Social Justice

The Aish Kodesh: Inflated Success and Positive Reinforcement

05/28/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Many child development books today encourage using only positive language with children. Instead of speaking with discouraging, critical, or punitive language, one should frame the direction in the positive. While there is clearly some benefit to this approach, when done incorrectly it may also further a next generation of inflated egos. There is already no lack of unearned "validation" in our culture. The authors of Switch explain:

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Social Justice: Uri L'Tzedek's Rabbi Ari Weiss

How do you create social advocacy? Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke
with Rabbi Ari Weiss Executive Director of Uri L'Tzdek about creating
discourse, inspiring leaders, and empowering the Jewish community
towards creating a more just world.

Nurturing Rabbis To Pursue Activism

Rabbis for Human Rights launches summer social-justice fellowship for diverse group of seminarians.
07/23/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Knocking on strangers’ doors is never easy. That’s especially true when the knocker, a young cantor, finds her Hebrew getting tangled up with her Spanish. Which in turn makes it harder to persuade public housing residents — already weary of theft in their hallways and police at their peepholes — to open up.

Elana Rosen-Brown, a Reform rabbinical student, is spending much of her summer knocking on doors in East Harlem,michael datikash

Heather Stoltz, Making social justice part of her art.

05/21/2012 - 20:00

Heather Stoltz, 33

Twitter: @HeatherStoltz
http://sewingstories.com

The cause of social justice had been ingrained in Heather Stoltz for so long that her first job out of college — as an engineer designing bakery machines that replaced human labor — caused a crisis of conscience.

Heather Stoltz

Rabbi Ari Weiss, Teaching Modern Orthodox community about social justice.

05/21/2012 - 20:00

Rabbi Ari Weiss, 32

Twitter: @AriWeiss, @uriltzedek
www.utzedek.org

During a lull in a local kosher restaurant’s schedule one day last year, Rabbi Ari Weiss, a frequent customer, approached the owner. Rabbi Weiss, executive director of the Uri L’Tzedek Orthodox social justice organization, suggested that the owner join Uri L’Tzedek’s Tav HaYosher “ethical seal” program.

Rabbi Ari Weiss

Social Justice Still Drives Jewish Agenda, Survey Notes

Liberal leanings seen having implications in campaign.
04/02/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In a just-released survey that is being seen as a “deep” vein of data about the values that animate Jewish life — and likely affect Jewish voting patterns — the Jewish community’s commitment to social justice reveals itself in sharp relief.

A new survey shows that American Jews feel social justice is more important to their identity than support for Israel.

The Forgotten Population: Domestic Workers in Our Homes

06/16/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Ever stop to ask the salary of the woman washing dishes on Shabbat in your neighbor's home, or the gentleman mowing your friend's lawn about his vacation, or the nanny raising the children down the block whether she had time to sit down for lunch today? If you did, you most likely discovered an unpleasant situation of inadequate pay, few or no breaks, no paid sick or vacation days and perhaps even bullying or verbal abuse. But how can it be? Those employers (neighbors) seem so nice, and their domestic workers always seem to be smiling and content.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Yeridat haDorot, The Descent of Man: Is Progress Possible in our Time?

06/09/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Will we ever end poverty, hunger and genocide? Is there hope that tomorrow will look brighter than today? The social justice movement is guided by a messianic vision that a world that is more just and free is possible. Can we, as Jews, embrace this promise of progress?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Finding a Reform Jewish Voice in New York State

06/08/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the best "greatest hits collection" of the Torah - The Book of Deuteronomy! (applause, applause) Am I right?

Rabbi Marci Bellows

Jewish Social Justice Groups Set to Merge

04/30/2011 - 20:00

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- Two Jewish social justice organizations -- The Progressive Jewish Alliance and Jewish Funds for Justice -- have decided to merge.

The groups will announce the merger officially May 26 at a fundraising gala, along with details about what the move will mean to each organization. The merger will take place later this year.

Leaders of both organizations say the move is a strategic outgrowth of their shared goals and highlights their belief that “achieving significant, sustained change requires close partnerships.”

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