Temple Israel invites people of all faiths to an inspirational Shabbat Tzedek, a Sabbath of Justice, to celebrate the values of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year, TI welcomes Congresswoman-Elect Ayanna Pressley.
Congresswoman-Elect Ayanna Pressley is an advocate, policy-maker, activist, and survivor. Raised in Chicago as the only child of an activist mother who instilled in her the value of civic participation, Pressley understands the role that government can play in helping to lift up our communities. After leaving Boston University to help support her mother, she worked for 14 years as a senior aide to Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II and later Senator John Kerry. In 2009, she won the election to the Boston City Council, marking the first time a woman of color was elected to the Council in its 100-year history. On the Council, Pressley has worked in partnership with residents, advocates, and other elected leaders to address the challenges facing our communities. She led the establishment of the Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities; championed the introduction of a comprehensive sexual health curriculum in Boston Public Schools; convened the first “listening-only” hearing in the Council’s history, focused on gun violence and trauma; and successfully pushed for the creation of new liquor licenses that spurred economic development in previously underserved communities, among much other work. On November 6, 2018, Pressley was elected to represent Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District in Congress; she is first woman of color to represent Massachusetts in Congress.