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Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains will host “Learn How to Make Your Voice Heard in State and Local Government,” a non-partisan educational session with Andrea Long, Donor Relations Manager for the ACLU of NJ, on May 21 from 7pm to 9pm. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Judaism and Islam stem from the same foundational idea that we are the Children of Abraham, descendants of our common patriarchs and matriarchs. Although both Judaism and Islam have many different interpretations of their core teachings, there are a few common values that are held by both religions: that we are all "People of the Book," and Islam is a continuation of Abraham's monotheistic faith; and that peaceful co-existence comes from honoring one another and one God.

The Broader Issue

Israel’s system of government is based on parliamentary democracy, and in practice operated under secular law. Additionally, each of the major religious communities (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, etc) has their own religious court that maintains jurisdiction of religious practices.

When we speak about immigrants, we’re referring to citizens of other countries who are, for any number of reasons, seeking to live permanently in the United States. When we speak about refugees, we’re referring to citizens of other countries who are fleeing their homes due to violence and persecution, and are seeking refuge elsewhere in the world

Within the scope of Health & Wellness, topics range from mental to physical, from policy to psychological, from spiritual to environmental; relevant issues encompass violence prevention, reproductive health, affordable health care, mental health stigma, substance abuse, bioethics, and more.

The term LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer; in some cases, you may see additional letters LGBTQQIAA which expand the acronym to include Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Ally. The term LGBTQ Equality refers to “a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.

Environmental justice refers to our obligation to protect our planet, its resources, and, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the rights of all people to have “equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.”

Economic Justice is the principle that all people should have reliable and sufficient access to food and housing in a given economy. The sub-issues that are typically focused on by advocates for economic justice include hunger, housing and homelessness, labor issues, pay equity, and living and minimum wage

Reform Jews across North America come together in their own communities to read, explore and discuss social justice-themed books. RAC Reads, hosted by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, provides all of the tools necessary to help get you started

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