Sunday, November 4, 2007

Heksher Tzedek: Moving Forward

On Tuesday, members of the National Heksher Tzedek Commission will convene for their first meeting at Beth Jacob Congregation. The six member commission is co-chaired by Rabbi Michael Siegel of Anshe Emet Congregation in Chicago and Mr. Scott Kaplan of Atlanta, Georgia.

At this meeting the commission will be reviewing the standards and working guidelines formulated for the Heksher Tzedek by KLD, review the work undertaken by Professor David Cobin and several Hamline Law School students relative to state and federal employment law statutes.

The commission will also study the Jewish source material developed by Rabbi Avi Reisner, learn about the magnificent work which Jewish Community Action and the Beth Jacob Social Justice committee have done in community organizing and education, and sign off on a soon to be launched website and informational brochure.

These are exciting days for Heksher Tzedek as we continue moving forward. In a little over a year, a concept first discussed at Beth Jacob Congregation has become a central project of the Conservative movement. Your support is vital in making this a central part of kashrut observance in the years to come.