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Social Advocacy

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. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive notifications about Social Advocacy activities and initiatives, please email us at

Stacey Chazin and Carolyn Levin


Donate Household Items

The Social Advocacy Committee is currently accepting donations on behalf of HIAS

  • Twin Sheets & Twin Comforters (new only)
  • Large Kitchen Knives
  • Small Fire Extinguishers
  • Individual Adult Toothbrushes
  • Frying Pans
  • Saucepans (any size)
  • Target Gift Cards

Donation drop in synagogue lobby. Contact with any questions.


Social Advocacy ADL Series

In partnership with the Philadelphia chapter of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the TBS Social Advocacy Committee’s program for members of the congregation continues on Thursday, February 29 with "Youth: How do we help our youth deal with antisemitism?" 

This five-meeting series will offer a safe and engaging space to explore issues of antisemitism in our community, the country, and around the world. Participants will have time to share and process their thoughts and their own experiences with antisemitism and will gain valuable guidance, strategies, and tools for having conversations with others – both Jewish and non-Jewish – about the topic.

The program is being co-designed by members of the TBS Social Advocacy Committee in collaboration with Andrea Heymann, associate regional director, ADL Philadelphia. Andrea will also help to facilitate the sessions in partnership with TBS clergy. (Andrea’s name may look familiar, as she grew up at TBS!).

Upcoming Sessions:

February 29: Youth - How do we help our youth deal with antisemitism?
March 28: Filling our Tool-Kit - How to Handle Antisemitism

View recordings of previous sessions:

November 5 - Introductory Session

November 30 - Identifying Different Forms of Antisemitism

January 18 - Being/Becoming an Upstander vs Bystander 
                   Part One
                   Part Two


Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

Click here to register for the Civil Rights Exploration Journey!

Please note that you need to log into your TBS account to register for the trip. If you have any questions about your login, contact Susan Aaronson.

TBS Civil Rights Tour Presentation

Information Meeting Zoom Recording

We are requesting RSVP's for the November 30 session. Please register here!

What's Your Story?

We were all once strangers in a strange land, and our families each arrived in their own unique way. Thank you to everyone who participated by submitting a 'Coming to America' story. Read the Coming to America stories here! 

Social Advocacy Committee Resources


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

106 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

Tue, April 16 2024 8 Nisan 5784