Tikkun Olam Upcoming Events

Refugee Justice-Launch Meeting

Thursday, November 29, 7:45 to 9:45 PM

Following October’s Refugee Shabbat, many asked what more can be done to counter the severe treatment of people fleeing danger and misery? What more can be done to support those who come to our country, whose stories often echo our own families’ stories?  At this meeting, we will explore and identify focus areas based on people’s energy.  We should be able to prioritize activism and public education, meetings with elected officials, and providing direct support to meet existing refugee needs.   We will continue to identify and coordinate with existing work occurring within and beyond GJC. E-mail Seth Lieberman for location at s.lieberma@aim.com.

GJC Hosting Homeless Families

December 2-16

GJC will once again be welcoming temporarily homeless families who are clients of the Interfaith Hospitality Network to sleep in our classrooms and eat dinner in the Canteen Room. New volunteers are welcome and needed to help move the families in and out, shop for groceries, cook a dinner meal, serve as evening and weekend hosts, and sleep overnight in the Youth Lounge when our guests are here. If you  would like to volunteer for one of these roles and help fulfill the mitzvah of haknasat orchim – welcoming guests to our synagogue home – contact Debbie Stern, GJC-IHN chair, at debstern502@msn.com or 215–848–9503.

Stefan Presser Memorial Social Justice  Shabbat

Saturday,  December 8. Services at 9:30, Charry Sanctuary, then Kiddush-Reception, then                    Speakers from 1-2:30 PM

Topic is Philadelphia: Educating our Children: A Tale of Two Cities.  Speakers are David Mosenkis, POWER and GJC, and City Councilwoman Helen Gym.

Racial Justice Discussions 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, Luncheon and Evening Session
These sessions, organized by POWER, will be held at Rodeph Shalom in Center City (615 North Broad Street).
During the luncheon session, from Noon to 2:15 PM (doors open at 11:30 AM) the keynote speaker, Rev. Deth Im, Director of Formation with Faith in Action, will discuss strategies for tackling the dimensions of racism in our organizing work and campaigns. Please click here to RSVP to ensure that there is a correct count for lunch accommodations. If you have any dietary restrictions or other questions, please contact Rev. Yvette Davis at ydavis@powerinterfaith.org.
During the evening session, from 5:30 to 8 PM (doors open at 5 PM) Edgar Villanueva, Vice President of Programs and Advocacy at the Schott Foundation for Public Education and author of Decolonizing Wealth, will deliver the keynote address for the Racial Justice Lecture and Conversation during the “Decolonizing Wealth Book Discussion”. Registration for this event has re-opened; we have expanded attendance capacity. Please click here to RSVP to ensure that appropriate accomodations can be made.
If you are not able to join in person, we invite you to watch the Facebook live stream at Facebook.com/powerinterfaith. We hope you will join in these important conversations about racial justice.

Men’s Club Day at Jewish Relief Agency

December 16 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Jewish Relief Agency (JRA) serves over 6,000 diverse low-income individuals across Greater Philadelphia by relieving hunger, improving lives, and strengthening our community. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds meet as a community at JRA’s northeast Philadelphia warehouse (10980 Dutton Road, adjacent to the NE Airport) to pack over 3000 boxes with fresh produce and non-perishable food, and deliver food and a smile into the homes of those in need.  All of these food packing events are important to those in need.  Please join the GJC Mens Club in their monthly support of this effort.  Participants will meet at the JRA warehouse at 8:30 AM, and help in the setup and packing of boxes and make deliveries.  Volunteers may help in all or part of these activities.  All work will be completed by 1:00PM.