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Posts Tagged ‘Detroit Jews for Justice’

Chanukah Text and the Bravery to Act

Chanukah gives us a chance to explore the question of visibility. We are called to display the miracle, as Jews all over the world place chanukiot in our windows for eight nights. In these times of elevated vulnerability, with increased attention given to white supremacist ideas, and in the aftermath of the deep loss in…

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Illuminating Water Justice

By Rabbi Moshe Givental On Dec. 2, more than 70 young Jewish people and other concerned Detroiters gathered Downtown to shine the light of Chanukah on the struggles of Detroiters for access to affordable drinking water at “Illuminating Water Justice,” which took place following Menorah in the D. Rev. Roslyn Bouier of Brightmoor Connection Food…

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Illuminating Water Justice: A Chanukah Gathering in Detroit Dec. 2

From the JN Staff Detroit Jews for Justice leaders developed a social media campaign to tie the story of Chanukah to the struggle for water justice. Subscribe to receive daily emails throughout Chanukah, with educational content on local water issues and clear actions you can take to advocate for clean and affordable water. Also, join…

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Detroit’s Capitol Park Vigil

On Monday, Oct. 29, about 250 people of all ethnicities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, ages, shapes and sizes joined together at Detroit’s Capitol Park for a vigil honoring the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. The gathering began with a shivering huddle of people holding unlit candles and ended with a…

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Jewish Detroit Community Vigil For Pittsburgh

Tomorrow at 6 p.m., Hazon Detroit, The Well, Repair The World: Detroit, Detroit City Moishe House, Detroit Jews for Justice, the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, NEXTGen Detroit, the JCRC/AJC Detroit and the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit will host a vigil for the fallen victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue…

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Mary Ellen Gurewitz helped secure the right to straight-ticket voting in Michigan.

Landmark Court Case Win

Ruling means straight-ticket voting remains an option for Michiganders. Mary Ellen Gurewitz, a lawyer at the Detroit law firm of Sachs Waldman and Detroit Jews for Justice (DJJ) co-founder and steering committee member, recently won a historic case for voting rights in Michigan’s straight-ticket voting issue. Straight-ticket voting is a tool that allows a voter…

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Sour Grapes? Nah, Sour Pickles!

Louis Finkelman Contributing Writer Photos by Jerry Zolynsky Here’s how you can make your own at home in a flash. It feels uncanny. Put cucumbers in a jar. Cover them with clear salt water. Add a few spices. Wait a week or so, and you have delicious sour pickles in a tangy, cloudy green brine.…

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Metro Detroit Jews at a Poor People’s Campaign event PHOTO BY NINA CHACKER. Michigan PPC

Essay: Leading Michigan Poor People’s Campaign

Dozens of rabbis and lay leaders join together for social justice. This summer, interfaith clergy and lay leaders gathered to revitalize the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) through six acts of nonviolent civil disobedience paired with songful, impassioned rallies. Each weekly action in May and June focused on one of…

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Letters – July 19, 2018

There’s A Reason She Was Canceled The shoe is on the other foot for Lena Epstein (“Canceled,” July 5, 2018, page 17), and it’s not so comfortable judging from her reaction. People are turning on her not because she’s a Republican but because she’s a hypocrite of the worst kind. It has nothing to do…

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Commentary: Confronting Racism

On May 4-6, I and three other Detroit Jews of Justice leaders attended a “White People Confronting Racism” weekend training with Training for Change in Philadelphia. I arrived home surprised at how heartwarming a weekend confronting racism could be. The training ended with full hearts, affirmation and genuine love for one another. I left feeling…

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