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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 service and advocacy.

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, even more than 1.6 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. Now that the referendum has been placed on the 2018 ballot, please talk to your family and friends, and encourage them to vote in favor of voter restoration. For more information on the topic, please contact Rabbi Ethan Bair at rabbibair@tbsmb.org or our Social Justice Fellow Ben Paley at ben@tbsmb.org.

Wed, August 15 2018 4 Elul 5778