Compassion & Justice

Our tradition calls on us to protect the vulnerable, work for justice, and heal our world.


Through our Compassion and Justice activities we seek ways to do this, sustainably and effectively, in the realms of both service and advocacy.


We draw on Jewish wisdom to better understand the issues we want to address, and to work for change in ways that are grounded in both justice and compassion.


Currently, we focus on learning about and working towards racial justice, and on learning about Islam and refugee issues. 


WHO: Everyone who would like to participate in these efforts is welcome.


You don't need to be Jewish to work together to make the world better, or to explore and draw on Jewish wisdom on these topics.


Deepening our Racial Justice Commitments

Mondays: June 28, July 12 and 26, August 9 and 23
7:00-8:30pm PDT, online

Jewish tradition calls us to pursue justice. Our country is experiencing historic challenges to both democracy and racial justice. So, we each need to do our part, now and probably long into the future.

It is important to have a regular time and place to share our experiences, questions, and next steps with others who also care deeply.

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In addition to large group discussion, we invite you to join one of these three ongoing breakout groups:

  • Group 1 will focus on Reimagining Policing and will likely take direct action in conjunction with other activist groups. 

  • Group 2 will practice Communication Skillbuilding for challenging conversations with relatives, friends, children, and others who we meet in daily life. 

  • Group 3 will explore Cultural Conflicts, with attention to personal values, intergenerational trauma, media, wedge issues, and polarization, working to find a steady balanced view in the current tumult. 

These conversations are open to all. No experience is necessary. You are welcome to join us for one session or more, and to invite friends.


If you have questions or would like more information please text Adrianne Bank at 510-847-8816.

Learn more and register for the next session here


Learn About Islam and Refugee Issues with Jewish Gateways' Book and Film Club

Join us for informative books, illuminating movies, and lively discussions. For information and location email Judy Gussmann.