Social Justice


Rabbi Neil's WEEKLY WORDS!

Rabbi Neil's video drashes on timely and pertinent topics.

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Under the leadership and inspiration of BSS member Mitch Rishe we are forming a Beth Shir Shalom team to participate in the annual Walk to End Genocide organized by Jewish World Watch at Pan Pacific Park.

There have been 44 genocides in the world since the Holocaust! As Jews, the primary inheritors of the Holocaust's legacy, we can either ring our hands about how little we've learned and resign ourselves to human cruelty or we can do something about it!

Register here! 

Get sponsored and RSVP to the Temple office to let us know you'll be there!

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Click here to read remarks from Emeritus Rabbi Sandy Ragin, Leo Baeck Temple at a breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 17, 2014.

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Learn about and advocate for

Africans being denied asylum in Israel



This Passover, put a tomato on your Seder Table click for details

Read the True Story of the Orange on the Seder Plate


Read Rabbi Neil's Sermon on Gun Control given on January 20, 2013 at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Watts in honor of Martin Luther King's Birthday.  Click here.

Read Rabbi's Rosh HaShanah Sermons 2013

Rabbi's Rosh HaShanah Sermons 2012


Please sign this petition to nominate Malala Yousafzai for the Nobel Peace Prize. She's the young Pakistani woman who was shot in the head by the Taliban because she wanted to go to school!

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Watch her speech before the United Nations

Leviticus 19, also known as the Holiness Code (i.e., how we should act with one another in order to activate each other's holiness!) tells us "You shall not oppress your fellow. You shall not rob. The hired worker's wage shall not remain with you overnight until morning." Keeping someone at an hourly salary that is below anything approaching a living wage is tantamount to oppression, robbery and holding their wages overnight. Some have had their wages held "overnight" for years. Let's feed this economy and help each other get back on our collective feet!

The need to keep pressing Congress on behalf of working class Americans who desperately need a raise remains urgent. At just $7.25 an hour, or roughly $15,000 per year, the current federal minimum wage is leaving millions of hard working Americans in poverty.

Support Senator Tom Harkin's (D-IA) legislation to raise the federal minimum wage.  Tell your Representative: Raise the minimum wage - Click Here

Check out the important work being done by Rabbis for Human Rights here

Get actively involved -- Click here for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism  


  • End Solitary Confinement
  • We are working with Imagine LA to mentor a formerly homeless family
  • We have partnered with the Islamic Center of So. Cal to promote interfaith activities, understanding and respect.

Important Links: 

Jewish World Watch.  

American Jewish World Service

URJ Religious Action Center

Neil's Album: "On This Day and all the Time" is now available!. Featuring 14 songs that will take you a musical journey for kids of all ages born of heart and inspiration.  

To Learn more about Neil and his music, please visit his Web site