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Freedom, equality and the November election

05/31/2018 09:16:54 AM


Rabbi Allison L. Berry

Jewish tradition teaches that all of us are created, b’tzelem Elohim,” in the image of God. We are created with a spark of the divine inside us. Since each of us are holy, sacred and unique beings, we are entitled to live lives of dignity, quality and respect. This November, the dignity and equality of the transgender and gender non-conforming people who live amongst us is threatened. Temple Shalom stands with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), Keshet and Freedom for All Massachusetts as we work to combat a question slated to appear on the Massachusetts State ballot this November revoking protections against transgender people. This nature of this ballot question runs counter to our values and deeply held beliefs as Jews.
We are proud Temple Shalom’s Board of Trustees voted to stand against this hateful legislation and as a synagogue community, we will now work alongside partners to ensure all people in our Commonwealth have the right to live with dignity and equality under the law.
There are many opportunities to get involved. As part of our celebration of Pride month this June, we will welcome a speaker (details and further information to be announced) to teach us about the pending legislation and how we can take action. Freedom for All Massachusetts is looking for volunteers to help work phone banks and to canvass neighborhoods in our community. You can find further information on the Freedom for All Massachusetts website . Please consider signing this pledge indicating your support.
May we continue to work for a day when, without exception, each of us are free and equal under the law. When every individual regardless of gender, skin color or difference, can expect to be treated with dignity and respect. May we live out our Jewish teachings and values, as we build a world where each of us are included and created, b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God.

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