Tisha b'Av

Like all Jewish Holydays, Tisha b'Av's potency is not in some event that happened a long time ago and in a land far away. It is in highlighting something that is (in this case, painfully) part of the human experience and happening in the present time.

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"What's Jewish About Justice?"

At a DJJ Leaders Picnic last month, Organizing Team Co-Chair Hannah proposed a breakout discussion with the prompt "What's Jewish about Justice?" If you're wondering the same thing, we've included some stellar insights from our conversation here!

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Artists Speak to Why “Water is Life”

On Thursday, July 14, an event at the Arab American National Museum of Dearborn educating about water injustice in Detroit boasted a full house. In “Artists Speak: Water is Life,” local artists and activists presented their work and participated in a panel discussion moderated by Martina Guzman about water as a basic but often denied human right, sharing stories, visual art, poetry, and research. 

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An Evening with Joy Ladin

Dr. Joy Ladin's return to Yeshiva University as a woman - after receiving tenure as a man - made her the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. Detroit Jews for Justice partnered with Wayne State University’s Judaic Studies Center to bring Joy Ladin to Ferndale’s Local Kitchen on June 16th, 2016. 

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JFREJ Statement: A Week of Tragedy and Anger

We wanted to share and echo this thoughtful statement from our friends at Jews for Racial and Economic Justice in NYC. We join them in mourning the tragic events of the past week - and all the lives lost to racialized violence every year.

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Rabbi Alana Schmoozing with Carl Levin at "Pursuing Justice"

Rabbi Alana had the delight of sitting down with former Michigan Senator Carl Levin for a fireside chat at the opening ceremony of "Pursuing Justice 2016", Bend the Arc's first national conference!

Sadly missing from the video is the rabbi asking Carl Levin about Detroit Jewish geography (their shared connection to Central High School through her grandma) and their one degree of separation through DJJ'nik Andy Levin (Carl's nephew!)

Check out the lovely conversation - full of laughs and Detroit love - here!

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Hayley on Experiencing "Pursuing Justice 2016"

As you may have read from previous blog posts, Detroit Jews for Justice rolled A DOZEN DEEP (!!) to the first-of-its-kind Bend the Arc national conference "Pursuing Justice", where 500 Jewish people from all walks of life came together to examine and fight for the progressive values that are so rooted in our Jewish identities. 

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Hayley and Hannah at the Pursuing Justice closing ceremony

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Rabbi Alana at the SEIU Convention!

That one time that Rabbi Alana blessed 3000 union members....

In May, she gave the opening invocation at the Service Employees International Union convention at Cobo Hall! She was so honored to represent justice-seeking Jews and show our support for the labor movement.

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The Wheels on the Bus

This post is by 8th grader Avery Long - reflecting on DJJ's Bus Tour with Rich Feldman on Sunday May 15th!

I was invited on DJJ's Boggs Bus Tour by a friend and classmate of mine – we both attend The Roeper School. When I arrived, I was welcomed with open arms by Rabbi Alana. We had an opportunity for written reflection about the “story of Detroit” we were bringing with us to the tour, and we met our tour guide Rich Feldman – a long time leader in Detroit's movements for social change and a close friend of Grace Lee Boggs.

The six places we stopped were each places I'd never known existed, and they became the backdrop for Rich Feldman's vivid description of a whole host of philosophical and practical implications for Detroit's current moment. We stopped at The Packard Plant, The Poletown Plant, The Hope District, The Heidelburg, Earthworks, and C.A.N Art Landworks. At each sight, Rich facilitated a discussion with us (we mostly stayed on the bus because IT WAS COLD).

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DJJ @ Bend the Arc!

A dozen DJJ leaders are in our nation's capitol with over 400 other Jewish activists for "Pursuing Justice", the first National Conference of Bend the Arc: a Jewish Partnership for Justice.

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A special shout-out to Lori Lutz for putting a ton of loving work into organizing the participation of this awesome cadre.

We're excited to be spending 3 days learning, building relationships, and making our voice heard in Washington -- and we're looking forward to bringing our experience back home!

 

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