“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.”
–Elie Wiesel z”l
Our social justice groups plan and implement engaging programs to educate, advocate and act in pursuit of a better and more just world.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue boasts three social justice task forces, which are overseen by Rabbi Samantha Natov and were created after the 2016 election to address issues of: anti-Semitism, domestic civil liberties and immigration and refugees.
And our Social Action Committee, which has been active for decades, offers a variety of programs.
Rabbi Samantha Natov grew up in Dundas, Ontario. She holds a bachelor’s from McGill University and a master’s in musicology and ethnomusicology from the University of Virginia. Following her time as a cantorial soloist in Toronto, Rabbi Natov came to New York to earn her degree in sacred music from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. After working as a cantor at congregations in New Jersey and Brooklyn, she decided to become a rabbi. Rabbi Natov was ordained by HUC-JIR in 2015 and joined Stephen Wise Free Synagogue a few months later in July 2015.
As associate rabbi at Stephen Wise, she oversees the congregation’s adult education programming and social justice work.