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B’nai Israel is a proud SEA Change Congregation. 
SEA Change means Study, Engage, Act, Change. B’nai Israel and Washington Hebrew Congregations in partnership with JOIN for Justice organized the first SEA Change cohort. The goal was to engage in meaningful conversations and critical education to become change agents addressing racial inequity in our congregational communities and in the broader community. Today, there are 10 SEA Change congregations across the DMV addressing racial equity issues based on our shared Jewish values.

As we move on to Action, SEA Change Congregations are partnering with three local organizations – AIM (Action in Montgomery) and JUFJ (Jews United for Justice), and IPL (Interfaith Power & Light).


B’nai Israel & Social Justice – All-Hands Meeting!
Monday, March 11
7:00-8:30 PM
In-Person at B'nai Israel
Have you attended an Action in Montgomery (AIM) event or supported a Jews United for Justice (JUFJ) activity? Were you a SEA Change participant? Did you sign up for the BI Social Justice email list? Or are you just interested in learning more about social justice work at B’nai Israel?

Please join us as we explore how to build on our past successes to address a range of social justice issues in our community. We will strengthen our commitment to Jewish values, look at the history of organizing in our community, review B’nai Israel’s recent social justice work and continue to build relationships with one another.

Interested? RSVP here. Questions? Contact Mona.

P.S. You can read about B’nai Israel’s commitment to social justice in this recent Washington Jewish Week article:

More Upcoming Events and Meetings in February

Planning Meeting: Scotland Juneteenth Heritage Festival
Monday, February 26
7:00 PM
B’nai Israel Congregation
Please click here to register, or if you can’t make it but want to let us know that you’re still interested in helping out on the committee.

JUFJ: Take Action for Youth Justice in Maryland
Sunday, February 18
2:00–4:00 PM
Am Kolel, 1729 Wilmart St., Rockville
Recent legislative advances in juvenile justice are at risk. Bills have been submitted in the state legislature to roll back protections for children won through the Child Interrogation Protection Act and the Juvenile Justice Act. Join us for a presentation on these issues by Stephanie Joseph, a Maryland Public Defender, and an opportunity to take action together. RSVP here

JUFJ: Fair Share for Maryland—Working Group Meeting
Tuesday, February 20
6:30–8:30 PM
Zoom Event
Join our working group as we work to pass the Fair Share for Maryland Plan so corporations and the wealthiest pay their fair share of taxes. RSVP here for call-in instructions.

AIM Climate Justice Day in Annapolis
Wednesday, February 21
9:30 AM
Join with AIM to share with our elected officials the impact of NOx, methane, and other chemicals in our homes and on our health as well as the need for affordable housing. All will be meeting at 9 am on the second floor at Asbury United Methodist Church, 87 West St., Annapolis. It is recommended that you park at the John Whitmore Parking Garage. Please use the back entrance on Larkin St. Please keep in mind that this action will require 2–3 miles of walking. You need to bring a photo ID to get into the legislature building. Register here

From Selma to Saint Mark and Scotland
Sunday, February 25
3:00 PM
Saint Mark Presbyterian, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville
The historic relationship of Saint Mark Presbyterian and Scotland AME ZION church will be the topic of a panel discussion moderated by Lesli Foster, channel USA9. Four panelists, some with first-hand knowledge of the events of that time, will discuss How the Civil Rights Movement Shaped a Congregation and Saved A Community. See the attached flyer for more details.

SEA Change 2.0: New Training Opportunity with JOIN For Justice
Tuesday, February 27
7:00 PM
House meetings (small group conversations that can happen anywhere) are one of the most effective ways to expand our base and uncover new leaders in a short period of time. This training will equip us to: a) set up a house meeting campaign step by step, including a timeline, and ways to recruit participants, note takers and facilitators; and b) facilitate these particular kind of house meetings. JOIN will also equip us to interpret the patterns that emerged and track which new leaders emerged from a house meeting campaign. Register here


JUFJ: Purim Bag Deliveries
Wednesday, March 20
9:00 AM-12:00 PM in Annapolis
More information and RSVP to come.


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.


Be sure you never miss a social justice opportunity with B’nai Israel! Join the email group, and receive notices about all upcoming events right in your mailbox. Click here to add your name and email.

Questions about AIM? Contact Mona Levine.

Questions about JUFJ ? Contact Deedee Jacobsohn.

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

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