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, February 2, 2011

You're Invited! Stephen S. Wise Temple Education Reform: Listening Sessions

We are taking this opportunity to reach out and let you know where we are at in our Education Reform efforts. Since our event in October, our group has been busy with additional research meetings and monitoring the changes occurring within LAUSD, as well as learning about education reform efforts state and nationwide. As we are all aware, Education Reform is a critical issue in our city, inspiring attention from a variety of advocacy groups. Our group is currently reaching out to various organizations to learn more about their efforts, to be heard, and potentially join forces.

At our October event, we focused on the two main themes of Local Budget Control (also referred to as Transparent Budgeting) and Teacher Effectiveness. Now we want to hear from YOU… hear your personal story!

Since having the chance to hear from experts and listen to research findings, we now want the opportunity to hear why you are passionate about Education Reform in our city. We will be holding Listening Sessions with those of you who attended our October event - or those of you who couldn't make it but are interested - to hear your individual stories, build relationships between individuals who care about this issue, and link local stories to larger issues. We are offering two different Listening Session times:

February 15th at 9:30 am OR February 23rd at 7:00 pm with the request that you will attend one session. You may RSVP to with your name, email, and selected Listening Session to attend.

As we learn more from you about your passions and dreams to improve our schools as well as enhance opportunities for our youth, we will strive to unite this energy with the work being done by others in our community. Our voices, and ultimately our impact, may be greater if we can integrate our efforts. So, thank you for your interest in improving our city’s schools. Whether you currently have children in our public schools, you’d like to in the future, or you’re just an interested, civic-minded person concerned about the future of our great city, we welcome your input and encourage your involvement.

Sharon Almany
Laurie Bahar
Jennifer Smith

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