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Immigration returns to communal agenda

February 14, 2013 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
The Jewish Social Justice Roundtable is mentioned in an article in the New Jersey Jewish News yesterday highlighting the work of Jewish organizations bringing immigration reform back into the Jewish communal spotlight. After years of the issue taking a back seat to the economy and health care,  immigration is back on the front burner. 

Learning about our member organizations

February 14, 2013 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
Have you heard the term “Jewish social justice” but aren’t quite sure what it is or what the groups that are part of our network do? Check out this document which features each organization, it’s logo and one accomplishment from the past few months.  

Bend the Arc prioritizes common sense immigration reform

February 13, 2013 | by Alan van Capelle, CEO of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
President Obama addressed many crucial issues during last night’s State of the Union address.

Schmooze with the Roundtable for State of Union Address

February 5, 2013 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
Will you be watching the State of the Union Address on February 12th?If so, use the Twitter hashtag #SOTUSchmooze to connect with progressive Jews from around the country who are also watching the speech. Tweet your best analysis, thoughtful commentary and meme-worthy jokes as President Obama lays out his plan for the next year. Spread the word to staff at your organization, members and friends!Tweet right and you could live in infamy.

Poll reveals Jewish views on immigrants and immigration

February 5, 2013 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
Results of a Public Religion Research Institute poll completed in March 2012 entitled “Jewish Values Survey 2012” has become relevant again as Jewish organizations amp up their engagement in the campaign to create a just immigration process. The survey sheds light on Jewish views of immigration. PRRI found that a solid majority of American Jews (57%) believe that the growing number of newcomers from other countries strengthen American society. However, the details are a bit more complicated.

This week in immigration reform

January 31, 2013 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
With both the President and members of Congress apparently raring to go on immigration, the Jewish community, long-time advocates for citizenship and the media took note.  Essential Reading:

Jewish groups weigh in on immigration debate

January 31, 2013 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
Upon the heels of President Obama’s immigration reform speech yesterday, Jewish organizations from across the political spectrum have expressed solid support of immigration reform and quickly.
Bend the Arc Jewish Action Director Hadar Susskind, Rabbi Esther Lederman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block, who serves as Senior Director of Leadership Initiatives and Rabbi-in-Residence at Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, Rabbi Elizabeth Richman, and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), gather December 20, 2012, on Capitol Hill, to urge Congress to ensure that the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share of taxes to protect the most vulnerable

Bend the Arc, interfaith groups rally for a just tax system

December 20, 2012 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
This morning an interfaith group of religious leaders, including Rabbi Esther Lederman of Temple Micah, Sister Simone Campbell, Imam Makhdoom Zia of the Mustafa Center, and Bishop Don Williams of Bread for the World, along with Members of Congress Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rosa DeLauro and Keith Ellison, gathered to together ride a bus to the Hill to lobby Congressmen to protect the most vulnerable Americans.

Marriage Equality Reflects Our "Highest Values"

December 12, 2012 | by Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator
Jewish Social Justice Roundtable members have been leaders in the faith community fighting for marriage equality for years, even as many faith traditions remained silent or actively opposed equality.

We Won! The Story of One Jewish Community Organizer

December 5, 2012 | by Sarah Brammer-Shlay, Community Organizer at Jews United for Justice in Washington, DC and AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps Member
Like many children, brave leaders who stood on the right side of history have always been an inspiration to me. My first grade research project was on Harriet Tubman, my mother was an officer in the National Organization for Women during the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment and nothing fascinated me more than the Civil Rights movement.

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