Solomon Medintz

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published Solomon's Goodbye Blog in Blog 2024-06-11 15:56:37 -0400

Solomon's Goodbye Blog

After a year and three-quarters, my time on staff at DJJ is coming to a close. I leave with so much gratitude for the relationships I’ve built and experiences I’ve had in this role, and a deep sense that the projects I have worked on for almost two years are only getting harder. 

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3x5 Things to Know About the Water Affordability Legislation

Our very own Rondi Brower created this helpful cheat sheet for understanding the current Water Affordability legislation. Check it out!

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published Cast Reflections from DJJ Purim 2024! in Blog 2024-04-15 11:11:54 -0400

Cast Reflections from DJJ Purim 2024!

On March 23rd, 2024 DJJ leaders performed an original Purim Spiel, re-interpreting the Book of Esther in the context of housing crises in Detroit and Israel/Palestine. The spiel imagines how Mordechai and Esther's lives would have unfolded had they been forced to leave Shushan, and fled to the lands that hold the greatest number of Jews today: Israel and the United States. You can watch the spiel, and some of our local housing partners talk about their work here. Here are some of the character's reflections: 

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DJJ-niks voice opposition to billionaire tax subsidies for Future of Health

On Thursday, February 8th, the Detroit Planning and Economic Development Committee held hearings on the Future of Health proposal. Some of our members attended the hearing, but did not get a chance to make public comment due to the hearings' length and other obligations. As such, we are posting their testimonies here. 


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A definitive ranking of DJJ's 2023 accomplishments

2023 was an incredible year for DJJ. We organized, celebrated, mourned, strategized….and many more cool verbs. But the question that has been flooding my inbox over the last week: what was best? Just kidding, literally no one has asked me this, but rankings are fun, so here are the five best things DJJ did in 2023.

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Michigan Rabbis Call on the Michigan Legislature to Pass Driver’s Licenses for All

To the Michigan Legislature:

Undocumented Michiganders deserve dignity and security—one critical step to making that a reality is to restore driver’s licenses for all. Over the last seven years, undocumented Michiganders and their allies have gotten the Drive SAFE bills introduced five times, but the bills have never passed. That wait cannot continue. We, the undersigned Michigan Rabbis, call on the Michigan Legislature to pass the Drive SAFE bills in this legislative session. 

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2023 Myra Wolfgang Award Host Committee


Ro'eh - Visionary

Patti Aaron

Harriet and Alvin Saperstein

Macher - Mover and Shaker

Lori Lutz and Greg Gamalski

Roslyn Schindler

Susannah Goodman and Aaron Mondry

Tzadik - Righteous One

Adina Lopatin

Mary Freeman and Andy Levin

Ozer - Helper

 Beth and Barry Goldstein

Justin Sledge, Alana, Gregg, Merrill, Sarra, Aaren, Adina Alpert, and Micah Shapiro 

Janet McAuliffe

Linda and Jim Kohlenberg

Amud - Pillar

 Rabbi Ariana Silverman

Wendy & Elliot Wagenheim

Steve and Miriam Wolock

Andy Nickelhoff and Jo Rosen

Dan Korobkin

Erica Peresman and David Jaffe

Reverend Edwin Roe

Caryn Noveck

Daniel Perlmutter

Victoria Kohl

Andrea and Rob Teitel

Audrey Sasson, Executive Director of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice 

Hayley Sakwa, DJJ Board Chair

Daryl Toby

Alice Audie-Figueroa and David Hecker

Stuart Batterman and Gloria Mason

Marcia and Martin Baum

Michigan Welfare Rights Organization

Thanks to our generous sponsors!




With gratitude,
Detroit Jews for Justice Staff: Allie Zeff, Eleanor Gamalski, and Solomon Medintz

2023 Myra Wolfgang Awards Planning Committee: Ammara Ansari, Hannah Berger, Jocelyn Cohen, Levi Teitel, Lisa Tencer, and Ronit Wagman 

We are delighted to invite you to join them and become a member of our Host Committee to make it a success. Host Committee members also have the opportunity to join our speakers and honorees for an intimate reception at 6:30pm ahead of our scheduled programming. Here’s how Host Committee members will be able to support our exciting event and ongoing work:

  1. Purchase a ticket at one of the host levels on behalf of yourself, or an organization;
  2. Invite your colleagues, friends, and neighbors to purchase tickets at a guest or host level. (See next page for more information.)

We hope that your generous investment sparks or maintains a long and satisfying journey of annual support of our work.

Our staff is ready to answer your questions at (847) 990-0207.

Sponsor Level

Gift of…




$5,400 or more

  • Ten (5) Wolfgang Awards tickets, Acknowledgment from the stage at event

  • Full page in color in printed program with prominent placement (inside or back cover)

  • Original work of art by a local artist


Mover & Shaker


  • Four (4) Wolfgang Awards tickets

  • Full page in printed program

  • Original work of art by a local artist


Righteous One


  • Four (4) tickets to Wolfgang Awards 2023

  • Half page in printed program




  • Three (3) tickets to Wolfgang Awards 2023

  • Third of a page in printed program




  • Three (3) tickets to Wolfgang Awards 2023

  • Quarter of a page in printed program

Join our Host Committee! (All host committee members will receive an invitation to a private reception with the honorees before the start of the event.)

You all demonstrate what it means to invest in a Jewish left capable of fighting for collective liberation. Thank you for believing and investing in our work here in metro Detroit!

If you have any questions, please contact Allie Zeff at [email protected] or (847) 990-0207.

DJJ Leaders Watch Premier of 'Whose Water' Documentary

Last Saturday, the People's Water Board Coalition hosted the premiere of Kate Levy's recent film, 'Whose Water', at the Wayne County Community College NW Campus.

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Six Local Grassroots Progressive Jewish Groups on Biden Administration National Strategy on Antisemitism

Jews For Racial & Economic Justice, Jewish Community Action, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Detroit Jews for Justice, and Carolina Jews for Justice released the following statement in response to the Biden Administration's historic announcement of a national strategy to combat antisemitism:

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donated 2024-02-15 13:39:38 -0500

2024 Purim Tickets

Thank you for visiting the DJJ Purim 2024 donation page! While there is no required fee to attend, your contribution helps us make this event a reality.

$0-36 sliding scale tickets! 




published Allie's Birthday Speech in Blog 2022-12-30 09:31:31 -0500

Allie's Birthday Speech

This shabbos, I have a lot to celebrate!

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donated 2022-12-19 09:31:09 -0500

Help us DJJ- Do Justice Jewishly!

To buy your Purim 2024 tickets, please click here!

To become a monthly donor to DJJ, please click here!

Donate online here or send a check addressed to "Detroit Jews for Justice" to the following address:

Detroit Jews for Justice

440 Burroughs, Suite 625

Detroit, MI



DJJ is building Jewish political communities we can be proud of—communities based on local and intergenerational relationships, that practice solidarity with all oppressed people, and that embody the world we want to live in. We are building Jewish spaces that center the young, queer, non-white, and disabled among us, spaces that people won’t run away from. We are following the lead of movements of other marginalized groups, and building deep coalitions that will protect each other from the far-right. But in order to do all of this well, we need resources.

DJJ relies on its extended community for a substantial portion of our budget because we need to, but also because it reflects DJJ's commitment to letting our volunteer leaders guide the organization.  If you value the work of local, progressive, Jewish political organizing, donate today to celebrate a breakthrough 2022!

Thank you so much for your generous gift! Your support makes this work possible.

If you would like to become a monthly sustaining donor to DJJ, please click here

published Michigan Voices Joint Fundraiser in Blog 2022-12-16 11:25:18 -0500

Michigan Voices Joint Fundraiser

Here is a copy of the joint fundraising email we sent out yesterday, in partnership with Michigan Voices:


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published CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES, COME ON! in Blog 2022-11-11 16:07:23 -0500


Here is the mass email we sent out the day after Election day: 

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published Public Transport Source Sheet in Blog 2022-11-02 11:08:43 -0400

Public Transport Source Sheet

Public Transportation: A Jewish Value

Source Sheet by Rabbi David Polsky and Detroit Jews for Justice; Translations adapted from Sefaria

To access a printable version, click here

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Introducing DJJ's Inaugural Board of Trustees!

We are so thrilled to announce the formation of DJJ's first Board of Trustees! 

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published Susannah's Goodbye in Blog 2022-10-19 14:55:07 -0400

Susannah's Goodbye

Shalom chaverim! My time as a DJJ staff member has come to a close. It was just one chapter in a long-term story of commitment to the cause of pulling the Jewish community to the left while building Jewish community within the justice movements of our time.

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published Welcome Solomon Medintz to the DJJ Staff! in Blog 2022-10-06 14:09:09 -0400

Welcome Solomon Medintz to the DJJ Staff!

Hiya DJJ Fam! My name is Solomon (he/him), and I am straight up elated to be DJJ’s new Organizer for Fundraising and Communications.

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