What Have JFREJ Members Been Up To Lately?

Watch the Fall 2021 Membership Assembly Slideshow

In the Fall of 2021....

  • Neighborhood groups met - some virtually, some in Sukkahs in Sept (and continue to meet every month - some virtual, some in-person)
  • Members also gathered in Prospect Park with Kolot for the last night of Sukkot and for a workshop led by Rebecca Katz on the Unraveling Antisemitism poster we put out in August
  • JFREJers have been supporting the New York Taxi Workers Alliance in their struggle for debt relief from the medallion crisis since March.
  • They escalated in October by going on a hunger strike, and a couple of our members joined in solidarity.
  • On Day 15 of the strike, they won! The city met their demands. Our support was noticed and appreciated, opening the door to a new and powerful partnership
  • Also in October we rallied in Grand Army Plaza alongside partners like Make the Road, NY Change, VOCAL, Indivisible, to send Schumer back to Senate with a reminder that we were counting on him to deliver on the things we desperately need - care economy, voter protection, climate, pathway to citizenship, and more
  • JFREJ brought that fight locally too, with Caring Majority activists Bird-dogging NY AG Tish James, Gov. Kathy Hochul, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie about #FairPay4HomeCare
  • JFREJ also showed up for Sunrise NYC, providing key support for an action to shut down the West Side Highway.
  • 5 members were arrested, and others made sure jail support had flowers
  • Then there’s The Jewish Vote - JFREJers gave it their all to get Felicia Singh over the finish line. The campaign may not have won, but it was transformative nonetheless - it got close to actually flipping the council district
  • Just last week, we got to celebrate and make official our primary victories from the summer. We sent the first JFREJ member to citywide elected office, and the first Muslim woman to the city council!
  • And now through the middle of next month, we’re doing some solidarity fundraising to support the Street Vendors Project by participating in their scavenger hunt. You can join us at the kickoff event in Queens on Sunday (link at jfrej.org/events)