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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

  • Sep 15 2019 - 8:00am

    Glean with the Temple Israel crew at various locations at Atlas Farm in Deerfield. Harvest for a food distribution site which you have a connection to; or help us harvest for groups we already support. Take a weekly supply for yourself or a canning project.

  • Sep 15 2019 - 10:00am
    Plant, Taste & Celebrate Biblical & Caucasus Mountain Ancient Grains on the verge of extinction

    Sept 8 and 15, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sep 18 2019 - 5:30pm

    Interfaith Council of Franklin County (ICFC) resumes its monthly forums on September 18, Place TBD.
    LOCAL FOOD Pot luck dinner at 5:30
    Program at 6:15.

  • Sep 22 2019 - 8:00am

    Glean with the Temple Israel crew at various locations at Atlas Farm in Deerfield. Harvest for a food distribution site which you have a connection to; or help us harvest for groups we already support. Take a weekly supply for yourself or a canning project.

  • Sep 29 2019 - 8:00am

    Glean with the Temple Israel crew at various locations at Atlas Farm in Deerfield. Harvest for a food distribution site which you have a connection to; or help us harvest for groups we already support. Take a weekly supply for yourself or a canning project.