This month, Rabbis for Human Rights-North America (RHR-NA) recognizes Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels of Beth Shir Shalom in Santa Monica as its Human Rights Rabbi of the Month.
He was nominated by one of his congregants for “his passionate expression of Judaism and his strong sense of social justice to the Beth Shir Shalom pulpit,” according to a press release.
Beyond being a Rabbinic Chaver of RHR-NA, Comess-Daniels is active with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, Americans for Peace Now and the Abrahamic Faiths Peacemaking Initiative. Comess-Daniels has been involved in coalition efforts to create the first agreement in the U.S. to unionize car wash workers, securing them improvements ranging from wage increases to health benefits. In addition, he was honored with the Islamic Center of Southern California’s Peace Award.