Through our Justice at the Center listening campaign we learned that the members of Congregation Shaare Emeth care deeply about issues of racial, economic and educational inequity here in St. Louis. Right now, the best way to begin to address these concerns is to vote for candidates and issues that represent our values in these areas. Therefore, we are embarking on a nonpartisan Civic Engagement campaign — Vote Your Values — to achieve 100% voting by every eligible member of Shaare Emeth in the midterm elections. Through a variety of means we will educate, register, engage, motivate, prepare, and enable 100% of voting age Shaare Emeth members to vote in 2018.
If you are not registered to vote you can do so by clicking HERE by October 10, 2018.
Not in town on November 6? Request an absentee ballot by clicking HERE by Wed Oct 31, 2018, 5:00PM CDT
Missouri has changed its Voter ID requirements. Click HERE to get all the information you need about what you need to bring to the polls.
Dates to Remember:
Missouri General Election: Nov 6, 2018
Voter Registration Deadline: Wed Oct 10, 2018
Request For Absentee Ballot: Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:00PM CDT
Absentee Ballot Deadline: Tue Nov 6, 2018
A man once came before the Chazon Ish (a Russian-born Orthodox rabbi, 1878-1953) and explained that he didn’t have enough money to pay his taxes and, therefore, would not be allowed to vote in an upcoming election. The Chazon Ish responded: “You should sell your tefillin and pay the taxes… tefillin, you can borrow from another, but the right to vote you cannot get from someone else.”
This story tells us that voting is so important that one should sell one’s tefillin—a symbol of one’s commitment to observing the mitzvot, or commandments—in order to do so. Reform Judaism views voting as a sacred obligation that is incumbent upon us as equal citizens in a democratic society.
To read more about Jewish values and voting, visit myjewishlearning.com
mitzVOTE Campaign from Hillel International
Voter Engagement Toolkit from The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism: Click HERE
Blog Post: Ensuring Jewish Voices and Values in the Public Square, By Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner of the Union for Reform Judaism: HERE