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Social Justice

Jewish tradition teaches that every human being has inherent human dignity and worth and that we have an obligation to make a difference in the world. We feel bound by the ethical imperative of tikkun olam, repairing the world. The Torah mentions the mitzvah (commandment) to love the stranger thirty-six times. We are reminded of the importance of paying workers fairly. We are commanded to feed the hungry. Our judges should judge people fairly and equitably. And overall, we are given the imperative: tzedek, tzedek tirdof – justice, justice you shall pursue (Deuteronomy 16:20). The Jewish commitment to social justice is strong.

That is why Beth Sholom Synagogue is a proud member of the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope (MICAH). The organization was formed in 2017 to work towards creating a more just and equitable Memphis for all.

MICAH is a coalition of over 60 community and faith-based organizations joined together to project a more powerful voice on issues of justice in our city. MICAH’s current platform concentrates on three pillars: economic equityeducation reform, and immigration & intercultural equity. These pillars involve various issues relating to police accountability, criminal justice reform, corporate accountability, and addressing systematic inequities. 

MICAH organizes and speaks to the Memphis community and its leaders, always seeking to "do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God." The purpose of MICAH is not to replace each congregation or community organization's efforts, but instead to amplify the voice and the impact by working together interdependently to advocate for those less fortunate.

The transformation of Memphis can only be realized when public officials, the business community, and individual citizens work together in the same direction. Beth Sholom Synagogue is proud to participate in this effort.

For more information, go to MICAH’s website at and contact our Beth Sholom MICAH delegates, Lisa Harris, 901/340-0138, and Mindy Lipson, 901/335-4702.

Fri, May 7 2021 25 Iyyar 5781