Social Justice

All initiatives allow one-time or on-going commitments

From Abraham Joshua Heschel, “It is not enough to be concerned for the life to come. Our immediate concern must be with justice and compassion in life here and now, with human dignity, welfare, and security.” Our Mishkan T’Filah further reminds us that “religion embraces both faith and action. The primary quality is action.”

Touro Synagogue is action driven as a dynamic participant in social justice initiatives within our own Touro community and with our New Orleans neighbors. We enjoy partnerships with many organizations and we warmly invite you to join with us in our efforts.

In 2011 Touro  Synagogue won the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism’s coveted Irving J. Fain Award for Outstanding Synagogue Social Action Programming, one of the highest honors available to congregations within the Reform Jewish Movement.

We received this award for our “Partnerships for a Better New Orleans” initiative with Sophie B. Wright Charter School. Through this synagogue-school partnership, synagogue volunteers assist a neighborhood school through various programs including tutoring, repairing the school building, mentoring, and organizing a winter coat drive. In turn, the school has given back, with its marching band and student population joining us for our annual Jazz Fest Shabbat.

On-going or one-time involvement is ALWAYS welcome. There is no Social Action “committee” and no agenda of meetings. We are all in action as a congregation together.

Engagement Opportunities


Sophie B. Wright

Harry Tompson Rebuild Center

Krewe of VIPs

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Broadmoor Food Pantry

Eden House

LGBTQ Action

The Loyola Honors Community

Mass Incarceration

Second Harvest Food Bank


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