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.

Marking the steps forward in movement for LGBT equality

November 21, 2012 | by Mae Singerman
Mazel Tov to all of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable organizations that made the grade in the Jewish Organization Equality Index. The JSJR orgs that got the highest score of "inclusion" were: American Jewish World Service AVODAH Jewish Council for Public Affairs Jews United for Justice JOIN for Justice National Council of Jewish Women New Israel Fund Rabbis for Human Rights Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
A group of Moishe Kavod House volunteers got together to phone bank for MassVote, a voter mobilization non-profit headed by Avi Green, an alum of JOIN for Justice's Jewish Organizing Fellowship

Jewish Young Adults Get Out the Vote in Boston

November 5, 2012 | by Aaron Gunning, Moishe Kavod House
Prior to the 2008 Elections there was a lot of public concern over the fact that young adults (people aged 18-30) were seemingly become progressively less connected to the political process. Study after study indicated that a general sense of civic apathy had descended upon the youth of America. 2008 however saw an upsurge in the participation of young people in electoral politics with record numbers of young people turning out to vote.

Where are America’s Poor?

November 1, 2012 | by Rabbi Steve Gutow, Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Have you noticed that a discussion of America’s poor has been conspicuously absent from the national policy debate? So has Rabbi Steve Gutow of JCPA. In his words... “We had our first presidential debate last week, which focused entirely on the economy, jobs, and entitlements. Yet missing from a conversation about a country in the wake of the worst recession in modern memory was any substantive discussion of those who have been suffering the most: the poor.