Panim is the overall name of our social action and social justice work. Meaning ‘faces,’ it reflects the fact that all our efforts in this area are grounded in sacred relationships, seeking to honor the dignity of every human being.
We all long for a just and peaceful world, yet it’s sometimes hard to imagine given the global challenges and injustices we see on a daily basis. As a congregation, we hear this call to action, and as Jews, we feel obligated to respond.
B’nai Jeshurun led the way when we opened our doors to the gay and lesbian community at the height of the AIDS crisis starting in the 1980s, and we continued our mission when we founded a women’s shelter, supported marriage equality, and established environmental campaigns, among other initiatives. We have confronted some of the most pressing social and political issues of the day head-on, and we’re proud of our track record.
There needs to be more justice, more equity, and more love in this world. We acknowledge that we don’t have all the answers, and that humility is an essential trait of effective activism. We work toward that prophetic vision every day: by standing in solidarity with our neighbors, and searching for real-world solutions to the most urgent social issues.