Temple Emanu-El, 1580 Spalding Drive, Sandy Springs, is taking action in the community and starting a dialogue on topics such as poverty, hate and addiction with a mini-conference called Social Action Local Action.

It’s free and open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct 22.

The event will include three panel discussions: hunger and poverty, led by Community Assistance Center CEO Tamara Carrera and Lauren Waits of the Atlanta Community Food Bank; hate and anti-Semitism, led by Lauren Menis of the Atlanta Initiative Against Anti-Semitism and Pastor Chianti Harris of the Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church; and addiction and mental illness, led by Alyza Berman Milrad of the Berman Center and Lucy Gainor-Hall of Mary Hall Freedom House.

Emanu-El Rabbi Spike Anderson said in his Yom Kippur sermon: “It’s our issues. It’s our responsibility. It’s our time to stand up.”

That’s what Temple Emanu-El is trying to do. The goal of the conference is to educate the community and inspire volunteerism and action. Sign up at bit.ly/2kDAWCx.