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Justice Work

A community can accomplish more than a single individual. At Temple Israel, we live into our social justice mission by organizing around pressing issues of interest to groups of members.

We are active participants in the Interfaith Council of Franklin County. We do advocacy, education and practical action in areas from energy efficiency to direct support for vulnerable populations.

Active groups are working now in the following areas:

Refugee Support

The Refugee Support Project is an interfaith community group based at Temple Israel which is working to help refugees in Syria as well as immigrants locally. Visit our dedicated RSP page to learn more.

Israel Dialogue Project

The Israel Dialogue Project was established to create a sustained civil conversation about Israel. IDP has:

  • Created listening sessions to hear from a wide range of voices on the Israel/Palestine conflict;
  • Arranged one-time and on-going adult education formats to screen films, hear from speakers and read books, all with the goal of expanding perspectives on this important, and sometimes heated topic.

Shmitta/Sustainability Group

The Shmitta group works at the temple and in the community to increase social wealth and resilience, reduce our collective environmental footprints, reduce food waste and increase local food resilience. This summer will be our third season gleaning (capturing harvest that would otherwise go to waste) and processing food to take home, use at the temple and donate to food banks and related outlets.

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Our rabbi is a trained Compassionate Listening facilitator and has brought that skill to our internal conversations. We offer periodic practice sessions in CL to enhance a culture of healthy communication, for personal and organizational development. We have also brought this skill to bear on issues of wider community interest, in support of civil discourse.

Community Meals

Temple Israel is an active and frequent participant in several community meal programs throughout the year. We cook, serve, eat and celebrate with other churches and organizations who together constitute the dynamic food justice network in Franklin County.

Justice Work

  • Oct 4 2020 - 9:00am

    A team from Temple Israel harvests surplus crops each Sunday morning in collaboration with Atlas Farms. We arrange to donate the vegetables through food justice agencies in Franklin County. This wonderful activity is open to anyone who can work responsibly at a commercial farm.

  • Oct 4 2020 - 3:00pm

    We invite you (all ages) to a special apple glean at a family orchard in Shutesbury. Please RSVP to receive the exact location.

  • Oct 11 2020 - 9:00am

    A team from Temple Israel harvests surplus crops each Sunday morning in collaboration with Atlas Farms. We arrange to donate the vegetables through food justice agencies in Franklin County. This wonderful activity is open to anyone who can work responsibly at a commercial farm.

  • Oct 18 2020 - 9:00am

    A team from Temple Israel harvests surplus crops each Sunday morning in collaboration with Atlas Farms. We arrange to donate the vegetables through food justice agencies in Franklin County. This wonderful activity is open to anyone who can work responsibly at a commercial farm.

  • Oct 18 2020 - 2:00pm

    400 Years: Truth & Healing for the Next Seven Generations

    1620 was the beginning of settlement by English colonists on Native homelands of the Northeast.