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Advocate for Change

Social Justice (Tzedek)

TZEDEK ISAIAH action teams (project teams) are organized around local, regional, state, and national issues of importance to our Temple membership. We have a core team of 6-8 members who support Tzedek Isaiah strategic planning. We engage in an ongoing campaign of "one-on-one" conversations with Temple members to listen to and understand the issues and concerns that congregants care about plus which of our shared values may lead us to action.

Temple Isaiah partners with other faith institutions to successfully act for change. We are a member of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) and we are a founder of the Greater Boston Synagogue Organizing Project (GBSOP) which now includes over a dozen synagogues. In addition to participating in GBIO and GBSOP justice campaigns, Temple Isaiah receives from these organizations leadership training on community organizing.

Recent Tzedek Isaiah campaigns focused on Common Sense Gun Laws and Environmental Action. A new campaign focusing on the broad theme of “Honoring Differences” is being launched.

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Common Sense Gun Laws: A Jewish Community Conversation and Call to Action

“Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor” (Lev. 19:16)

  • Learn, with our Rabbis, what our Jewish tradition can teach us about our responsibility to take action to prevent gun violence
  • Increase our understanding of current legislative initiatives, in MA and nationally
  • Work with the other members of the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence to lobby for better gun laws and the manufacture of safer guns
  • Hear how we might mobilize with other Jewish congregations and organizations to leverage our power and influence outcomes
  • Provide a forum for engagement and personal stories 

If you are interested in learning more and/or joining us, please email: socialaction@templeisaiah.net

Environmental Action 

Recent efforts have focused around the greening of the Temple. We organized several environmental energy audits by NStar and Keyspan to identity opportunities to improve the efficient use of our recources. In November of 2013, the Temple installed a 48 KW Solar array on the roof facing the parking lot. We participate with the local Lexington Interfaith Environmental Coalition. Joyce Greif is our representative.