Shabbat Tzedek 5783

Shabbat Tzedek and Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Social Justice

Since 1992, Temple Israel has devoted the Shabbat which precedes Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to celebrating the values and life of Dr. King. We call this special Shabbat evening “Shabbat Tzedek,” a Sabbath of Justice. Hosted by Temple Israel’s Racial Justice Initiative in partnership with clergy, we welcome over 800 people from the TI community and our neighbors to celebrate Shabbat and learn from an invited speaker. This year we welcome honored guest Tanisha M. Sullivan, President of the Boston branch of the NAACP.

The weekend continues on Saturday morning with a Racial Justice themed Torah study followed by  REDI (Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) conversations and lunch catered by local Black-owned restaurants.

In the evening we have a Shabbat Tzedek Havdalah and Musical Gathering (a Sing-along Songfest for Peace, Freedom, and Justice), and for people in their 20s/30s there will be a Riverway Havdalah, REDI conversations, and dinner.

Our members are invited to join Bethel AME Church on Sunday morning for their prayer service.

On Monday, there is a Riverway (20s/30s) online direct service opportunity with Repair the World, and our Religious School students will be involved in justice projects.

Events and Services


Shabbat Tzedek with Tanisha M. Sullivan, President of the Boston branch of the NAACP

Date

January 13, 2023

Time

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Gather with us onsite or online at 6:00 p.m. for an inspirational Shabbat Tzedek, a Sabbath of Justice,…

Shabbat Tzedek Morning Service & Torah Study followed by Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) Conversations

Date

January 14, 2023

Time

9:00am - 1:00pm

Gather with us, onsite and online (on Zoom, on Facebook Live, or via Temple Israel’s livestream) at 9:00 a.m. for an hour…

Shabbat Tzedek Havdalah and Musical Gathering

Date

January 14, 2023

Time

7:30pm - 8:15pm

Sing-Along Songfest for Peace, Justice, and Freedom Join our clergy online for Havdalah and a musical gathering. Celebrating Shabbat…

Service with Bethel AME Church Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Date

January 15, 2023

Time

9:00am - 12:00pm

Join us and our neighbors at Bethel AME Church, 38 Walk Hill Street, Jamaica Plain, for a Sunday…

Riverway Online Direct Service Opportunity with Repair the World

Date

January 16, 2023

Time

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Please join The Riverway Project community and Repair the World Boston for an online direct service opportunity in…

Shabbat Tzedek: Riverway Havdalah

Date

January 14, 2023

Time

5:30pm - 8:00pm

Join the Riverway community for a REDI (Racial, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion) conversation exploring the identities we each…