“Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue”: Reflecting, Learning, and Acting on Racial Justice Issues

In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Dr. Martin Luther King wrote:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

As we consider Dr. King’s legacy and aim to understand how to respond Jewishly to important topics in the American public sphere, “Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue” will be an opportunity to reflect on Torah values regarding racial justice, learn about current issues and events from various perspectives, and respond by putting our values into action.

Program

Friday night, January 18 – Reflecting on Racial Justice as a Jewish issue

6:00pm: Dinner at JCC Community Hall. Speaker is Austin Mayor Steve Adler. RSVP Required.
7:30pm:  Shabbat evening service at Temple Beth Shalom with sermon by Rabbi David Segal of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s Texas office.

Saturday, January 19 – Day of Learning

9:30am: Torah Study at Congregation Beth Israel
10:30-4:00pm: Learning and discussion throughout Saturday at Congregation Beth Israel. Lunch available with RSVP.

Speakers include:

Dr. Courtney Robinson, Founder, Excellence and Advancement Foundation
Plenary I: We Are the Ones We have Been Waiting For 
Plenary II: The Sociocultural and Sociopolitical Factors of Criminalization

Lunch Discussion: Jews of Color (RSVP required)

Dr. Kazique Prince, Senior Policy Advisor, Austin Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism & Systemic Inequities
A comprehensive approach to addressing racism and inequity

Justin Nelson, Attorney
Gerrymandering and other issues that impact voting

Lisa Humphrey, Assistant Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League
Community of Respect

Natasha Harper-Madison, Austin City Council Member, District 1
Affordable housing as racial justice

Mimi Garcia, Director of Policy and External Communications, Texas Association of Community Health Centers
Introduction to Advocacy/Lobbying 101

Sunday, January 20 – Family and Teens Program/Activities

Joint Beth Shalom/Beth Israel Religious School learning and activities

MENSCH

$360

Invite a guest to all events for the weekend, including the Friday Night Donor Reception, Friday Night Dinner, Saturday Morning Donor Torah Study, and all Saturday and Sunday programming.

Thanks given on our website and program.

Thanks for being Mensches!

Allan & Lori Adelman

Anne Alexander & David Kessler

In Memory of Mitchell Block

Ilene Gray & Joe Strouse

Melissa Pepper & Geri Joskowitz

Cecile & Martin Zelinsky

OY, SUCH A MENSCH

$1,000

Invite five guests to all events for the weekend, including the Friday Night Donor Reception, Friday Night Dinner, Saturday Morning Donor Torah Study, and all Saturday and Sunday programming.

Thanks given on our website and program.

Thanks for being Oy, Such Mensches!

Leon Barish & Terry McGinty

MIGHTY MENSCH

$5,000

Invite ten guests to all events for the weekend, including the Friday Night Donor Reception, Friday Night Dinner, Saturday Morning Donor Torah Study, and all Saturday and Sunday programming.

Thanks given on our website and program.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Committee Members

Mike Seay, Co-chair

Melissa Pepper, Co-Chair

Stan Adelman

Russ Apfel

Ilene Gray

Pam Hitchcock

Gretchen Johnson

Tony Orum

Nancy Wolf

Rabbi Alan Freedman, Temple Beth Shalom

Rabbi Amy Cohen, Temple Beth Shalom

Rabbi Rebecca Reice, Congregation Shir Ami

Rabbi Kelly Levy, Congregation Beth Israel

Lori Adelman, Reform Jewish congregations of Austin


Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers over the weekend to help with greeting, welcoming speakers, registration, cooking, set-up, and more.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Melissa Pepper at melissa.pepper@gmail.com

Contact Us

Address

Temple Beth Shalom
7300 Hart Lane
Austin, TX 78731

Congregation Beth Israel
3901 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78756

Phone

TBS: 512-735-8900
CBI: 512-454-6806