Archive for : Uri LTzedek

Bring Stories of Healing and Hope to the Rosh Hashanah Table

As Rosh Hashanah draws near (this year the holiday starts on Wednesday, September 24 at sundown), we find ourselves looking for stories of healing and hope. Fortunately, while there have been plenty of tough and disheartening stories in the news recently, there is never a shortage of inspiring news and ideas to go around!

This year, whether you plan to go to synagogue or not, take some time to seek out the good to share at your Rosh Hashanah table – while digging into apples and honey, of course! Here are a few great resources to get you started:

– The Orthodox social justice organization, Uri L’Tzedek created a wonderful publication that focuses on the ethical cultivation of the Jewish self called Mah Ani? Self Reflection and Social Action for the High Holidays.

– Check out American Jewish World Service’s Rosh Hashanah reading, that reflects on the year’s challenges and blessings, and looks forward to the New Year with a renewed sense of hope. AJWS rounded up even more great High Holiday resources – you can access them them on their site.

– The Jewish Environmental organization, Hazon, has a ton of resources, tips, and ideas to share to help make Rosh Hashanah green and delicious.

– Rabbi Yael Ridberg of Congregation Dor Hadash in California wrote a beautiful Rosh Hashanah sermon two years ago that continues to be relevant today. Her message? That we all realize how much more we can achieve as a community than as individuals.

Best wishes for a sweet and happy New Year from everyone at Repair the World!

Social Justice Texts and Resources for the High Holidays

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the two most important holidays of the Jewish calendar. This year, add an extra level of significance to your holiday with these inspiring service and social justice related texts and resources:

AJWS Repair the World’s partner organization, American Jewish World Service, has a whole slew of social justice related resources for the high holidays, including this inspiring sermon by Rabbi David Wolpe.

Elie Wiesel The critically acclaimed author of Night shares his thoughts on what being Jewish means to him.

Reform Judaism: This collection of resources shares lots of ways to incorporate service and social justice into the high holiday season, from feeding the hungry to holding a social justice tashlikh ceremony.

The Jew & The Carrot Celebrate Rosh Hashanah in sustainable style with Hazon’s eco-friendly Rosh Hashanah resources.

Uri L’Tzedek The Orthodox social justice organization, and Repair the World partner, created an awesome guide for self reflection on the high holidays.

Do you know of another great social justice, service, or eco-friendly high holiday text or resource? Let us know in the comments or tweet us at @repairtheworld.

Join Uri L’Tzedek for the Domestic Violence Awareness Conference – Sept 18th

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), “One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.”

While the Jewish community is not immune to these bleak facts, the conversation around violence in the home is an under-discussed topic. On Sunday, September 18th, Repair the World grantee-partner, Uri L’Tzedek will host it’s first-ever Domestic Violence Awareness Conference to bring this issue to light, and help to break the cycle of abuse that impacts both men and women.

Conference speakers include:

  • Blu Greenberg, the Founding President of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA)
  • Shana Frydman, LCSW Director, Family Violence Services at MET Council
  • Sandra E. Rapoport, Author of Biblical Seductions
  • Jeremy Stern, the Executive Director of the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA)

Co-sponsored by other partnering organizations including Project SARAH, Jewish Women International (JWI), Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) Lincoln Square Synagogue, and Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York (JWFNY), the conference will discuss domestic violence in the Jewish community as a whole, and help participants learn how to identify abusive behaviors, understand the psychology behind abuse, and find out what steps they can take to help themselves or their friends.

Details: Sunday, September 18th, Lincoln Square Synagogue, $10 (includes dairy lunch) Register here.

Bridging the Nutrition Gap – with Uri L’Tzedek (July 26)

Next Tuesday, July 26, join Repair the World grantee-partner, Uri L’Tzedek for a discussion about global hunger, social justice and bridging the nutrition gap in America and across the developing world.

The event will feature two incredible speakers – Peter Mann, the Director Emeritus of the Global Movements Program at Why Hunger, and Rabbi Jon Kelsen, who is on faculty at the Drisha Institute in New York.

Uri L’Tzedek’s work with Tav HaYosher – their grassroots initiative to create just and safe working environments for kosher restaurant employees – has helped raise awareness about food and social justice from the worker’s perspective. This event will expand the conversation outward, and explore our responsibility and opportunity to help create a more just world and better food access for everyone.

July 26, 7:30pm
Drisha Institute, 37 W. 65th St, New York City

Join Uri L’Tzedek for a Beit Midrash on Islamophobia and Anti Semitism

This coming Wednesday, June 29, join Repair the World grantee-partner, Uri L’Tzedek for their beit midrash (study session) focusing on Islamaphobia and Anti Semitism.

Jews and Muslims both face continued discrimination over their religious beliefs and traditions, in America and abroad, and both directed towards one another and from society as a whole. The session aims to bring this topic to light in a respectful and meaningful way, featuring guest speakers Ari Gordon, the Assistant Director of Interreligious Affairs at the American Jewish Committee, and Hussein Rashid, an Educator and Consultant on Interreligious Affairs.

The event will take place at 7:30pm at congregation Ramat Orah in New York. For more information, check out Uri L’Tzedek’s website.

On Tap: The National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference

Looking for a dose of inspiration this summer? Head to Chicago on June 16-17 for the National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference held at DePaul University.

Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Youth Corps, DePaul University’s Division of Student Affairs, the conference aims to advance “the understanding that our teaching, learning, scholarship, and service are enriched when we integrate the often fragmented dimensions of our institutions and greater society.”

The goals of this two day conference include: disseminating research findings on the intersection of faith, justice, social responsibility and civic/service-learning, sharing faith perspectives and practices on these topics, focusing on justice and faith, discussing service-learning’s impact on faith and vocation and secular and faith-based educational institutions, fostering an interfaith dialogue and cooperation in higher education around these topics.

Among the distinguished speakers are Rabbi Jill Jacobs (the Rabbi-in-Residence for Repair the World grantee-partner Jewish Funds for Justice) and Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz (Founder and President of Repair the World grantee-partner Uri L’Tzedek).

Find out more and register here.