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Justice at the Center

SAVE THE DATE! Rededication of the Dr. H. Phillip Venable Memorial Park
Saturday, September 18, 2021

This community event will feature an official rededication ceremony as well as educational opportunities to tell the story of Dr. Venable. Check back here for specific times.


Launched in 2018, Justice at the Center is Shaare Emeth’s congregation-based community organizing initiative that aims to address the root causes of injustice.

When we look around at the world as it is, we know that this is not the world as it ought to be. There is pain, despair, poverty, injustice and brokenness. As Jews, we are called upon to partner with God in fostering justice and repairing the world in all the places that we can. Our texts call upon us to care for the stranger, the orphan and the widow – traditionally the most vulnerable members of society.

We can offer this kind of care through acts of direct service, which are important as they allow us to provide help to others in an immediate way. But to get at the root causes of systemic issues like poverty and racism takes organization, time and people-power.

Congregation Shaare Emeth is proud of our three previous Justice at the Center initiatives:

Every Voice, Every Vote, Summer and Fall of 2020: a campaign to encourage safe voting in the 2020 local and national elections, including a campaign to support Medicaid expansion in Missouri.

Justice at the Park, Fall 2019: a campaign to honor the memory of Dr. H. Philip Venable whose equal housing rights here in Creve Coeur were denied more than 60 years ago. This campaign led the city of Creve Coeur to change the name of the park where his original house stood to the Dr. H. Philip Venable Memorial Park. Congregation Shaare Emeth won “The Heart of Creve Coeur” award in 2021 for our participation in this effort.

Vote Your Values, Fall 2018: a campaign to encourage 100% of our members to register to vote in the 2018 elections

 

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