Celebrating Project Micah

The Roots of Detroit Jews for Justice

In 2013, Congregation T’chiyah launched Project Micah, a campaign designed to raise funds to hire a Rabbi-Community Organizer.  Believing that social justice was fundamental to its roots in Reconstructionist Judaism and to its future growth  and development, the congregation envisioned hiring a leader who shared its central commitment to the Jewish ethic of social justice and its active pursuit.  With the success of the Project Micah fundraising campaign, the Congregation engaged in a national search to fill the unique dual position of rabbi and organizer.  Coincidentally, a unique newly ordained Rabbi, Alana Alpert, was searching the country for a community interested in further exploring the deep connection between Jewish faith and activism.  Baruch ha-shem, Congregation T’chiyah found its leader and Rabbi Alpert found her community.

Detroit Jews for Justice represents the realization of Project Micah; DJJ would not have been possible without the Project Micah visionaries and generous major supporters to whom we say “todah rabah”:

Rodef Shalom / Seekers of Peace ($10,000 ­- 19,999)

Roslyn Schindler

Marty & Marcia Baum

Harold & Mary Ellen Gurewitz

Sander Levin

Tzadik / Righteous Ones ($5,000 ­- 9,999)

Mandell & Madeleine Berman

Raina Ernstoff & Sandy Hansell

United Steelworkers District 2

Prophetic Voices ($2,500 -­ 4,999)



Sylvia Baum

Cynthia Estrada Charitable Fund

Barbara Goldman

Michal & Jeff Ram

Sid & Mariette Simon



Sages ($1,500 -­ 2,499)

Hon. Avern & Lois Cohn

Syma & Lou Echeandia

Mary Freeman & Andy Levin

Hon. Charles Levin & Hon. Helene White

Dan Levin

Jane & Richard Miller

Rhoda B. Stamell


Champions of Justice ($1,000 -­ 1,499)

Beau Boulter

Bob & Molly Freeman

Ari Kresch

Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters

Harriet & Al Saperstein

Taubman Foundation

UAW­ Chrysler National Training Center

UAW International


Repairers of the World ($500 ­- 999)


Mark Bernstein and Rachel Bendit

James E. Lieber

Hon. James Blanchard

Mimi & Charles Lieber

Buck Dinner

Rolland & Fay O’Hare

Gerald Cook

David & Andrea Page

Harriet Tubman Center

Hon. Chellie Pingree & Donald Sussman

Arthur & Gina Horwitz

Tom Robins & Bonnie Kay

Joshua & Debra Levin

Jack & Aviva Robinson

Marsha & Mark Goldsmith Kamin

SEIU Michigan

Eric Kramer

Miriam & Steve Wolock

International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers



Pillars of Community ($360 ­- 499)

Christine Doby

Mark Gaffney & Trisha Stein

Rabbi Steve Gutow

Doreen Hermelin

Hon. Carl & Barbara Levin

Hannan & Lisa Lis

Lana & Henry Pollack

Shiffman Foundation

David Victor


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