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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).


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The Power of Relationship to Create Change: Organizing in the Framework of Our Faith Traditions

Please join Harvest Intercontinental Church and SEA Change Jewish Congregations for three impactful training sessions led by Action in Montgomery Organizers.

Session #1 Building Relationships: Sunday, October 2, 12:45–3:00 PM, includes lunch (RSVP here)

Join us as we build relationships within and across our faith communities.
•    In-Person at Harvest Intercontinental Church, 16227 Batchellor’s Forest Road, Olney MD
•    All are invited to worship at Sunday morning services beginning at 10:45 AM before the training

Session #2 Building Community: Thursday, October 13, 7:30–9:00 PM on Zoom (RSVP here)

Learn how the power of relationships and the message of the Sukkot holiday can help us bring our world closer to our vision of the world “as it should be.”

Session #3 Mobilizing Community: Thursday, October 27, 7:30–9:00 PM on Zoom (RSVP here)

Come away equipped with relational organizing tools you can use in a variety of settings, including with Action In Montgomery, Jews United for Justice, in your congregation, your book club, your neighborhood and more.

Participation in all three sessions is encouraged but not required. Note: you must register for each session separately.

JUFJ statewide events

Schmooze in the Sukkah with JUFJ
Sunday, October 16
1:00-3:00 PM
Columbia Jewish Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia MD

Join Jews United for Justice (JUFJ) for an in-person event at Columbia Jewish Congregation to celebrate Sukkot, build community, and talk about the upcoming state legislative session. Enjoy music, singing, and great snacks while you meet JUFJers from across the state and discuss what a more just Maryland could look like. This is JUFJ’s state kickoff event. We encourage everyone who’s interested to attend, whether you are joining JUFJ’s statewide work for the first time, or have been involved for  years. Register here

Maryland Organizing Kickoff: Agenda for Action
Wednesday, November 2
7:30-9:30 PM on Zoom

Jews United for Justice (JUFJ) is energized for the new Maryland legislative session, and at this kickoff meeting we will set our Agenda for Action. Learn about the issue areas that JUFJ organizes around, and what the JUFJ legislative priorities for the year will be. Take part in discussions about strategy and priorities, how we plan to take action, and how you can help make an impact. Everyone is welcome, whether you are a newcomer or a seasoned advocate. 
Register here.


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.

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.

Wed, October 5 2022 10 Tishrei 5783