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Vote Your Values

Vote Your Values: A Reform Movement National Civic Engagement Campaign

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.

Our Goals

  • 100% voter registration by all eligible members of Shaare Emeth
  • Voting in the Midterm Elections by 100% of registered voters in our congregation, including college students and homebound members
  • Educating our entire congregation on the issues on the ballot in November
  • Canvassing for the bipartisan supported Clean Act, Amendment 1
  • Training members to help with Voter Protection on Election Day

 

Make the Pledge to Vote and Get Involved HERE.

 

Important Voting Information

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

 

Jewish Values and Voting

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 

 

Jewish Values and Voting: Media & Resources

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

 

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