Temple Beth Shalom and Congregation Beth Israel, both Reform congregations in Austin, are committed to creating inclusive and welcoming communities and pursuing social justice. Our congregations work diligently to provide our members with opportunities to learn about and advocate for issues of social justice at the local, state, and federal level. We promote social justice through programs, campaigns, and advocacy efforts that address issues identified by our respective congregations as well as by working together on areas of common interest. As Reform congregations, we support the efforts of the Religious Action Center (RAC) and RAC Texas.
Lead the Reform Jewish social justice strategy, develop and support congregational leaders and staff, and develop and steward organizational partnerships to build towards a more whole, just and compassionate Texas.
• Recognize and determine areas for collaboration around social justice and advocacy work between our congregations aligned with the Reform Movement’s Religious Action Center (RAC) focus.
• Serve on the RAC-Texas leadership team with lay leaders from both congregations by attending scheduled meetings.
• Develop and maintain relationships with local and state social justice coalitions, including participation in leadership meetings.
• Lead core group of clergy and leaders from both congregations to strategize and take action on social justice issues.
• Assist advocacy teams at each respective congregation with their organizational structure, strategy, communications, and sustainability.
• Provide opportunities for our congregants to learn how and build their capacity to organize and advocate for causes.
• Produce content and be responsible for the distribution of the bi-weekly distribution of Tzaddik, our social justice newsletter.
• Provide monthly written reports to the boards of each congregation.
• Collaborate with lay leaders and staff of both congregations and external organizations to develop and implement racial and ethnic diversity, equity and inclusion goals and initiatives.
• Oversee steering committees and core teams of lay leaders and staff to organize social justice themed programs including, but not limited to, annual events such as Social Justice Weekend and HIAS Refugee Shabbat.
• Document learning, successes and challenges throughout the year and make recommendations to help both congregations move forward together in social justice work.
• Bachelor’s degree required
• Minimum 3 years successful experience coordinating, organizing and leading advocacy work
• Effective project management and organizational skills with attention to detail
• Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Familiarity with Reform Jewish practices, rituals, and a commitment to social justice and repairing the world
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Strong relationship building skills
• Ability to manage multiple overlapping projects with multiple stakeholders
• Proficient with social media platforms
• Familiarity with local and state legislative processes, local and state elected representatives and general knowledge of the Texas political landscape
• Enthusiastic about engaging Jewish lay leaders though social justice conversations and initiatives as an expression of their ongoing spiritual practice and values