The Latest from From our Staff

Grieving and standing together

“The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved.” (Jeremiah 8:20) We are in grief, mourning with others across the country along with the Pittsburgh Tree of Life community. We grieve the loss of 11 precious … Read More

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Siyyum Graduation Opening Remarks by Executive Director, Karla Van Praag

On June 20th, our ten 2015-2016 Jewish Organizing Fellows graduated at our annual Siyyum Graduation. Below is Karla Van Praag’s (Executive Director, JOIN for Justice) opening remarks.  We are in the home stretch in a season of graduations. So, because imitation … Read More

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Finding flint in Flint

This post is by JOIN for Justice Executive Director Karla Van Praag. By now we’ve all heard the horrific story about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the massive government mismanagement, the lead-poisoned children and the systemic environmental injustice of … Read More

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A late-night argument with my husband about hope

A message from our Executive Director, Karla Van Praag. It was late Sunday night, after all the kids were finally asleep and the school lunches had been made. It was that moment you look forward all day, the moment you … Read More

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Lessons for Rosh Hashannah From My 6-Year-Old’s Swimming Lessons

A Rosh Hashannah greeting from our Executive Director, Karla Van Praag.   Remember the breaststroke? Glide. Pull. Kick. Breathe. My six-year-old daughter learned it this summer. Well, sort of. She’s got all of the components down, but she keeps taking … Read More

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