In the fall of 2019, I went to a Shabbat dinner and a friend pulled me aside to tell me about an opening at Detroit Jews for Justice and encouraged me to apply.
Who knew what a blessing the simple act of showing up for a community gathering had to offer me? DJJniks know.
Time and time again, the DJJ community has shown me what community means. Community means showing up and stepping in. Community means leading with your heart. It means consistency.
Whether it was coming to weekly Purim rehearsals, prep meetings for Zooms, training and co-working for end-of-year fundraising or doing the heavy lifting to produce a heart warming virtual Myra Wolfgang Awards; DJJ has shown me what a bonded community of leaders can accomplish.
Thank you DJJ! I leave with a heart full of joy and gratitude for a community that leaves me in awe of their power to enact change.
Next Friday, July 23rd will be my last day with Detroit Jews for Justice as the Organizer for Culture and Resources, but it won't be my last day as a member of the community.
This isn't so much a goodbye as a see you around!
I am moving over to one of DJJ's organizing partners and 2021 Myra Wolfgang Awards honoree Detroit Disability Power, as their new Communications Director. As much as I cherish the community of leaders, the staff and the culture of Detroit Jews for Justice, this is an opportunity for me to grow and contribute to a cause that is close to my heart. I hope to see many of you as we all continue the work of making Detroit a more just city for all. In the future, you can reach me at [email protected] or 248.961.2549.
If you'd like to come to an in-person goodbye party next Friday, July 23rd email Susannah at [email protected] for details!
Did I mention my birthday is July 25th? I'm not a big birthday person if you know me well, so it's a pretty big deal for me to call attention to it :) If you want to show just how much you love me and how much you'll miss me, consider showing that love with a donation to DJJ or become a monthly donor!
With my last fundraising push as DJJ's OCR, I say, "See you around!"