Our emphasis on Shabbat hospitality includes a deep commitment to a pluralistic society that honors and protects human rights. Rabbi Gartenberg is a member of T’ruah: Rabbis for Human Rights.
He has taken strong stands for preserving and improving the Affordable Care Act and is a fierce advocate for action on Climate Change. He participated in the March for Science. You can see his piece about that experience HERE
Israel is very central to Rabbi Gartenberg. He is a Zionist, but has been publicly critical of the Settlement enterprise early in his career to the present day. He is a member of the New Israel Fund and Stand With Us. He is a contributor to J-Street. His many years studying at the Hartman Institute and studying in Israel has provided him with an informed and nuanced view of the its security needs and the struggle to preserve its democratic character.
Rabbi Gartenberg is also a mental health advocate and is active in the National Alliance on Mental Illness-NAMI. He is a trained volunteer peer teacher for NAMI signature courses aimed to help family caregivers of loved ones living with mental illness. He is a teacher for the NAMI Family to Family class which is a joint program of the Jewish Family Service and NAMI Greater Seattle and will be teaching a class at JFS in fall 2017. Contact Rabbi Gartenberg directly if you are in this situation and are seeking support.
We will continue to build a strong slate of social action activities over the coming months and years.