Critical Issues Forum
Critical Issues Forum monthly meetings are on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at Temple Beth Ami. For more information, contact:
The Temple Beth Ami Critical Issues Forum (CIF) serves as an educational and social action resource for Temple Beth Ami and the surrounding community. The Critical Issues Forum seeks to complement the excellent and vital work of other TBA committees and network with outside agencies by researching and seeking information on issues that are currently critical to the well-being of Temple members and the community at large.
The Critical Issues Forum has partnered with Mazon, the Jewish Response to Hunger. Alliances have been formed with organizations such as the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Jews United for Justice, Maryland Hunger Solutions, and Advocacy for Children and Youth to provide resources for programs, which will inform Temple members about national and local social and economic problems and how they may be addressed. The Committee also partners with the TBA Clergy and other local synagogues to achieve its mission.
Over the past year, the Critical Issues Forum has presented programs that address and provide information on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Maryland and Minimum Wage Legislation.
The Critical Issues Forum is currently focusing on Hunger and Food Insecurity in Maryland. We are working with Mazon, Maryland Hunger Solutions, and Advocates for Children and Youth, as well cultivating relationships with our district and state Delegations to improve SNAP eligibility and the Heat-n-Eat legislation. Food insecurity is defined as the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Food insecurity is related to important social issues including minimum wage, affordable housing, and school failure, as well as emotional and physical health problems, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. If these issues are important to you, please join us.
The Critical Issues Forum does not speak for the Temple as a whole, nor will it endorse politicians on behalf of the Temple or the Forum itself. Our hope is that participants involved in Forum programs will be encouraged to take action.
The Critical Issues Forum provides networks, information, and links to assist participants.