The Social Justice Vision at Stephen S. Wise Temple

Our congregation will see Social Justice as a calling that derives from our sense of God and the imperative of Jewish Tradition. The Stephen S. Wise Temple community will use our influence, power and compassion to be a force for positive, meaningful and effective change in the quality of life on behalf of all the citizens of Los Angeles and the world.


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Chag Sameach -- Happy Pesach!

As you all gather around your Seder tables I hope that your years spent deepening your own knowledge and commitment to Judaism make the experience that much more meaningful.

May the Haggadah's story that immerses us in the historical memory of our people evoke a renewed consciousness of the place that our people have in human destiny. As you recite the words: Avadim Hayinu -- we were slaves, may you come to believe that our collective memory of the chains of slavery compells us to unshackle any in our own society who are bound by economic, medical, environmental and yes physical bonds so that we can one day celebrate Pesach knowing that all are truly free in this world.

Chag Sameach,

Rabbi Ron Stern and the Social Justice Leadership Team

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