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  • We Were Bold for Reproductive Justice: Rallying with the Be Bold Road Trip

    By Maya Paley

    August 15, 2014 | 12:46 pm

    This blog post was originally posted on the NCJW Insider Blog.

    I spent this past Saturday at the first stop of the All Above All Be Bold Road Trip, a national campaign to speak out for reproductive justice and bring attention to the need to guarantee abortion coverage for low...

  • My 10 years of freedom: From human trafficking victim to survivor and advocate

    June 9, 2014 | 10:22 am

    It has been 10 years since I have been free, flying like a bird! In the mid-1970s, at the age of 15, I was sold for $200 to a man who I supposed to be working for, which was not true. He was my trafficker. I was kept in his house for more than five years against my will.  During...

  • FED UP: the movie

    By Tera Greene

    May 29, 2014 | 11:38 pm

    #FEDUPMovie: It's time to rethink scary movies. It's time to get real about food.
    Sugar's got a hold on me, you, us... Aren't we FED UP yet?


    Sugar is an epidemic and it is killing us. Not slowly, but fast. From obesity (and childhood obesity), to diabetes to mood swings, Sugar is on a war path. And the food industry is in...

  • California: Stop Punishing Poor Families!

    By Maya Paley

    May 29, 2014 | 10:24 am

    Over one million children living in poverty in California rely on CalWORKS, the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program, for cash assistance each month. But California is one of 24 states that implemented a classist, prejudiced, and harmful policy in the...

  • Does it matter if Jews are in politics?

    By Jared Sichel

    April 4, 2014 | 12:47 pm

    Yesterday evening, I observed a panel of three local Jewish politicos at University Synagogue in Brentwood, which was hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. On the panel were Los Angeles city councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Ana Guerrero, mayor Eric Garcetti's chief...

  • English Language Social Order Magazine: Democracy and the Israeli Knesset

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 30, 2014 | 6:00 am

    In this edition of the Social Order Magazine, we take you to the drama that unfolded on the Knesset floor prior to the close of the winter legislative session. Bibi's coalition government brought 3 controversial bills in a package deal for votes. The bills, in the order they were...

  • State, Religion, and Women of the Wall- an Interview with MK Stav Shaffir

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 14, 2013 | 2:22 pm

    On March 11, first time MK (Member of the Knesset,) Stav Shaffir (27) from Ha'Avoda (labor) party, joined the Women of the Wall in prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. With threats from several Orthodox groups, and attempts for arrests by the police, they welcomed the new "Rosh...

  • Choose Life: The New Right to Life Movement

    By Aryeh Cohen

    May 7, 2013 | 7:16 pm

    Violence rests heavy in the mythological and religious womb of our civilization. The first murder happens just verses after Adam and Eve leave the Garden of Eden. According to legend, Cain was stunned after he struck and killed Abel, as death had not yet inhabited the world. He was...

  • AB 241: Human Dignity MUST Start at the Front Doorstep

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    May 2, 2013 | 2:52 pm

    I have had the wonderful opportunity of being a Jeremiah Fellow with Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice.  A major driving force of the organization is the mission to do Tikkun Olam, which is a Hebrew phrase that means "repairing the world."  I am proud of how Judaism...

  • Activisms of Love and Hate

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 20, 2013 | 9:35 pm

    Should we fight for justice with hearts full of love or hearts full of anger? Which is more rewarding? Which is more productive? Which must we cultivate as religious activists?

    Rav Soloveitchik argued (A Theory of Emotions, 183):

    Of course, love is a great and noble emotion,...

  • Judaism’s greatest lesson: Behavior matters most

    By Dennis Prager

    February 13, 2013 | 8:29 am

    If I were asked to identify the greatest Jewish teaching, the most important lesson to be learned from all of Judaism, I would argue that, aside from ethical monotheism, it is that behavior matters more than anything else, and certainly more than feelings.

    As the Talmud tells us,...

  • A Reflection on the Pursuit of G-d in Justice

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 12, 2013 | 5:45 pm

    “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with beings divine and human and have prevailed,” (Bereshit 32:29). Yaakov Avinu is blessed with a new name only once he has struggled both with G-d and humanity together. The Jewish people are named Israel only...

  • The Culture of Bullying: It’s Not Just Kids!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    June 25, 2012 | 11:30 pm

    ABC News reports that close to 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and around 160,000 kids stay home from school every day out of fear of being bullied. Up to 10 percent of students either drop out or transfer to another school due to bullying. In the...

  • Social issues keep Jews from supporting the GOP

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    April 17, 2012 | 2:45 pm

    In the midst of the never-ending debate about whether this will be the election that moves Jews to the right, an intriguing new poll is just out from the Public Religion

    Research Institute. Titled “Chosen for What? Jewish Values in 2012,” it found that 62 percent of Jews want to...

  • Israeli entrepreneurs are spending on social justice

    March 26, 2012 | 10:43 am

    Capitalism in pursuit of social justice.

    The notion is becoming more common in Israel as a new generation of entrepreneurs and innovators in the fields of high-tech, industry and real estate is delving into philanthropy.

    “The culture of venture capital and the start-up nation...

  • Is Prayer for Activists?

    March 22, 2012 | 11:23 am

    Our basic premise as activists is human responsibility. We, not someone else, must step up to create change in the world. To turn to others before ourselves is for cynics and critics not change makers. What about prayer? Is it a cop out? I would suggest that prayer offers us three...

  • Two rabbis join George Clooney in protest of Sudanese government

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 15, 2012 | 2:16 pm

    In the ceaseless work of repairing the world, George Clooney will rub shoulders with two activist rabbis, who will join him tomorrow at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington to protest the Sudanese government’s blockade of food and humanitarian aid to endangered citizens.

    The actor has...

  • Putting My Learning Into Practice: Tikkun Olam in Jerusalem

    November 23, 2011 | 1:11 pm

    We learned from the wee hours of the morning until late at night, but Torah study is incomplete without chessed, or acts of kindness. This was a lesson I learned while a student at Midreshet Harova, a Masa Israel-accredited seminary in the Old City of Jerusalem.

    Coming from LA,...

  • Sukkah or Sodom

    By Aryeh Cohen

    October 19, 2011 | 5:07 pm

    This past Sunday, I had the privilege and pleasure of teaching Torah on the streets of Los Angeles. Specifically on Spring Street between First and Temple, on the east side of City Hall, amongst the community of hundreds that calls itself Occupy LA. A coalition of several people with...

  • Israeli social justice protesters announce ‘nation’s strike’

    October 11, 2011 | 12:17 pm

    Social justice protesters in Israel say they will hold a nation’s strike at the end of the month.

    The strike announced late Monday night and set for Nov. 1, and mass rallies scheduled for Oct. 29, are being organized to express dissatisfaction with the report by the Trajtenberg...

  • Israeli social justice group gets Gruber prize

    October 6, 2011 | 11:54 am

    The Association for Civil Rights in Israel was awarded the 2011 Gruber Justice Prize.

    Libby Lenkinski Friedlander, director of international relations for the organization, will accept the prize, along with the representatives of four other social justice organizations, on Thursday...

  • Merged social justice group hires its first president

    October 5, 2011 | 2:12 pm

    Progressive Jewish Alliance & Jewish Funds for Justice has hired Alan van Capelle, the deputy comptroller for the City of New York, as its new president and CEO.

    The announcement was made Oct. 3; van Capelle will take his post in January.

    The organizations, which are focused on...

  • U.S. Jews sign petition backing Israel’s social justice movement

    September 6, 2011 | 10:42 am

    Nearly 4,000 American Jews have signed a petition from the New Israel Fund in support of Israel’s social justice movement.

    The petition was published Sept. 2 in the International Herald Tribune in advance of the movement’s major demonstration on Sept. 3, which brought out 400,000...

  • Hundreds of thousands of Israeli demonstrate for social justice

    September 4, 2011 | 4:41 pm

    More than 400,000 Israelis demonstrated in cities across the country under the banner of social justice in what some say was the largest protest in Israel’s history.

    A crowd estimated at 300,000 showed up in Tel Aviv Saturday night for what organizers had billed as a nationwide...

  • From the White House to our house: Why social justice matters

    August 10, 2011 | 10:48 am

    Two weeks ago, on July 29, 170 Jews from 16 states gathered at the White House. The reason: to make clear that growing an economy that works for all Americans is at the top of the Jewish communal agenda.

    The gathering included 12 of us from Progressive Jewish Alliance & Jewish...

  • Tisha B’Av Social Justice [VIDEO]

    August 8, 2011 | 12:54 pm

  • Bringing Joy to Families Touched by Pain: Volunteering with Terror Victims in Israel

    By Masa Israel Journey

    March 31, 2011 | 11:54 am

    by Chaya Cunin, participant in Masa Israel’s Machon Shoshanat Yerushalayim

    Throughout the world and in Israel, terror is a horrific reality. Fortunately, being in Israel this year on a Masa Israel program has presented me with many opportunities to think, speak and most...

  • Q & A with Daniel Sokatch -- building a better community

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 26, 2008 | 11:33 am

    Daniel Sokatch leaves Los Angeles this week to become CEO of the Jewish Community Federation in San Francisco after spending the last nine years transforming the start-up Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA) into one of the most recognizable progressive Jewish advocacy organizations in...
  • ‘Warrior for social justice’ Alan Solomont plays key role in Obama campaign

    By Claude R. Marx

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    If money is, as former California Treasurer Jesse Unruh said, the "mother's milk of politics," then Alan Solomont is one successful dairyman.

    Solomont, a longtime leader in Jewish philanthropic and national Democratic political circles, is one of the go-to men when big money is...
  • Seeking Holiness

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Oh, deep in my heart
    I do believe
    That we shall overcome, someday!

    Those lyrics, known for inspiring so many movements for justice and righteousness, are at the core of what I am thinking about these days. Is it truly possible to overcome?

    From what great wellspring did this...
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