A Vibrant Reform Jewish Synagogue in Bergen County.

Temple Avodat Shalom

Serving northern New Jersey since 1952.

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Justice Central


“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

Tikkun Olam – Repairing the World. Members of our community work individually and together to advocate for better laws, policies, and programs that can make the world in which we all live healthier, kinder, stronger and fairer. 

Gender Identity and Expression
At Shabbat Services on Friday night, December 8, 2017, the Social Justice Core Committee announced that our first (but far from last!) Justice Initiative will be focused on Gender Identity and Expression.  For more information, please read the attached speeches by Nilene Evans Chase about the process for identifying our first Initiative and the initial plans for moving forward and by Rabbi Paul about the Jewish values that underlie and support this Initiative.  Please keep watching this space for more information about our plans.
     - Gender Identity and Expression 
     - LGBTQ Awareness

It's a Theyby - Here is a link to a provocative article about raising a baby without a gender identity.

International Transgender Day of Visibility - Is Shabbat, the first day of Pesach this year, March 31st.  

ADDITIONAL SOCIAL JUSTICE OPPORTUNITIES - Below are links to opportunities for social justice activities of all kinds to consider taking on an individual basis or with friends. We are not endorsing these activities, but rather hoping to make our community more aware of what is going on in New Jersey.
Feel free to contact us at to get an event added to this webpage.

Jewish Federation Volunteer Opportunities

  • Sunday, March 25 from 1 – 3pm -  Jewish Federation’s March Mega Food Drive - Pack weekend snack packs for kids at risk of weekend hunger, sort and pack collected food for area food pantries. Families welcome! Registration needed
  • Passover | Friday March 30 and Saturday March 31
    • Deliver hot kosher Passover meals to the elderly in our community on Friday, March 30, at either 11:00 AM, 12:00, 1:00 PM, or 2:00 PM. Pick up food at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh
    •  Assist with Passover Seders on Friday, 3/30 or Saturday, 3/31 beginning at 5:00 PM at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh
    •  Lead a Seder on Friday, 3/30 or Saturday, 3/31 beginning at 5:00 PM at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.  Contact Stacey Orden and tell her that Jewish Federation sent you! | 201 518-1175
  • Personal Shoppers needed on Wednesdays, 11:30 – 2:00 at the Jewish Home Assisted Living in River Vale
  • Help out at Rock Steady Boxing for residents with Parkinson’s Disease, morning hours at the Jewish Home Assisted Living in River Vale and the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.
  • Partner with a resident weekly at Opening Minds Through Art for residents with dementia. Choose from Monday, 9:45, at Jewish Home at Rockleigh, Wednesday, 9:45, at Jewish Home Assisted Living in River Vale, Thursdays, 1:15 at Gallen Adult Day Center in Rockleigh.
  • Gift shop positions at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh
  • Stock the food pantry for Jewish Family and Children’s Services in their Fair Lawn and Teaneck locations
  • Email or call Beth Figman ( or 201 820-3947) for more information on any of the above opportunities.

Puffin Cultural Forum (Teaneck) - Call for Art, March 11 - April 30,  will discuss gender, vulnerability and power dynamics.

Volunteers Are The Unsung Heroes Of Abortion Care -

Seeking Hospice Volunteers -  Visiting Nurse Association of Englewood Hospice is recruiting Hospice volunteers. It has an array of opportunities for any compassionate individuals looking to serve their community. All VNA volunteers receive in-house training at our Englewood office to become a vital component to its Hospice team. Volunteers may choose to work directly with patients or work in our office performing various clerical and administrative duties. Perhaps you are a creative individual who enjoys working with arts and crafts, sewing, massage or Reiki. There are many ways to share your talents through hospice care. One opportunity is:

  • Seniors Helping Seniors -  Seniors For Seniors is a training course where people learn how to advocate for issues of importance to our older neighbors. There are four more openings for the next class, which starts in April. Please see more at

VNA welcomes all who are willing to give their time to help provide companionship to our patients. To learn more about VNA training sessions, dates and times, please feel free to contact:

Marion McGowan/Director of Volunteers North
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group
15 Engle Street / Englewood NJ, 07631
Office/ 800-200-2345 / Direct 201-510-6426


Ten Ways To Fight Hate - A Community Resource Guide

Jewish Council for Public Affairs Urges White House to Defend DACA and Protect Dreamers

Help the victims of the Mexican earthquake
This charity is a Jewish NGO (non-governmental organization) working in Mexico for years. Learn more here.


Past 2018 Events
March For Our Lives -- March 24, 2018

Advocacy Opportunity -- Join Reform Jewish Voice NJ for its annual Advocacy Day, Monday March 12.  This year's theme is R'Fuah Sh'lehmah: Making New Jersey Whole.  For us the healing is in extending rights that we take for granted to all in our state. We are stronger when we stand for each other.

It's Time for Gun Sense in America - Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 7pm. Westwood Community Center, 55 Jefferson Avenue, Westwood NJ.   Sponsors: Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action .  Join us to find out how you can be involved in the change we seek as advocates for common sense solutions to address the nation's dangerous culture of gun violence. Panel includes Mayor John Birkner, Jr. Mayor Diane Didio with special invited guests, including Sen. Loretta Weinberg.

No Dream Deferred  - March 5th March - The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice,of which Reform Jewish Voice New Jersey is a member, is sponsoring five events throughout the state for us to rally side by side with DREAMers and allies.  See the Facebook page - - for more information​

"Let's Talk:  The Politics of Gender in 21st Century America."  Thursday, February 15, 2018.  7:30- 9:30, Fairleigh Dickenson University, Dickenson Hall, Wilson Auditorium, 140 University Plaza Drive, Hackensack, NJ  Let’s Talk” is about the challenges confronting men and women in our society today - culturally and politically. Are men and women living in two different worlds? Perhaps the better question is this: how do we prepare ourselves for an honest, productive conversation about what comes next? Our speakers will cover the impact of the Trump election on gender politics, the political response of both men and women to the #metoo movement. Panelists include Dan Cassino, FDU, Patricia Mathew,Montclair,  Deborah Walsh, Rutgers, Tova Walsh, Rutgers moderated by Yasemin Besen-Cassino, Montclair. 

LET'S TALK! " The Rise, Causes, and Potential Solutions to Partisan Polarization".  Network for Responsible Public Policy.  Fairleigh Dickenson University, Dickenson Hall. Wilson Auditorium. 140 University Plaza Drive. Hackensack NJ. Thursday, February 14, 2018. 7:30- 9:30 pm
NFRPP's Distinguished Lecture Series, "Let's Talk" will focus on the growing polarization among individuals in our society and between the political parties.  Our speakers will take a closer look at the role of the media in fostering polarization.  What is the difference between people's views on the issues, and their feelings toward the other party? What, if anything, might be done to help remedy the growing hostility between the political parties and individuals?  Two authoritative behavioral psychologists and political scientists with research and expertise in this area will help us to understand the conflict and offer some practical resolutions. Click here for further information.

January 15, 2018 - Honoring MLK 
The Annual Bergen County Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration for 2018 will be held at Central Unitarian Church in Paramus on Monday, January 15 at 6:30 PM. 2018 marks 50 years since the assassination of Dr. King. It is today more important than ever to recall and carry forth his legacy. The guest speaker will be social activist The Reverend Charles Boyer. Also featuring vocalist Lauren Hooker and the Teaneck Community Chorus. Please see the flyer for more details and to pass on to others.

January 20, 2018 - Protest in the Tradition of Dr. King
Nonviolent Peaceful Protest in the Tradition of Dr. King, Still the Way to Counter Hate and Extremism - Join the Director of Outreach of The Southern Poverty Law Center for an Inspiring Discussion on Saturday, January 20th.  For more information, click here.