No two Seders are the same, for me this year's seders were unique for two reasons: Number one- Just days before passover, my brother Ilan's son was born, and I became an Uncle for the first time! While my parents were in Israel celebrating and attending the bris, I stayed in Detroit, connected by WhatsApp, and attended friends' seders. Which brings me to the second unique seder piece:
The 50th anniversary of the Detroit Rebellion. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the hosts of my first night's Seder, the Lerman-Sinkoff family, were planning to use the Detroit Jews For Justice '67 Passover Supplement even without my suggestion. I did bring extra copies of course. For me it was interesting to hear from individuals who lived through the moment - some had memories of the Merchandise Mart explosions, others memories of police reactions, and still others memories of not really understanding the depth of what was going on. Rooted in memories, we had an excellent discussion sharing our thoughts on oppression, violence, and uprising. I learned of the difference between tactical non-violence and moral non-violence, and heard great and passionate arguments for why seder participants believed that violence was either never a good solution or why it was often times the only possible solution. While we did not all agree, hearing the arguments play over the seder was interesting and new for the table for me. I'm glad to have been enriched by the conversation!
Sara Lerman Sinkoff, Ruth Lerman, and Mark Sinkoff, my excellent seder hosts.Read more
Check out this video of our Purim brunch and spiel! Filmed and edited by the incredible Natasha Tamate Weiss and featuring the talents of Corn Potato String Band and Devin Samuels. A big shout out to our gracious hosts at Ant Hall and to all our leaders who made this event so powerful and joyful. Click here to to see photos!
DJJ leader Rachel wrote the following supplement for our first-ever Passover event, "Let My People In" on April 15. Read it below!Read more
Urgent Action Alert: we've just heard from friends in Ohio that a community member is being threatened with deportation in DETROIT. Call ICE at 313-568-6049, refer to Maribel's A-Number: 088 922 375 and ask for Rebecca Adducci's office. Ask her office to Free Maribel Trujillo-Diaz NOW! #FreeMaribel Make the call, sign the petition. The AMOS Project #jewishresistance - may the Passover holiday strengthen our resolve.
Don't get us wrong, we've got a hell of a lot of work to do. But that's just it - WE do. Trumpism's onslaught is meant to exhaust us, a strategy that feeds on our sense of atomization. Don't take the bait! We should always push ourselves and each other to do more, but sometimes, as individuals and organizations, we have to say "dayeinu", and keep working to build a movement with capacity on all fronts.
A liberatory Passover to all!!!
Check out this Detroit Jewish News write up on our upcoming event "Let My People In: Refugee Voices and the Music of Daniel Kahn". You don't want to miss this evening - click here to buy your ticket today and share the FB event here!Read more
Each week of the Omer—the seven weeks between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot—is an opportunity to open your heart and mind for Revelation, and to engage in moral revolution by learning about work for social and economic justice happening across the U.S. today.Read more
DJJ leaders Jake Ehrlich and Zak Rosen developed a Passover Torah supplement inspired by the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion, with art by Julia Loman. Click here to sign up to receive an email download of the supplement to use at your seder.
Check back here in the coming weeks to learn more about DJJ's event series exploring the legacy of '67.
On April 4th DJJ gathered with water justice advocates at a reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" speech, commemorating the 49th anniversary of his assassination. The reading took place outside the 36th District Court downtown, where 9 activists have been tied up in a years-long trial for blocking Homrich trucks from shutting off water in 2014.
At right: Water warrior Monica Lewis-Patrick reads the closing of Dr. King's famous speech.
On Sunday, April 2nd, DJJ turned out for an Interfaith March for Justice planned by "Neighbors Building Bridges," a coalition of Christian, Muslim, and immigrants. DJJ leaders Allie Zeff and Gabe Slabosky were featured in an article in the Detroit News covering the event.
“When one group is under attack, we all are,” said Zeff, 25, of Hamtramck. “And these are our neighbors and members of our community.”
Read the full article here. Email Eleanor at email@example.com if you'd like to get involved with our work on immigrant, refugee and Muslim solidarity.