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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 an excerpt from an article posted on Keshet’s blog on myjewishlearning.com. Go there to read the full piece.
*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.