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Tisha B’Av–An Annual Pause to Stop Sinat Hinam–Baseless Hatred

by Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement at AVODAH, and alumna of the JOIN’s Seminary Leadership Project. This article was originally posted on AVODAH: Jewish Voices Pursuing Peace. Is there such a thing as sinat hinam –baseless … Read More

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An Alternative Graduation Speech: Karla Van Praag’s Siyyum Remarks

These remarks were delivered by JOIN for Justice Executive Director, Karla Van Praag, at the 15th Annual Siyyum/Graduation on June 24th, 2013. In this past week’s New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell tells the story of economist Albert O. Hirschman who embraced … Read More

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Questions

Rabbi David Jaffe is the Mashgiach Ruchani/Spiritual Advisor at Gann Academy in Waltham and the Dean of the Kirva Institute.  He teaches in the JOIN for Justice Organizing Fellowship and is working on a book about the inner life and … Read More

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To Reclaim Politics

Rabbi Noah Farkas delivered this high holiday sermon at Valley Beth Shalom. When the French aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville came to America in 1831 to investigate the American prison system, he instead discovered the inner workings of American democracy.  Coming from … Read More

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The Value of Relationships as Power: Supporting Organizers and Building Movements

This post originally appeared on Repair Labs. Relationship-building is one of the most important items in a community organizer’s toolbox. Power, for an organizer, is built not though domination, but through fostering relational trust amongst an ever-growing pool of committed and … Read More

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