Social Justice

A social justice Passover in Washington

Passover being a holiday marking affliction and freedom, it wouldn't be complete without Washington seders focusing on economic and social justice issues.

On Wednesday, the Jewish Funds for Justice and the Progressive Jewish Alliance will hold a “Food and Social Justice Seder” at the Department of Agriculture in downtown Washington, hosted by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Congressional resolution honoring the Religious Action Center

 Yesterday Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) today introduced a House resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism (RAC).

Another Kosher Scandal: What's at Stake

03/23/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Yes, once again kosher is not yosher (just)!

Pickles used to be my favorite snack, but now I can't help but think of the workers in a pickle at Flaum Appetizing before taking a bite.

Just a few years ago, Flaum, which also produces Sonny & Joe's and distributes Tnuva and Bodek products, fired seventeen Latino workers who stood up against over a decade of abusive treatment and unlawfully-withheld benefits and overtime pay.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Thank you, Glenn Beck, for Clarifying my Job Description

02/28/2011 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

It's not often that I want to give thanks to Glenn Beck. But, recently, he really made my life a lot easier. Truly, I'm so glad that Glenn Beck has helped me figure out who I am as a Reform Rabbi.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

The Budget Battle's Victims

02/16/2011 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Though the coming battle over the 2012 budget will be waged across line items on spread sheets and political talking points, those most affected will be real people with real problems. 

Above it all looms the ballooning deficit and a new Congress replete with members from both sides who campaigned on cutting spending and lowering the budget. In such an atmosphere, the decisions facing the President are not easy ones: how to make the investments in our future and protect those suffering because of poverty and the recession while not contributing to the deficit.

Queens College Hillel Social Justice Group Takes on Labor Violations

01/11/2011 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Two years ago, during my freshman year at Queens College, I found my passion for Jewish social justice when I started a Challah for Hunger chapter on campus, an organization that raises money and awareness for hunger and disaster relief through the production and sale of challah bread.

Weekly, a group of students gather to knead and braid dough and discuss social justice issues. The next day, the fresh bread is sold to Jews and non-Jews alike to benefit both Darfur relief efforts and local hunger initiatives.

Dasi Fruchter

Nancy Kaufman to NCJW, and why I like this organization

JTA's  Ron Kampeas has a nice profile of Nancy Kaufman, who'll take the reins at the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) in January, and it reminded me why I like this organization.

Nancy Kaufman Going National with Model Twinning Social Justice and Israel

12/14/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- With the prospect for the first American universal health care plan apparently dimming in Massachusetts because the three outsize personalities vital to its passage -- the state's governor, its House speaker and its Senate president -- could not agree on the details, Nancy Kaufman came to the rescue.

As tax battle looms, Jewish groups dive for cover

This is just so predictable, it makes me want to scream.

Congressional Republicans and the Obama administration will go head to head next month in what could be their biggest battle. The issue: whether or not to let Bush-era tax cuts expire in the face of incomprehensibly large deficts and an economy that has not yet recovered from the Great Recession.

And a slew of Jewish groups with a big stake in the debate will be struck mute.

Speak Truth to Power

07/15/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

"Speak truth to power!" "Power is corrupt!" These popular mantras have fueled rhetorical wars among the classes for generations and are still voiced by many activists today. The disdain for power long predates the Marxists and the counter-culture activists; it enters the discourse of the early Rabbis in the Mishnah: "Love work, hate holding power, and do not seek to become intimate with the authorities," (Pirke Avot 1:10).

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz
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