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.
Ongoing threats to women’s health and religious freedom in the form of two Florida ballot initiatives have made 2012 a critical election year. The National Council of Jewish Women South Florida Coalition, through its campaign to defeat Amendments 6 and 8, has been mobilizing hundreds of Jewish women across the state to educate voters through forums, events and a strategic ad campaign.
This is an excerpt from an article posted on Keshet’s blog on myjewishlearning.com. Go there to read the full piece.
Jews United for Justice and the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable were recently featured by Samantha Friedman in the Potomac Patch, focusing on JUFJ's Sukkot celebrations.
*This is the text of Stephen Lerner's remarks at his and Marilyn Sneiderman's 20th annual Yom Kippur Break Fast. Marilyn is Executive Director of AVODAH and Stephen is a long time labor and community organizer and architect of the Justice For Janitors campaign.
Sukkot starts on Sunday. It’s one of my favorite holidays: Sitting in a succah; the lulav and etrog; celebrating the harvest; feeling exposed to the world – in good ways; thinking about relationship to place – both locally, and in relation to Israel. Celebrating the change of season.
Jewish Community Action members attended the Twin Cities Pride Parade on June 17th, with other local Jewish organizations. Check out more pictures.
Members of Bend the Arc have undertaken a journey across the country to discuss progressive taxation with politicians and voters this election season. Seems like qutite an adventure Check out this article on JWeekly.com highlighting their work.
As part of the National Council of Jewish Women’s signature initiative Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote, NCJW is mobilizing Jewish women in Florida to educate their communities against frightening ballot initiatives that threaten religious liberty and women’s access to health care.
Current economic turmoil and threats of severe cuts to government programs have left America’s hungry – already at historically high numbers – with little hope of relief. Recent studies by a number of agencies and organizations highlight this disturbing trend: between 2007 and 2009, the number of households struggling with hunger increased more than 33%, with nearly one in four U.S. households with children unable to afford enough food.