Leader Lori Lutz wrote an incredible op ed for the Jewish News connecting the water main break in the suburbs to a larger regional crisis, including water shutoffs in Detroit. Read an excerpt below and check out the full article here. Learn more about how to support our water work and fight for state-level policy solutions at www.detroitjewsforjustice.org/water.
As a white, college-educated (without debt), employed Bloomfield Township resident, I enjoy: hosting sleepovers for my daughters and their friends; knowing that even if we lose power or water, the municipality will make the necessary repairs; not having to choose between paying the water bill or the electric bill this month and knowing that if I inadvertently skip a bill, I can call the utility company and ask to have any penalty waived and even if they don’t, that I have the means to pay it; and knowing that arriving late at work (as I did last week) won’t jeopardize my job. What to me seemed like a temporary inconvenience averted last week is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to so many families in Detroit (and Flint)--having to figure out how to make it through the day without the certainty of accessible and affordable water.Read more
Dana, Eleanor, & Marni attended the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative's House Gala last week. Marni reflects on the stunning evening.
Original, handmade art by DJJ leader Allie Zeff
I often say that Detroit Jews for Justice provided me another chance at Jewish community, but it’s even deeper: DJJ revolutionized my understanding of Judaism. Along with scores of Metro Detroit Jews, I’ve discovered deep alignment between living a Jewish life and working for an equitable world. That was made possible by donors like you.Read more
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DJJ community organizer Eleanor Gamalski was interviewed in a recent article by Model D contributor Imani Mixon entitled "Reconnecting With Their Roots: The Past, Present, and Future of Jewish Life in the North End." Read an excerpt of Eleanor's comments below and check out the rest of the fascinating article here - including thoughts from our friend Roger Robinson of Red Door Digital - a frequent meeting space of DJJ.Read more
Grounding, Guilt-Free Gelt, & Goats: DJJ Staff's Experiences at the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Network Assembly
That feeling when you meet your Jewish social justice movement role models...
DJJ staff attended the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Network Assembly at Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center last week.Read more
Have you seen Jews for Racial & Economic Justice’s (JFREJ) amazing learning resources about antisemitism?Read more
Freedom House, for those of you that haven't heard of it, is an incredible organization in Detroit that provides safe housing for asylum seekers from across the globe.Read more
Next week it will be almost a month since the Women's Convention took place at COBO in Detroit.Read more
We got some awesome coverage from Detroit Jewish News contributor Bobbie Lewis about our water justice panel and forum in partnership with Temple Kol Ami on October 23rd. The panel featured CEO of We the People of Detroit Monica Lewis-Patrick, Dr. Paul Von Oeyen of People's Water Board, community activist Nicole Hill, and State Representative Stephanie Chang. Check out an excerpt from the article below and read the rest here.Read more