Reform Community Comes Together for MLK Social Justice Weekend
Local rabbis gathered with guest speakers Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Rabbi David Segal, Reform Action Center of Reform Judaism - Texas organizer at a Shabbat dinner that kicked off MLK Social Justice Weekend. Photo Credit: Tonyia Cone.
By Melissa Pepper
In January, more than 200 Reform Jews and their guests participated in the second annual MLK Social Justice Weekend.
This year’s event, a joint project of the area’s three Reform congregations—Temple Beth Shalom, Congregation Shir Ami and Congregation Beth Israel—centered around the issue of racial justice. Participants recited the blessing over challah together, worshiped together and learned about policies and issues that have an impact on furthering racial justice.
This weekend serves as a springboard for social action by the Reform Jews of the Austin area and the greater Austin Jewish community. ■
For information or to get involved in next year's Social Justice Weekend, contact Lori Adelman at Lori.AustinSocialJustice@gmail.com or 512-387-1727.