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JFREJ Organizes Rabbinic Support for the Paid Sick Leave Campaign

Click here for the article in The Jewish Daily Forward

Today, October 26th, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice sent a letter to New York City Council Speaker, Christine Quinn, with over 40 signatures by prominent Conservative, Orthodox, Reform, Reconstructionist, and Renewal New York rabbis in support of the New York City Paid Sick Time Act.  The letter, co-sponsored by Rabbis J. Roly Matalon, Yitz Greenberg, and Jill Jacobs, urges Speaker Quinn to bring this critical piece of legislation to a vote.

(Scroll down for a full list of signatories).

The Meyer Awards - A Night of Inspiration!

We’re so thrilled that JFREJ’s 16th Annual Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Risk Taker Awards was an inspiring success! Over 300 JFREJ members, allies, and friends gathered at B’nai Jeshurun last Wednesday evening to celebrate our tremendous honorees.

JFREJ's Fall 2012 All Membership Meeting

This is the moment to determine JFREJ’s next direction for powerful Jewish activism in New York. All summer long, JFREJ members held meetings to hear input and ideas from the JFREJ membership and our allies. We gathered in living rooms throughout the city to talk about JFREJ’s role in movement building, reflect on the legacy of our work for racial and economic justice, and identify transformative and strategic campaigns to explore. Well over 100 JFREJ members and 20 ally organizations and institutions were part of envisioning what transformational Jewish organizing in NYC could look like in 2013/5773. This has been a collective process, built by members, leaders, founders, and you.

Get those racist ads out of NYC!

Jewish Groups Condemn Ads Promoting Hate and Anti-Muslim Bigotry
and Pledge to Challenge Islamophobia

Jews Against Islamophobia (JAI), a coalition of three Jewish organizations, condemns the hate-mongering ads, sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), that will begin appearing in New York City subway stations the last week of September.  “During this period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which, for many Jews, is a time of reflection and introspection, we must recommit ourselves to standing up against these ads and all forms of Islamophobia,” pledged JAI member Marjorie Dove Kent, executive director of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), one of JAI’s member groups. 

JFREJ's Fall Newsletter is here!

Happy New Year from Jews for Racial and Economic Justice!

We're thrilled to enter into another year with you of transformative organizing in New York. As you reflect during these High Holidays on the year gone by, please take a moment to read through JFREJ's newsletter, remember the crucial work that you made possible this last year, and envision your powerful work in the year to come. We would love to hear your reflections on the past year - and the exciting year ahead!

Westchester speaks out against Islamophobia

Click here for a powerful video denunciation of Islamophobia and hate speech. Thanks to WESPAC’s Chuck Bell and Andrew Courtney. Jews Against Islamophobia and its member groups (JFREJ, JVP, and JSN) are proud to have helped organize and support Westchester’s response to hate-speech ads on Metro-North platforms and to call for commemoration of September 11 as a time of unity, not Islamophobia.

Check out the video on the Jews Against Islamophobia website

A Story About YOU

I want to tell you a story that happened just two weeks ago. As part of our process to select a new campaign, JFREJ invited input from our ally organizations – membership organizations led by low-income, people of color, and immigrant communities. We got a tremendous response. Executive directors, lead organizers, and board members from 10 powerful organizations came to the JFREJ office. We asked them, “What do you see as JFREJ’s key role in movements for racial and economic justice in New York? and boy, did we hear a mouthful!

Folk it up with JFREJ!

We have a lot to celebrate with you! This summer marks the 1 year anniversary of our two wonderful staff members joining the JFREJ team - Executive Director Marjorie Dove Kent and Community Organizer Rachel McCollough. It’s also Marjorie’s birthday!

What better way to celebrate than to dance together? Please join us for:

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