Social Justice Task Forces

Social Justice Task Forces
Task forces are open to all TAE members!

In December 2020, Temple Adat Elohim formed four Racial Justice Task Forces. Each group has been identifying specific areas that they would like to learn more about and then will be advocating for change. They will look to partner with existing groups who are already involved in this work. Each of the task forces welcomes TAE members to join as active participants in the group at any time. It is expected that these task forces will be on-going.

Task Force Meeting Information

Criminal Justice Reform
Harold Gordon, Chair

The Criminal Justice Reform (CJR) Task Force is exploring different aspects of the criminal justice system. After educating ourselves about a variety of issues through reading, speakers and engagement with others who are already working to make changes to our criminal justice system, the task force will select an area of focus in which we believe that we can make an impact. One strategy that we will pursue is exploring the ways in which we can lend our assistance to those who have already embarked on reform efforts. We anticipate that our work will require a sustained effort over time and invite interested TAE members to join us.

Voter Suppression Reform
Susan VanVleet & Diane Lipson, Co-Chairs

The Voting Rights Task Force is currently focusing on the three voter rights bills that have been introduced in the House. These three bills seem to cover the concerns of each of the task force members. We are hoping to have someone at a future meeting to explain and help us understand what is in the bills and what we can do to support them. We are also exploring the possibility of partnering with other well-established groups doing work in voter suppression

Education Reform
Arianne Walker & Susan Drapkin, Co-Chairs

The mission of Temple Adat Elohim’s Education Reform Taskforce is to support and educate youth in the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Inclusion at TAE 
Cyndi Levinson, Chair

The TAE Inclusion Task Force is exploring ways to evaluate all aspects of TAE to insure that everyone feels included. We are exploring all aspects of inclusion including race, gender, disabilities, economic status, interfaith, single parenting and more. As areas of improvement are identified, we will be presenting and implementing changes.Click here to email our Social Action Committee for meeting dates and times or to join a task force.