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Spirit, History, and Community: Reflections on the JOIN Fellowship

This blog post is written by Jewish Organizing Fellow Danny Blinderman.   In 1963 Joachim Prinz, a Rabbi and President of the American Jewish Congress, addressed the March on Washington. He spoke, in his words, both as an American and … 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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With my eyes I can take everything from you: Rededicating ourselves to seeing Black lives

This piece by rabbinical student Josh Weisman was originally published on State of Formation. Chanukah is a festival of lights, which makes it an opportunity to reflect on what we see and how we see it. The rituals of Chanukah … Read More

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The Leopard In Our Sanctuary: a Yom Kippur Sermon from Rabbi Jonah Pesner

Rabbi Jonah Pesner, a JOIN for Justice board member and the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, delivered this sermon at Temple Israel on Yom Kippur in 2004. The words remain a powerful and timely call to … 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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