JOIN for Justice http://www.joinforjustice.org Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:36:01 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Siyyum Adbook Thank You http://www.joinforjustice.org/uncategorized/thankyousiyyum/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thankyousiyyum http://www.joinforjustice.org/uncategorized/thankyousiyyum/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:18:38 +0000 Christy http://www.joinforjustice.org/?p=3243 Thank you so much for supporting JOIN for Justice and our amazing Fellows. We are so grateful. We hope to see you at the Siyyum on June 23! Please be in touch with Christy Pardew with any questions about your … Read More

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Thank you so much for supporting JOIN for Justice and our amazing Fellows. We are so grateful. We hope to see you at the Siyyum on June 23!

Please be in touch with Christy Pardew with any questions about your ad.

Enjoy photos from our 2013 Siyyum:

All photos by Jordyn Rozensky Photography

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Siyyum 2014 Program Book http://www.joinforjustice.org/fellowship/siyyum/siyyum-program-book/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=siyyum-program-book http://www.joinforjustice.org/fellowship/siyyum/siyyum-program-book/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:48:14 +0000 Christy http://www.joinforjustice.org/?p=3241 Thank you so much for supporting JOIN for Justice and our graduating Jewish Organizing Fellows by offering your blessings and congratulations in our 2014 Siyyum Program Book. See below for information on ad sizes and donation levels. Please mark your … Read More

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Thank you so much for supporting JOIN for Justice and our graduating Jewish Organizing Fellows by offering your blessings and congratulations in our 2014 Siyyum Program Book. See below for information on ad sizes and donation levels. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us in Boston for Siyyum on Monday, June 23!

Photo of graduates at 2013 Siyyum
Siyyum 2014 Program Book Ad Size Options:

  • Name Listing
  • Message up to 25 Words
  • Message up to 50 Words
  • Business Card: 3.5 x 2″
  • Quarter Page: 2.25 x 3.75″
  • Half Page: 4.5 x 3.75″
  • Full Page: 4.5 x 8″

Siyyum Adbook Donation

Your Email Address :

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If you are sending your name list or a message, please email JOIN’s Communications Coordinator, Christy Pardew, with your name or message after you’ve made your donation.

If you are placing a larger ad, please send images to Christy once you’ve made your donation. We prefer image files electronically as JPGs, GIFs or PDFs but can work with other formats, including hard copies. Please be in touch with any questions. We are happy to help you with your artwork.

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JOINing in to Raise Up Massachusetts http://www.joinforjustice.org/our-news/joining-in-to-raise-up-massachusetts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=joining-in-to-raise-up-massachusetts http://www.joinforjustice.org/our-news/joining-in-to-raise-up-massachusetts/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:20:12 +0000 Helen Bennett http://www.joinforjustice.org/?p=3177 JOIN fellows, alumni and staff braved chilly winds to Raise Up Massachusetts at the State House this morning! Over 400 workers, clergy, parents and organizers crowded the State House steps and met with legislators to call for a raise in the Massachusetts … Read More

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JOIN fellows, alumni and staff braved chilly winds to Raise Up Massachusetts at the State House this morning! Over 400 workers, clergy, parents and organizers crowded the State House steps and met with legislators to call for a raise in the Massachusetts minimum wage — one that includes a hike for tipped workers and that would increase with the cost of living.
Visit raiseupma.org/minwage today to contact your legislator and ask them to the right thing for working people across Massachusetts. JOIN us!

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Pictured above are JOIN fellows and alumni Rachie Lewis, Jake McIntosh, Shaina Kasper, Rose Levy, Julie Aronowitz, Dan Lesser and Erica Rothschild. JOIN Director Karla Van Praag attended, along with new staffers Stacy Cotter and Christy Pardew. Other JOIN fellows and alumni were present as well.
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How I Came to Community Organizing: A Testimonial http://www.joinforjustice.org/uncategorized/how-i-came-to-community-organizing-testimony/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-i-came-to-community-organizing-testimony http://www.joinforjustice.org/uncategorized/how-i-came-to-community-organizing-testimony/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:14:41 +0000 Helen Bennett http://www.joinforjustice.org/?p=3170 This article was originally posted by the Rabbinical Assembly on Mar 24, 2014 By Wayne Franklin, Temple Emanu-El, Providence, Rhode Island All I knew about Community Organizing was what I read in Barack Obama’s book, Dreams From My Father. At … Read More

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This article was originally posted by the Rabbinical Assembly on Mar 24, 2014

Wayne Franklin

By Wayne Franklin, Temple Emanu-El, Providence, Rhode Island

All I knew about Community Organizing was what I read in Barack Obama’s book, Dreams From My Father. At least until Elan Babchuck came to be my partner in the rabbinate at Temple Emanu-El in Providence. Elan often spoke about his work in organizing, and when I asked him for an explanation as to what it means and how it works, he routinely responded, “We are organizing a conference at JTS to train colleagues in the discipline; come to the training.” After more than a year of anticipating the conference, I did attend the program at the end of October, 2013.

RA’s JOIN for Justice Conference
In the meantime, our congregation had begun considering a new approach to engaging members in funding the synagogue. Instead of a dues assessment being levied by the Board of Directors, the leadership was contemplating a voluntary commitment model that would sustain the Temple’s needs. To introduce this new concept, we decided to hold an extensive series of parlor meetings in the congregation, so that one of the clergy and one of the officers could explain the new approach and solicit support. We talked about developing a slide presentation which would show the Temple’s financial needs, the sources of income and the current demographics. As that effort was moving along haltingly, Elan and I went to New York for the October JOIN Conference. There, I learned about “One to Ones” and “House Meetings.” I realized that the House Meeting approach, which would engage people in telling their personal stories, is what we needed to include in the meetings we were planning. It occurred to me that this approach could help us orient members toward positive engagements that they had with the synagogue; with people thinking positively, I hoped we could enlist them in the effort to voluntarily sustain the congregation in the future, in a significant way.

Asking the Right Questions
With my newfound discovery, I mentioned my idea to Elan and then sat down to lunch with our trainer, Jeannie Appleman, to discuss details. Jeannie helped me think through some questions we might pose. When we returned home, Elan and I spent time determining just what we wanted to result from the questions and what we needed to ask in order to lead people in a constructive direction, so that the meetings would not degenerate into complaint sessions about the synagogue. Negativity would not produce the results we wanted. Together, we fine-tuned the questions we wanted to ask and then crafted a complete outline for the parlor meetings, with roles for the clergy and roles for the lay leaders. We presented this outline to the Membership Committee and Officers for their consideration and approval. We have used these outlines successfully in every one of our meetings.

House Meetings Back at Home
Our hopes have been more than met. Each house meeting we have conducted has evoked glowing memories of peak moments in members’ lives in their relationship to the Temple. We have also heard constructive criticism, which is fine. But the outpouring of meaningful moments, from births, to Bar/ Bat Mitzvah celebrations, to weddings, to hospital visits, to funerals, teaching moments and more, have been gratifying for those of us who have been involved in these moments, and they have been inspiring to other members, who didn’t know about those feelings or experiences which their fellow members had enjoyed. To add to the success of this approach, several members have asked us to hold more such sessions, because they found that getting to know other members in a deeper way than they had previously was itself an uplifting moment within the Temple environment. People have appreciated that these meetings have been so different from attending a service or listening to a program, because these house meetings have enabled members to get to know one another and make connections which they found enriching. We don’t need any further encouragement!

New Tools for Rabbis
At one of our meetings, an astute member noted that what we are doing is engaging in fundraising! I acknowledged that she was right.  And with that, all of us in the synagogue’s leadership commit ourselves to continuing this process of engagement, connecting each other to one another, and to the congregation and its future. People crave positive relationships, and they value our efforts to cultivate and promote these connections within our community. The RA’s Community Organizing program has already produced important results in Providence. I feel that I have acquired a new skill in my rabbinic toolbox, which I will use again and again, thanks to my colleague, Elan, and the other younger RA members and the JOIN for Justice trainers who have introduced this skill to me and the rest of us who continue to learn and grow in our work.

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Kosher For Passover Fair Trade Chocolate. Because We Were Slaves In Egypt. http://www.joinforjustice.org/uncategorized/kosher-for-passover-fair-trade-chocolate-because-we-were-slaves-in-egypt/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kosher-for-passover-fair-trade-chocolate-because-we-were-slaves-in-egypt http://www.joinforjustice.org/uncategorized/kosher-for-passover-fair-trade-chocolate-because-we-were-slaves-in-egypt/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:16:17 +0000 Helen Bennett http://www.joinforjustice.org/?p=3157 This article was originally posted in the Sun Sentinel on March 17th, 2014. Jews give out apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah for a sweet new year. On Purim, members of Congregation Shaarei Kodesh in Boca Raton will give each other, family and … Read More

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This article was originally posted in the Sun Sentinel on March 17th, 2014.

Jews give out apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah for a sweet new year.

On Purim, members of Congregation Shaarei Kodesh in Boca Raton will give each other, family and friends fair trade chocolate.

It’s to conform to values and laws from the Bible and the Torah, Rabbi David Baum said.

“There are ethics and laws regarding our food and our consumption [of food],” he said. “Fair trade brings us closer to our food because we know who is growing it, that they are treated fairly.” Fair treatment of workers is a big part of the Torah, Baum added.

The custom of mishloach manot, sending treats to one another on Purim, comes from the Book of Esther and is a commandment on Purim, the rabbi said.

Synagogue members used to give treats like cupcakes and hamantaschen, he said. “This is the first time we’re including a more educational and ethical aspect.”

The idea for using fair trade food came from the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, whose meeting Baum attended in Baltimore last year, shortly before Hanukkah. He was one of four rabbis representing the Rabbinical Assembly, the international association of Conservative/Masorti Rabbis at the program.

In a sermon following his return, Baum suggested giving fair trade chocolate Hanukkah gelt. “Fair trade gelt was tremendous,” he said. “It wasn’t that much more expensive.”

The Purim treats will come in flower pots as part of a “seeds of change” theme. Each of the more than 200 pots will have a sticker that reads “With every deed you are sewing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.” and contain a packet of flower seeds, a fair trade chocolate bar and hamantaschen.

Shaarei Kodesh has given mishloach manot for seven years and it has come in buckets or reusable bags containing “traditional noshes” like granola bars, chocolate, popcorn, hamantaschen and a bottle of water, said Heidi Aronson, the synagogue’s co-president.

Giving fair trade chocolate is “very exciting and very important,” said co-president Any Pessah. “We don’t much know the source of our food.” But with fair trade chocolate, “We have a sense of the area it comes from and the partners associated with the co-op.”

Buying fair trade food is about helping others receive a fair wage and about helping the environment, Pessah added. “It’s tikkun olam [repairing the world] in its purest form. It makes the chocolate taste sweeter when you’re eating it.”

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Sara Luria is building a Mikveh http://www.joinforjustice.org/our-news/sara-luria-is-building-a-mikveh/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sara-luria-is-building-a-mikveh http://www.joinforjustice.org/our-news/sara-luria-is-building-a-mikveh/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:37:11 +0000 Helen Bennett http://www.joinforjustice.org/?p=3137 JOIN alum, Sara Luria,  is building a community mikveh or ritual bath house in New York City “designed so that it meets Jewish people in their lived experience… It’s another Jewish home for people … any transition can be set … Read More

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JOIN alum, Sara Luria,  is building a community mikveh or ritual bath house in New York City “designed so that it meets Jewish people in their lived experience… It’s another Jewish home for people … any transition can be set in a Jewish frame at our mikveh.” Sara is using her skills as a rabbi and as an organizer to create this community project.

Read more about ImmerseNYC: A Commuity Mikveh Project.

Read more about Sara’s project in her words on the Mayyim Hayyim blog.

Read more about Sara’s project in the Jewish Week.

 

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City of Philadelphia to Raise Minimum Wage for Airport Concessions Workers http://www.joinforjustice.org/our-news/city-of-philadelphia-to-raise-minimum-wage-for-airport-concessions-workers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=city-of-philadelphia-to-raise-minimum-wage-for-airport-concessions-workers http://www.joinforjustice.org/our-news/city-of-philadelphia-to-raise-minimum-wage-for-airport-concessions-workers/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:18:37 +0000 Helen Bennett http://www.joinforjustice.org/?p=3131 In Philadelphia, POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild) recently won increases in wages for approximately 1500 food and retail workers at Philadelphia International Airport.  Due to POWER and local union’s campaigns for economic justice at the airport, the … Read More

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In Philadelphia, POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild) recently won increases in wages for approximately 1500 food and retail workers at Philadelphia International Airport.  Due to POWER and local union’s campaigns for economic justice at the airport, the City has agreed to require all concessioners to pay $10.88/hr up from an average of $8/hr – meaning $6.4 million more for working Philadelphians per year.  POWER is a faithbased community organizing group affiliated with the PICO Network and the Campaign for Working Families.  Cecily Harwitt is a community organizer with POWER and Rabbi Lauren Grabelle-Hermman and Liz Manlin are active leaders. Click here to read POWER’s Press Release. 

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Youth Jobs Rally Turns Out Over 1,000 Teens http://www.joinforjustice.org/our-news/youth-jobs-rally-turns-out-over-1000-teens/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=youth-jobs-rally-turns-out-over-1000-teens http://www.joinforjustice.org/our-news/youth-jobs-rally-turns-out-over-1000-teens/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:34:54 +0000 Helen Bennett http://www.joinforjustice.org/?p=3117 Dylan Lazerow and Dan Gelbtuch organized with the Youth Jobs Coalition, a statewide advocacy group, and brought together 1,000+ teens to march on the statehouse for youth jobs funding on Thursday, February 20, 2014. The action received over 50 local … Read More

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Dylan Lazerow and Dan Gelbtuch organized with the Youth Jobs Coalition, a statewide advocacy group, and brought together 1,000+ teens to march on the statehouse for youth jobs funding on Thursday, February 20, 2014. The action received over 50 local and national press hits as far as Alaska and Texas in addition to stories in the Boston Globe, in the Boston Herald, on WBUR, Univision, NECN and on Fox 25.  Eight additional JOIN alumni and current fellows turned out to support the teens.

Shout out to 15-year-old organizer for the Youth Jobs Coalition, Angela Ojimba, who represents for the Youth Jobs Coalition on Live TV: Click here to see video.

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Building community with JOIN for Justice http://www.joinforjustice.org/uncategorized/building-community-with-join-for-justice/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=building-community-with-join-for-justice http://www.joinforjustice.org/uncategorized/building-community-with-join-for-justice/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:46:47 +0000 Helen Bennett http://www.joinforjustice.org/?p=3106 By Rabbi Adam Baldachin Having recently graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary, working as a pulpit rabbi comes with its challenges. I find myself often doing things I had previously only seen mentors do or even just heard about or … Read More

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By Rabbi Adam Baldachin

Having recently graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary, working as a pulpit rabbi comes with its challenges. I find myself often doing things I had previously only seen mentors do or even just heard about or imagined myself doing. Since the summer, I have developed and ran community programs, offered performance reviews to employees, organized a task force to develop a new initiative, and utilized the passionate visions of the membership.
Despite my lack of experience, it is my skills as a community organizer which have been utilized in almost every part of the job. As a rabbinical student, I participated in a seminary leadership course with JOIN for Justice, taught by Meir Lakein. Among other skills I learned, I developed the ability to lead a community by focusing on the development of people and how to help my community develop a common mission and act on it.
One of the challenges I have experienced in implementing some of my ideas as an organizer is finding the time and venue to teach the organizing skills to my lay leaders. Having advocates and leaders of an organizing initiative makes it much easier to accomplish. Luckily, JOIN recently paired up with SYNERGY, and UJA- Federation of NY and co-presented alongside Dr. Ron Wolfson, author of Relational Judaism and leaders from local synagogues to share strategies for building strong communities that prioritize interpersonal connections over transactional interactions.
These trainings took place on Sunday and Monday, February 23-24, 2014 in three different venues, including in Westchester, at Beth El Synagogue Center, on Long Island at Mid-Island Y JCC, and in Manhattan at UJA-Federation. Dr. Wolfson first led a discussion about transforming our synagogues into relational and welcoming communities. We shared and were inspired by ideas to show our congregants we care and shared best practices for how to engage participants in a relevant and meaningful way that draws on their skills and passions.
From there, we were took part in a training led by Jeannie Appleman, the Seminary Leadership Project Founder and Trainer. Jeannie told her story, explaining how she entered into the world of organizing and where her passions lay. She then taught us the benefits of organizing a community and how to lead a parlor meeting.
We then broke into individual groups, each meeting with about eight participants, comprised of a facilitator, a note taker, and time keeper, and shared with one another a time when we took a risk. Even without knowing each other beforehand, the members of the group opened up to each other about difficult moments they faced and the choices they made which greatly impacted the journeys of their lives.
The personal stories transformed our group from a class on how to run a parlor meeting to a powerful experience of sharing who we are in a deep way and empowering us to recreate the experience elsewhere. Each participant left the training prepared to bring the passion and the rules of implementation to their communities. As a facilitator, I was thrilled to help to create a meaningful dialogue with new friends, and I left, my own passions rekindled to connect with my congregants on a deeper level and to inspire those conversations between all members of my community.

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