During Chanukah, the Roundtable asked people to join us for a communal conversation on social media using #JewishPurpose. We wanted to bring together people who are engaged in Jewish life, people who are occasional participants, and people who watch from the sidelines. We wanted those who are social justice activists and those who are quiet sympathizers; those who bemoan the state of the world and haven’t figured out what to do about it; those who work in the community and those who don’t; and we definitely wanted and need people of every generation.
So many Roundtable organizations and individuals shared their own #JewishPurpose during the festival of lights! Check out a wonderful snippet of the pieces on social media here.
The conversation began in October as a response to the piece called "Strategic Directions for Jewish Life: A Call to Action" that was published in E Jewish Philanthropy. We felt it was missing something, so we added our perspective. In that letter we said that "As leaders of Jewish social justice initiatives, we see instead an incredibly exciting moment in Jewish life, in which Jews of all generations are experimenting with new modes of practice, diving into learning, creating new Jewish cultural expressions, and drawing on Jewish wisdom and our Jewish traditions to inspire engagement with the world... Pew reports that 56% of Jews say that being Jewish means working for justice. We take this statistic as an opportunity for the organized Jewish community to take on new powerful work for justice, with the involvement or leadership of our groups and our partners. This statistic is also a challenge to many in our ranks who are not doing justice work, or not doing it Jewishly, to act for justice in ways that are connected to the richness of Jewish tradition. "
Let's keep talking! What's your #JewishPurpose? What makes you work for social justice? How does being Jewish mean working for justice for you?