Winter Update 2019

Dear friend,

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)

RSVP here

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

On the blog

Hellos and a 'See You Soon'

Welcoming Our New Purim Producer!

Eleanor's Goodbye

Why I'm Here - Welcoming Dan Klein

My First #GivingTuesday with DJJ

On Hanukkah

...A miracle has happened here

Hanukkah Text and the Bravery to Act

The 9th Night of Hanukkah

Hanukkah Water Zine

Making Art for Sunday’s Hanukkah Action

DJJ In Action

Rabbi Alana's Remarks at the Women's March Michigan

Detroit Demands a Green New Deal

Class, the Jewish Community, and anti-Semitism

DJJ’s Service Project with One Michigan

Myra Wolfgang Awards

Speaking Out Against Lame Duck

Coming Together for DJJ’s December Orientation

On the bookshelf

On Water & Environmental justice

Water Is The New Gold: Monica Lewis Patrick on the water crisis  

Beyond The Water: Lead Exposure In Michigan's Children

The Green New Deal Must Put Utilities Under Public Control

On the Women’s March

We Jewish Women Must Show Up At The Women’s March

JFREJ Joins #JWOCMarching

On Enacting Change

A Brief Guide to Making a Better Tomorrow

Ursula Le Guin's intro to The Left Hand of Darkness

In the News

“Illuminating Water Justice” Featured in Detroit Jewish News


Y’shkoyach* to Our Comrades…

*y’shkoyach, short for yasher koach means “more power to you!”

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