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James Mackler on Principles & Values

 

 


Change broken system with Jewish tradition "Tikkun Olam"

Across Tennessee, people ask how one person can change a broken system. It's a tall task, and I find the answer in my faith.

The most important voice in my life is my wife, Rabbi Shana Goldstein Mackler. She often cites the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam, a Hebrew phrase meaning repair the world. "The fact that you cannot change everything doesn't absolve you of an obligation to try," she'll say.

It's my duty, and my mission, to try.

Source: The Tennessean OpEd on 2020 Tennessee Senate race , Mar 16, 2019

Wife is a rabbi at Congregation Ohabai Sholom

James' wife, Rabbi Shana Goldstein Mackler, has been serving as a Rabbi at The Temple, Congregation Ohabai Sholom, in Nashville, since her ordination at the Hebrew Union College (HUC) in Cincinnati in June 2004. In 2016, Rabbi Mackler was named one of America's 32 Most Inspiring Rabbis by Forward Magazine.

Together the Macklers are a power couple, if you will, at the convergence of religion and politics, working to help Tennessee, and the LGBT community, reach a better state.

In 2017, James resigned from his job and ran for U.S. Senate because he saw politics in Washington hurting Tennesseans. But, in December of 2017, Mackler stepped aside to support Governor Phil Bredesen.

Since withdrawing from the race, James has returned to practicing law, but he has also founded a political action committee (PAC) known as Believe in Service, an appropriate name for someone who believes in raising the issue of national service.

Source: Out & About Nashville on 2018 Tennessee Senate race , Jun 7, 2018

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