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social justice

The mission of the Social Justice Network (SJN) is to repair the world (tikkun olam) by motivating and educating our congregation to serve and advocate.

This season as we focus on teshuva–repentance and second chances–help bring a second chance to others. Currently, Florida has one of the most punitive disenfranchisement policies in the country, permanently barring people with past felony convictions from ever voting. This affects more than 1.6 million Floridians– including more than one in five African Americans–from voting.

In the fall, we collected enough signatures to ensure that the Florida Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative would be on the 2018 ballot. After that success, we are shifting our focus to advocating for the referendum’s success in the polls. If passed, it would restore the right to vote to people with prior felony convictions upon completion of their sentences, except those convicted of murder or a sexual offense.

The Torah teaches us to “Love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Lev. 19:18). Help us honor that teaching through your participation. For more information on our social justice offerings, please contact Rabbi Ethan Bair.

Thu, July 16 2020 24 Tammuz 5780