I went off script when I represented DJJ at the Women’s March in Detroit. I looked out at the beautiful, diverse, passionate and hopeful mass, and I felt a clear need for us to connect with each other. I called on the crowd to say to their neighbors:
I’m gonna keep building beloved community with you.
I’m gonna keep building messy movements with you.
I’m gonna keep showing up for you.
I’m gonna keep holding you accountable -- with love.
When our movements splinter, white supremacy and patriarchy benefit. We are deeply grateful for the visionary Jewish Women of Color who called our community in and pointed us forward. Watch their brilliant leadership shine in this video.
Detroit Jews for Justice is here to make sure that, in our small corner of the world, Jews remain an essential partner in coalitions that strive for our shared thriving. Thank you for making it possible.
On the horizon
February General Meeting
Tuesday, February 19th, 6PM - 8PM
Mondry Building (15000 W. 10 Mile Rd, Oak Park)
Schmoozing and snacks 6:00-6:30pm. The meeting will start promptly at 6:30 and go until 8:00.
4th Annual Purim Extravaganza
Tuesday, March 19th, 5PM - 7PM
Ant Hall (2320 Caniff, Hamtramck)
Open to the public and free due to the generosity of donors and the creativity of fabulous volunteer leaders. Get a taste for what this event is like by viewing a video of 2017’s shenanigans. The family-friendly evening will feature a satirical spiel that applies the ancient Purim story to contemporary justice issues, a costume contest, and a bloody mary & mimosa bar.
Save the Date: Tax Foreclosure Session at Limmud Michigan
Sunday, March 31st, 1:45PM - 2:45PM
West Bloomfield JCC (6600 W Maple Rd, West Bloomfield Township)
DJJ housing justice liaison Gabe Slabosky and Lauren Fine, DJJ's Jewish Communal Leadership Program intern, will be leading a session on Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosure at Limmud Michigan. Their session is at 1:45, but Limmud goes all day with a wide variety of Jewish education opportunities. Registration opens 2/21. Learn more at limmudmichigan.org
On the blog
Hellos and a 'See You Soon'
DJJ In Action
On the bookshelf
On Water & Environmental justice
On the Women’s March
On Enacting Change
In the News
Y’shkoyach* to Our Comrades…
- Solidarity-Detroit chapter for raising $1000 for Siwatu-Salama Ra (give online here!)
- Detroit Justice Center for being chosen as one of 8 organizations in the Detroit Lions’ new social justice initiative
- The renewal of Avodah’s transformational Speak Torah to Power series
- Eleanor Gamalski for her 3 years on staff with DJJ!
- Repair the World Detroit on a jam-packed weekend full of service during MLK weekend!
*y’shkoyach, short for yasher koach means “more power to you!”