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Social Justice

In synagogue life, we all hear a lot about tikkun olam, “repairing the world,” but if you really want to fix things you need to roll up sleeves, listen, learn, and work for real change.  

Together with Washington Hebrew Congregation we have spent the last year studying and engaging through our SEA Change program. Now, as we move on to Action, the B’nai Israel and Washington Hebrew Congregations’ SEA Change Coalition is partnering with two local organizations – AIM (Action in Montgomery) and JUFJ (Jews United for Justice).

Another great opportunity to get involved with local social justice work is with Jews United for Justice (JUFJ), a local grassroots group drawing on Jewish values to work towards social, racial, and economic justice. 

upcoming AIM actions

Save the Dates – Candidate Forums

  • May 24 at 7:00 PM, here at B’nai Israel! Hosted by SEA Change Coalition of B’nai Israel and Washington Hebrew. Click here for more information.
  • June 1 at 7:00 PM, Harvest Intercontinental Church in Olney.
  • June 9 at 7:00 PM, Sligo Seventh Day Adventist Church, Takoma Park.

Affordable Housing at the Chevy Chase Library
Right now, there is an opportunity to build affordable housing on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase, a part of the county that is desperately lacking this resource. The current Chevy Chase library is in major need of repairs such that it likely needs to be torn down and a new structure built. The County Council is considering a mixed-use project with affordable housing built above the new library and they need to hear from YOU in support of this important project. Click here for more information.


Get Involved with Local Issues
What local issues are important to you? Join one of JUFJ’s Montgomery County team meetings to learn more about current advocacy efforts. All are welcome! You can find information about upcoming meetings here.
Learn What’s At Stake in the Primaries
The primary elections have been moved back to July. These elections are critical at the local level. Want to learn more about how they affect life in Montgomery County? JUFJ presented this program to SEA Change last month; we hope to schedule it again soon. Interested? Fill out a form here (we don’t expect you to host the program) and we will let you know when we schedule it!

Questions about AIM? Contact Jaime Matyas.

Questions about JUFJ ? Contact Deedee Jacobsohn.

Questions about SEA Change and other ways to get involved? Contact Marla Schulman.

Sun, May 22 2022 21 Iyyar 5782