve been working to build relationships and ultimately work together to address community needs. We’ve convened two community meetings with tremendous attendance – the last one had more than 50 people there!
With this community coalition, we recently held the “East Side-Mount Hope Community Potluck” at the Church of the Redeemer.
In addition, a series of dinners at people’s homes, called “Friendly 8s,” have been occurring as an opportunity for folks to get to know each other from across the community. Please let Samuel Gelman know if you’d like to host or attend one of these dinners.
We’ve started a video project with Everett Stage and School, a performing arts organization on Duncan Street, to record people’s stories in the neighborhood and create artful, thematically-based presentations about Mount Hope. In addition, Temple members run a food recovery program with the men’s homeless shelter of Emanuel House.
Temple members are working with the RI Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV), supporting proposed legislation to keep concealed guns out of K-12 schools, keep guns out of the hands of people who have been convicted of domestic violence, and limit large capacity ammunition magazines. For more information about how you can be part of the Coalition's work, go to www.ricagv.org. There are many small, do-able, manageable ways you can be involved.
Temple Emanuelites are collaborating with the RI Coalition to Reduce Poverty to promote anti-poverty legislation in RI. Last year, we helped pass three pieces of legislation; one states that out of school suspensions should be used only for violent behavior, not minor infractions, a second extends the Earned Income Tax Credit for working poor people, and the third places a $50 million affordable housing bond on the November 2016 ballot for voter approval. Help us continue our successes. There are lots of small, do-able ways you can contribute. Contact Marty Cooper, Director of Community Relations, at email@example.com or 401.421.4111 ext. 171.