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Social Action

The work of Social Action is based on the ethical principles of Judaism, and the notion of Tikkun Olam, the injunction to repair the world. Social Action looks outward to the wider community and society, and the social issues that we feel able to engage with and to raise consciousness about. 

Over the past year, with the pandemic in the background, we have continued our support of Sufra, a local food bank. 
We have joined in campaigns to raise consciousness and to lobby governments to protest against the mistreatment and persecution of the Uyghur community in China. 

Closer to home, we held a four part series in conjunction with JCORE (the Jewish Council for Racial Equality) called RACISM: Identifying It, Learning about it, Combatting it. This featured a conversation with Lord Simon Woolley; the Jewish involvement in civil rights movements and Stephen Bush on his role in chairing the Board of Deputies’ Commission investigation into Diversity in the Jewish Community.

Focus on the issue of inclusivity and diversity within the LJS has included Unconscious Bias training for staff, Committee Chairs and Council members, and we are working toward the creation of an LJS policy on Diversity.

In celebration of the diversity within the LJS community, and our roots around the world, Social Action has created the LJS Heritage Trail, which you can view (and if you’re a member or friend) join in, on our website.

Having registered with Eco Synagogue we are working our way through an environmental audit of our building and practices and have supported the Climate Emergency Declaration.The work of the committee is quite wide ranging, and we always welcome participation in specific areas from anyone in the Community.

Photo by Chris Slupski on Unsplash


'We should be deeply pained by the way we are with the stranger who lives in our midst', read Rabbi Alexandra
Wright's recent piece in The Guardian




Fri, 19 April 2024 11 Nisan 5784