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Posts Tagged ‘Rabbi Alana Alpert’

Rosh hashanah (jewish New Year holiday) concept. Traditional symbols.. Local rabbis share holiday message.

L’Shanah Tovah

The JN invited local rabbis to share a holiday message with the community. Turning & Returning This summer, for the first time in my life, I was arrested. I participated in the Poor People’s Campaign, six weeks of marches in Lansing and across America to bring attention to social and political issues. Thanks to the…

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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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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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Lansing, Michigan Capitol

Commentary: Risking Arrest

About four years ago, I was in my first week of training for my summer fellowship in community organizing. I was still learning the basics of what I would be doing that summer and getting to know my cohort when they took us to a protest at the Los Angeles airport. It was one of…

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Supporters of the Poor People’s Campaign.

DJJ at the Poor People’s Campaign

Praying With My Feet For the past two Mondays, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of joining the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) in Lansing as part of its “40 Days of Moral Action.” The PPC is committed to the lofty goals of ending the “four evils of racism, militarism, poverty and environmental devastation,” and recognizes…

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Chris Harrison, one of many Jews of Color

Jews Of Color

Converting to Judaism is the best decision I’ve made in my entire life. It has given me the chance to connect to my Jewish heritage that was unfortunately quelled due to American Christian hegemony. It has provided me with a path of righteous love, a rich and endless depth of wisdom and insight, and a…

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36 Under 36: Rabbi Alana Alpert

Rabbi Alana Alpert, 34, of Detroit is the rabbi at Congregation T’chiyah and director of Detroit Jews for Justice (DJJ). It’s a perfect fit. With her background in community organizing, she realized prior to beginning her rabbinic training that she wanted to combine her love for Judaism with her passion for social justice. Her mission is…

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