Heal the World, Heal Yourself
As a community brought together through brokenness, we recognize our shared obligation for healing the world and ourselves. We do this through acts of humility, loving-kindness, and the continual pursuit of justice.
Our social action program, Street Torah, puts Beit T’Shuvah’s Torah (i.e. our spiritual values and wisdom) into action; on the streets of our city and in the halls of our government. It focuses on raising up the most vulnerable members of our society through opportunities for community service and social justice. Some of our events and activities include:
Perhaps one of our most powerful opportunities; when our residents and community members share their personal experiences to educate and raise awareness around societal injustices, including drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness, criminal justice reform, reentry, and more.
Education and Training
Learning how to make a meaningful impact through community organizations and leadership development.
Engagement in volunteer opportunities:
- Fighting hunger; we come together to prepare and distribute meals to needy individuals living on the streets of our community.
- Local neighborhood beautification.
- Volunteering at the annual SORO street festival in our neighborhood.
- Volunteering at fundraising and other events for partnering organizations.
We are a proud member of several coalitions advocating for systemic change in local, national, and worldwide arenas. Areas of focus include:
- Criminal justice reform, sentence reform, reentry opportunities.
- Homelessness and affordable housing.
- Economic justice; we have a long standing relationship with the Coalition for Immokalee Workers (CIW) in support of the innovative economic justice model they developed to bring fair wages and safe working conditions.
- Genocide awareness and prevention; we stand alongside dozens of other communities with support from Jewish World Watch (JWW) in their efforts to end genocide and mass atrocities worldwide.
We know from real-life experience, both individually and organizationally, that helping people grow into contributing citizens of society comes through rehabilitation and reform, not strictly punitive measures.