National Social Action Committee

Social Action

To be a Reform Jew is to hear the voice of the prophets in our head, to be engaged in the ongoing work of tikkun olam, to strive to improve the world in which we live. 

Governed by this imperative, the National Social Action Committee mission is to:

  • build and strengthen the Reform Jewish Movement in Canada through social action and social justice advocacy
  • work together as a national community and not in isolation
  • make a difference in Canada through positive and effective programs, the sharing of ideas and best practices associated with our commitment to tikkun olam

Under the guidance of our two Co-Chairs, Helen Poizner of Temple Emanu-El and Fran Isaacs of Temple Har Zion, the NSAC has built on the foundation established by previous chairs, Isla Adelson, Betsy Jameson and Sandy Wise, to create a creative and dynamic portfolio of education and advocacy.

The URJ Biennial in December 2013, passed the NSAC resolution, urging the Reform Movement in Canada to take up the cause of the Aboriginal community. Since that time a variety of programs have been offered to help educate our members about the historical and current challenges that exist. The Hon. Paul Martin spoke on Aboriginal Education, Dr. Michael Dan discussed Aboriginal Economic Development, and members of the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre explored the historical background leading to The Indian Act of 1876 and the present status system. Congregations donated funds to help sponsor Aboriginal youth to the 2014 North American Aboriginal Games in Regina this past summer.   A recent trip to the Indigenous Education Council near Chatham, Ontario saw members involved with cross-cultural sensitivity training, and planning is underway for First Nation and Jewish youth activities.  We hosted a screening of the play FRONTRUNNERS : Niigaanibatowaad, which tells the hidden story of the Aboriginal runners who carried the torch to the 1967 Pan-American Games in Winnipeg.  Denied access to the stadium at that time in 1999 the surviving runners received an apology from the province and a standing ovation from the crowd.   Most recently, Joseph Boyden, renowned Canadian author, engaged our community with readings and discussion about Indigenous history and culture, from his book, The Orenda.

The NSAC and the CCRJ have chosen to partner with the Keep the Promise initiative, as it combines 2 of our most critical concerns, ending child poverty in Canada and advocating for First Nations.  

Please take some time to visit their website www.keepthepromise.ca to learn more about their program and follow our Newsletters to learn of ways in which you can support initiatives to end poverty in Canada.

Come join us as we work together to mend the world one mitzvah at a time. For more information, please contact ccrj@ccrj.ca