Social Justice Circle


Social Justice Circle

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

-Lilla Watson, Aboriginal elder, activist and educator from Queensland, Australia

Transforming Venice and Ourselves.

Social Action feels great; but is it the first course of action? What is the intention behind my desire to heal or help? Are my efforts strategic and impactful?

Open Temple’s Social Action Circle leads with curiosity asking “What is the intention and impact of this initiative?” This year, we explore the issue of homelessness in Venice: its root causes, the road to permanent housing, and how Open Temple could make a meaningful impact. Guided by Open Temple Co-Creators Brad Charna, Charlie Robinson, Denise Berger, and Nancy Perlman, we work in partnership with Safe Place for Youth, Venice Community Housing, St. Josephs Center, PATH and our local officials. We are non-partisan and lead with curiosity and love.

And because the need is great (and yes, impact feels great!), Open Temple partners with Grass Roots Neighbors, providing food and resources to the local working homeless in our community.

Take action now through the Purim Holiday’s tradition of “giving Tzedekah.” We are sponsoring a Purim Panty Drive to dignify the humans in our midst with undergarments. Visit our Panty Wish List on Amazon to make your purchase and it will be delivered to Open Temple House for distribution by our partners organizations.

Contact us and begin connecting Intention with Action.


“Sing unto God a new song.”
-Psalm 96

If God is already tired, as suggests the Psalm, of hearing the old song, all the more so will ordinary mortals be.
-Alcalay (20th c. Jewish lexicographer)

The Open Temple.
Sing a new Song.