Temple Shaaray Tefila has been recognized by the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism (CSA) with the Irving J. Fain Social Justice Award. The Fain Awards highlight a diverse and meaningful portfolio of work from congregations across the Reform Movement, which aligns with our vision of a world filled with wholeness, justice, and compassion.
The concept for Temple Shaaray Tefila’s (TST) Mental Health Series, in partnership with Manhattan Together/Metro-IAF, was formed in 2017 when the congregation hosted a forum on reducing mass incarceration of people with mental illness and substance use disorders, sparking interest among members in learning more about mental health and mass incarceration issues. This series was designed to create awareness of how the city treats and responds to those living with mental illness. The result was a series of six programs, with a seventh program designed for senior citizens scheduled for fall 2019. The goal was to educate congregation partners about mental health issues and engage in organizing to have a broader impact on those issues.
Congratulations to our team!