The mission of the Social Justice Council (SJC) of Old York Road Temple-Beth Am is to expand social justice and social action, to make it pervasive throughout synagogue life. The SJC provides education and communication about contemporary issues, encouraging our congregants to take an active role. We provide opportunities for both advocacy and service projects to Beth Am members. In our tradition, Rabbi Saperstein, former Director of the Religious Action Center, reminds us that the separation between prayer and action is slight. When we help others we are involved in religious activities just as much as when we pray. After participating in the civil rights march in Selma, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “I felt my legs were praying.” Our work for social justice and action is what we do to make God’s values real in the world. Join this most vibrant committee! The RAC’s web site provides the latest information on social action and advocacy issues.