OS JUSTICE is Or Shalom Jewish Community's social justice committee. Formed in the Spring of 2008, we are a passionate and progressive group of Or Shalom members, who seek to improve our society as well as ourselves. Confronted with a myriad of urgent problems in our world, we find inspiration from the words of Rabbi Tarfon in Pirke Avot who said "It is not up to you to finish the work, yet neither are you free to desist from it." We don’t have to do it all, but we must find a way to do something!
Our focus in the year ahead is human rights, broadly construed.
Our strategy involves a variety of tactics and levels – from the global and national scale to the familial and personal.
OS JUSTICE typically meets on the third Wednesday of every other month from 7 - 9 PM. At each gathering, we:
- Build our relationships with one another
- Learn about how Jewish tradition grounds our work
- Plan actions and educational events for our community
- Share stories of hope that inspire us in our effort
Any member with an interest in tikun olam, healing the world, is welcome at any meeting, regardless of previous attendance or knowledge of the issues. Just show up!
Want to join our listserv? Just send a blank message to OSJUSTICEfirstname.lastname@example.org. To see our past messages to the listserv, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OSJUSTICE/
Serving is good--healing the world is healing ourselves. Here are words of thanks from one San Francisco organization that Or Shalom recently enjoyed serving through the gifting of items during the holiday season:
"We at JFCS strive year round to help ou clients meet the challenges they face. It's a special joy when friends like you join us in helping them to feel cared-for and connected to the community. Thank you for helping to make the holidays a special time for those we serve, and for being a part of the JFCS family."
JFCS President, Board of Directors
Or Shalom Condemns Anti-Muslim Bus Ads
Or Shalom Jewish Community joins the Jewish Community Relations Council and many others in condemning the anti-Muslim advertisements now appearing on Muni buses in San Francisco.
Quoting a religion’s most violent fringe and branding the whole group by association is provocative and hateful. We recognize the First Amendment issues raised by the prospect of banning offensive publicity of this sort, but we are saddened by the thought of San Francisco’s many peace-loving Muslims seeing their faith smeared in public without response from their neighbors.
So, we respond by condemning the ads and stating our wish to live in peace based on mutual respect with all San Franciscans, in their diverse faiths, cultures, and backgrounds.
March 25, 2013