Social Justice Mission Statement for Shaarei-Beth El:
“Whereas racial justice is a Jewish issue…
because we were once strangers in a strange land and believe in the Jewish value of B’tselem Elohim, that we are all made in the image of the Divine,
because we are part of a multi-racial Jewish community with racially and ethnically diverse Jews from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America, and come in all colours, because we still have work to do to eradicate the racism and segregation that has crept into our culture and community and that has continued to plague our country and destroy lives, “Justice, justice shall [we] pursue”. (Deut. 16:20),
therefore, through reflection on our own thoughts and behaviour, we will strive to build meaningful relationships with Jews of Colour and People of Colour generally, and to work for reforms that will achieve real, lived freedom for Black, Indigenous and all racialized people.”
Social Action Committee:
Our synagogue has been involved in activities raising money and volunteering for local charities such as Safetynet and Kerr Street Mission, helping charities in Israel such as Leket; a response to Hunger, the Jewish National Fund and New Israel Fund and building bonds within and across communities.