Social Action Committee

Social Action

The committee welcomes your suggestions and participation.
For further information…
Email: Wende Jager-Hyman

The Journey of the Authentic Self: Learning About and Understanding
the Transgender Community
– November 15, 2021

Jewish Insights: Rabbi Cara Weinstein Rosenthal, serves as Temple Beth Sholom’s Associate Rabbi. Rabbi Rosenthal is an engagement-focused rabbi who has served in the pulpit and worked in nationwide outreach and education. Rabbi Rosenthal’s areas of focus include social action, adult education, and family education. Rabbi Rosenthal is proud to serve an inclusive, relationship-focused synagogue community.

A Personal Narrative: Jessica Potak is a 40 year transgender woman who spent the last 3 years transitioning to the best version of herself. Amongst many things she is a single mom to a 13 year daughter, model, artist and musician. Her focus is to support others on a similar journey and to bring understanding and perspective to a larger audience.

Medical Affirmation & Impact of Hate Crimes: David Rosenthal, DO, PhD,  founding medical director for the Center for Transgender Care, coordinating care for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, in collaboration with other clinicians from internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, psychiatry, urology and surgery service lines at Northwell Health. Dr. Rosenthal is also working on outcomes-based research for the LGBT community.

CLICK HERE to donate to Keshet – For LGBTQ Equality in Jewish Life. Fight Hate!
CLICK HERE to donate to LGBTQIA+ Health at Northwell Health
CLICK HERE to attend the FREE 3rd Annual TGNCNB Conference, co-sponsored by Northwell Health at Hofstra University on Sunday, 11/14th

Fortifying Our Flimsy Sukkahs Against the Swirling Winds of Hate – September 23, 2021

Danielle Silas, Primary Hate Crime Felony Assistant in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, will discuss her personal and professional work to battle the rise of hatred, including the rise of Anti-Semitism that is occurring throughout our country and the world.

Congressman Tom Suozzi – May 2, 2021

Congressman Tom Suozzi speaks about the immigration crisis and what Washington can do about it.

Refugee Shabbat – April 9, 10, 11, 2021

The Resettled (link): Tzu Chi USA 360 Production
Appearance: 2016

Out of the Fire, (Personal; documentary film (link):
Reel Lives Films Production
Writer, Director, Producer: 2011

Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes On the World (link):
IRC/Other Islands Films
Appearance (Password: metamorphosis)


Student Arts and Essay Contest

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Zioness: Celebrating Black History

Every February since 1926, our country has celebrated the achievements of African Americans and their contributions to our American story.

Did you know Black History Month was not always a month?

Pastor Jesse Moorland and Dr. Carter Woodson, like many Black Americans, were disappointed and frustrated at the erasure of Black Americans and their contributions to society in historical texts. Together they founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History to promote the study of Black history and commemorate the achievements of Black Americans. In 1926, this vision expanded into “Negro History Week” to be celebrated during the second week of February, to honor the birthdays of two pioneers of civil rights history: Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and Frederick Douglass (February 14).

Schools began studying more Black history, and Black history clubs started forming all across the country. This laid the groundwork for the White House to nationally recognize and elevate the week into Black History Month.

Though Black History Month takes place in February, we have the responsibility to know and celebrate the voices and history of Black Americans every day of the year. For the next four weeks, Zioness will be posting historical figures and facts, and celebrating Black history with various virtual events. We encourage you to join us, to read and share these posts, learn more, and amplify Black voices––not just in February, but year-round, in all areas of your life and work.


Socially Just, Unapologetically Zionist

Temple Beth Sholom of Roslyn Heights was proud to host Zioness founder Amanda Berman on January 25, 2021.  Amanda presented on the question of how we can stand proudly in social justice spaces as Jews and Zionists. Until she recently made the transition to focusing exclusively on building the much-needed Zioness community, Amanda was a civil rights attorney fighting anti-Semitism legally, spearheading such groundbreaking initiatives as the international action against Kuwait Airways for its discrimination against Israeli nationals, and the dual cases against San Francisco State University for its constitutional and civil rights violations against Jewish and Israeli students and community members. Zioness is a proud voice supporting the Jewish community’s right to advocate for its safety and well-being even as it works to create a more just world for all people.

For those that could not attend, you can access the recording by clicking HERE.


The Hineini Initiative

As part of our Hineini Initiative,  Pastor Victor Lewis of Friendship Baptist Church of Roslyn joined us for a program entitled Children of One God. You can access the recording of the evening by clicking HERE.

Click Here for Readings On The Black American Experience and Racism


The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine

In partnership with Sisterhood and the Sid Jacobson JCC, Yousef Bashir author of The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine – virtually joined the TBS community for an Author Talk. The evening highlighted Mr. Bashir, a Palestinian Peace Activist and his memoir.

For those that could not attend, you can access the recording by clicking HERE.