Making Art for Sunday's Hanukkah Action

DJJniks gathered last night to make art out of recycled materials for Sunday's Hanukkah action: Illuminating Water Justice. 

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DJJ's Service Project with One Michigan

DJJ's service project to help One Michigan renovate their new office building as a space fully equipped for their organizational activities, planning for youth leaders, and a learning environment open to the children of metro Detroit was a success! 
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My First #GivingTuesday with DJJ

Ne’ilah here, filling in for Rabbi Alana while she futzes with the cloth diapers. It’s my first #GivingTuesday and I wanted to make sure I spent it in good company with all of you. 

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Class, the Jewish Community, and anti-Semitism

On Monday, October 29th, just a few days after the Pittsburgh massacre, I attended a conversation with other members of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable on Class, the Jewish Community, and anti-Semitism. 

Image source: Jews for Racial and Economic Justice Facebook

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Fall Update 2018

Dear friends,

T’chiyah, our amazing host synagogue, recently brought renowned eco-feminist, anti-war activist, and poet Marge Piercy to town for a poetry reading. One of my favorite Piercy excerpts is from “The Low Road”:

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Press coverage from the Pittsburgh vigil

Find links to press coverage of the Pittsburgh vigil below.

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Rabbi Alana and Imam Dawud Walid write Detroit News Op-Ed

Imam Dawud Walid and DJJ Executive Director Rabbi Alana Alpert wrote an op-ed in The Detroit News titled, "Intolerance lies below the surface in America." 

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The Water Team's Candidate Survey Project

43522953_10155023759097185_6845569075389661184_n.jpgThree leaders of the water justice team -- Barry Rubin, Rondi Brower, and Lori Lutz -- completed an awesome project in service of our work with People's Water Board Coalition, surveying candidates in the November election about their stances on water issues and providing a resource with the results. PWB has talked about this idea for the past couple years and we were so excited to help make it happen! 

At right: Rondi Brower, a leader of the candidate survey project and member of the DJJ water team, tabling with People's Water Board at a candidate forum, distributing survey info.

Now that we've seen the election results, this tool will help PWB find new allies and strengthen relationships in the Michigan legislature; and we saw that the project significantly informed the candidates about water issues as well. We got a huge positive response from PWB and we're excited to learn from our experience and repeat this survey process for future elections. You can find the questions we asked and the tabulated results below!

 

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Welcome to our new Steering Committee!

steering2.jpgIn October, we welcomed a new Steering Committee! Barry Rubin, Emma Wine, Marni Falk, and Allie Zeff joined the team and incumbent Susannah Goodman will stay on Steering for another term. Other members include Syma Echeandia and Mary Ellen Gurewitz, standing representatives of our host congregation and fiscal sponsor Congregation T'chiyah. We express our deepest appreciation for the members of the team who are moving on - fundraising chair Lori Lutz, workers rights liaison Hannah Miller, long-time leader Oren Brandvain, and Andy Levin, who we are excited will be busy as a new member of US Congress! They served two incredible years on Steering Committee and their contributions were enormous in the growth of DJJ as a new organization. The new Steering Committee convened for their first meeting last month to hear from the old members, and are preparing for a full-day annual retreat in 2019. We are so excited about this talented team and its next chapter in steering DJJ. Check out the bios of the team below!

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Rabbi Alana and Rev. Wylie-Kellerman's joint Rosh Hashanah sermon published

Rabbi Alana and Rev. Wylie-Kellerman's joint Rosh Hashanah sermon at Congregation T'chiyah was published in Tikkun. Rabbi Alana spoke about what our tradition brings to our activism. The Reverend spoke about his decision to fight for water justice through civil disobedience and go to trial. 

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