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Social Advocacy Committee

The TBS Social Advocacy Committee was formed to provide congregants with the resources they need to respond to pressing social issues. We have established three main areas of focus — combatting racism and social injustice, immigration and gun safety. The committee has developed contacts with national and local leadership of several organizations including HIAS (formerly Hebrew Immigrant Aide Society) and Moms Demand Action so that we can provide our community with engaging programming and activities. In the future we will add more topics of interest.

In response to current events, the Social Advocacy Committee will be developing programming to support those who wish to join the movement and address racial justice in keeping with Jewish values. Our goal is to craft a three-pronged approach around Education and Awareness, How to Be an Ally, and Taking Action.

For more information contact Terri Oppenheimer or Zach Oppenheimer. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive notifications about Social Advocacy activities and initiatives, please email us at

Current Events

The Social Advocacy committee has launched a series of small group sessions aimed at the Jewish community’s responsibility to listen, learn, and stand with and for those whose lives and well-being are threatened by racism and hatred.







The Social Advocacy committee is also working to put an end to gun violence in all of its forms, and we welcome you to join us by clicking through and signing both of the petitions below.

Social media has allowed antisemitism, racism and hate to spread faster and further than ever before. A broad coalition including ADL, Color of Change, Common Sense, Free Press, LULAC, Mozilla, the NAACP, National Hispanic Media Coalition and Sleeping Giants is urging advertisers to stop supporting hate and extremism on Facebook. To voice your support for businesses that are joining the campaign, click here to sign the #StopHateforProfit petition.

Voter Information

Voting in a Presidential Election in a Pandemic - Wednesday, October 7 at 7 pm via Zoom
Camden County Board of Elections Commissioners Novella Starks Hinson and John Custodio will discuss vote by mail and in-person voting options, what to expect for the General Election in November, voting security, and more! A Must-Attend event for anyone interested in being informed – and informing others – this election year! Free but registration required.

Time is running out to ensure our elections are held in a safe and fair manner in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. No one should have to choose between their health and their constitutional right to vote. To urge Congress to provide additional funding to states and local jurisdictions for the upcoming 2020 elections, click here.

Prepare NOW for Election Day
November 3rd is Election Day, and it's approaching quickly. The Social Advocacy Committee is planning voter education events for the fall, but in the meantime here are three steps to make sure you can exercise your right to vote:

  • Are you registered to vote? Are you sure? You can both check and register by clicking here or simply register in Camden County by clicking here.
  • Would you like to vote by mail? New Jersey law allows you to request ballots for all future elections. Here’s the form for Camden County residents.
  • Do you need any help with registration or the voting by mail process? Feel free to contact Susan Anolik or Jackie Goldstein for assistance.
  • If you prefer to vote in person, do you need assistance getting to your polling place, we are arranging for rides and other assistance. Sign up by sending an email to Zach Oppenheimer.



So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl by Marra B. Gad

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

The Racial Healing Handbook by Annaliese A. Singh, Tim Wise, and Derald Wing Sue



When They See Us – The story of the Central Park 5

Dear White People – The experience of a group of black students at an Ivy League College

Just Mercy – Legal drama profiling racial disparities in the justice system

Fruitvale Station – The last day in the life of a 22-year-old black man trying to live a clean life.

3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets – Examines the shooting of a 17-year-old black youth after an argument over loud music.

Brian Banks – The true story of a high school football star wrongly convicted of a crime he didn't commit.


For children

PJ Library resources on talking to your children about racism.

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults

PBS’s Teaching Your Child About Black History Month

Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race


A Jewish Anti-Racist Reading List for Children of All Ages

PBS Learning Kit with Daniel Tiger

Raising Race Conscious Children

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice


For Adults

ADL - Anti-defamation League

ADL - Anti-Bias Tools and Strategies

Teaching Tolerance

So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Campaign Zero

75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice

Anti-Racism project—list of books, movies and articles to learn more about racism

Zin Education Project

Tri-County Board of Jewish Clergy Statement on Pursuing Racial Justice

“Morally speaking, there is no limit to the concern one must feel for the suffering of human beings, that indifference to evil is worse than evil itself, that in a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.” - Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

We, the members of the Board of Jewish Clergy of Southern New Jersey, remember with sadness, outrage, and shame the memory of George Floyd and other African Americans, our fellow Americans, whose lives were cut short at the hands of the police in recent years. Our hearts go out to their families, their communities, and all those torn by their deaths.

Once again, their pain and tears are crying out, as they have been for centuries, demanding their dignity be as valued as any other one of G*d’s precious creations.

Jewish tradition, history, values, and memory does not allow us to be quiet while racism continues to pervade our society. Our Torah forbids us to remain silent. The Book of Leviticus commands: “do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed.” (19:16).

We have fallen short, whether wittingly or unwittingly, in perpetuating the racist structures of our society and by turning our eyes from the suffering of people of color within the Jewish community and within our larger society. We have failed as a community to properly address racism. Now, each of us and our institutions must assume responsibility to create a more just and equitable society.

Fundamentally, we believe that all people are created in G*d’s image and, thus, each human life is of infinite value. Therefore, it is our responsibility as a Jewish community to listen, to learn, and to stand with and for those whose lives and well-being are threatened by racism and hatred. This begins with solidarity and continues by striving to dismantle the systems of oppression embedded into the fabric of our nation.

So, today we rededicate ourselves to promote the Jewish understanding that oppression, inequality, and prejudice hide G*d’s presence in our lives. Over the next year, we will seek to educate ourselves and the leadership of our communities on how to acquire the insights, knowledge, and tools necessary to guide us down the paths of peace toward an anti-racist future.

We will follow the lead of Jews of color and the wisdom of other communities of color to learn what we need to know, what we need to do, and how best to do it - learning when to listen and when to speak; when to step back and when to act.

Today we invite our Jewish community and all communities to join with us as we stand up and commit ourselves to systemic change, working for racial equality and justice.

Today we dedicate ourselves to being voices of love and hope while working to rebuild all that is broken.

Today we say to our black brothers and sisters: We hear you. We see you.

And today we stand with you; grieving and praying together, and pursuing peaceful and powerful ways to make all our voices heard and our impact felt.

In commitment and hope,

The Tri-County Board of Jewish Clergy

Fri, December 4 2020 18 Kislev 5781