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Racial Equity Newsletter:
Help Protect The History Of Pearl City In Boca Raton​

Dear Equality readers,

There are a few important undertakings going on in our community that we wanted to make you aware of. Please take a moment to read these, and hopefully you will be able to help!

Help Protect the History of Pearl City in Boca Raton

Lois D. Martin was born in Boca Raton in 1928, and spent her entire life dedicated to education and civil engagement. She was secretary to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and later served as vice chairperson for the Housing Authority. She was a contributor to Habitat for Humanity, sat on Boca Raton’s Historic Preservation Board, held the offices of vice chairperson of the Pearl City Blue Ribbon Committee and treasurer for the Martin Luther King Memorial Committee.

In 1978, when Glades Road was extended from Dixie Highway to Federal Highway, it split Pearl City into what is now known as Lincoln Court and Dixie Manor. Ms. Martin opposed this measure, fearful for what it might to do the community.

Ms. Martin passed away earlier this year, and DISC, Discovering Interracial Social Change, is actively working to have Glades Road between Dixie Highway and Federal Highway designated with the honorary name “Lois D. Martin Way.”

You can help this effort by

Join the Temple Beth El Civil Rights Journey

There is still time to sign up for the Civil Rights Journey to Georgia and Alabama, February 25-28, 2023.

We will be visiting historic sites like Ebenezer Baptist Church and the King Center in Atlanta, the Rosa Parks Museum, Legacy Museum, and National Memorial to Peace and Justice (Lynching Memorial) in Montgomery, walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, and visiting the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

To learn more about this amazing opportunity, fill out this interest form or contact Rabbi Greg Weisman at [email protected].

Civil Rights Journey to Georgia and Alabama with Temple Beth El of Boca Raton event graphic
Support The Giving Tree Holiday Project

The Giving Tree’s mission is to spread kindness, dignity, and hope to those in need within our local area. It is the outgrowth of the relationships Temple Beth El built with the community in Dixie Manor, and has expanded to serve anyone in need in our community, both individually and through a multitude of social service agencies.

Visit thegivingtreeboca.org to learn more about the history of The Giving Tree, and how you can help this holiday season and throughout the year. 

The Giving Tree of Temple Beth El of Boca Raton Logo with background
Rabbi Greg Weisman, Temple Beth El of Boca Raton

 Thank you,

Rabbi Greg Weisman

Temple Beth El Racial Equity Initiative Mission

Temple Beth El’s racial equity mission is to inspire our congregation and community to do our part to dismantle systemic racism and build a more just world through education, relationship building and advocacy.

Temple Beth El Racial Equity Initiative Vision

Inspired by Jewish tradition and our people’s belief that every human being is a divine creation, motivated by our obligation to see and seek the divinity in every human being, Temple Beth El of Boca Raton‘s racial equity initiative seeks to inspire members to achieve racial equity in their own lives and the lives of all they encounter.
 
Congregation members who join this effort will:

 

  • Participate in educational programs to recognize systemic racism in our society.
  • Organize educational opportunities for the temple community to understand how racial equity affects our lives.
  • Inspire the next generation through educational opportunities for our Early Learning Center and Religious School families.
  • Develop skills to engage in community efforts to improve racial equity.
  • Pursue partnerships in local, statewide, or national organizations working toward racial equity.
  • Join with faith-based institutions to expand our power and depth of resource in our community.
  • Internalize the concept of racial equality and act on it daily, becoming a catalyst to have others act in the same fashion.
  • Ultimately, activate our power, our resources, our wisdom, and our relationships to overcome systemic racism and the imbalances it creates.
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