Mission: Think Jewishly, Act Locally

 

Jews United for Justice leads Jews from the Greater Washington area and Baltimore to act on our shared Jewish values by pursuing justice and equality in our local community.

We are a community of folks of all ages and from all over the greater Washington area and Baltimore. JUFJ provides Jews with an opportunity to weave together Judaism and activism and creates a community in which to explore and strengthen commitments to both.

Jewish tradition calls us to work for tikkun olam (repairing the world). Once slaves in Egypt--and strangers in many lands since--we learn from our history and liturgy the importance of adding our voices to a universal call for justice. As members of a community that has experienced both prejudice and privilege, we have a unique commitment to social justice wherever we find ourselves.

Since 1998 JUFJ has connected everyday Jews to powerful, effective grassroots activism in solidarity with low income communities of color. We use the tools of community organizing, education, and leadership development to win meaningful changes that benefit all area residents and ensure that our city and region are a place where all people can live and thrive.

By mobilizing Jews, JUFJ has expanded the base of support for a broad array of economic, social, and racial justice issues, and has played key leadership roles in protecting critical safety net services, making DC’s tax system more progressive by raising taxes on the very wealthy, winning same-sex marriage equality and immigrant education rights, guaranteeing paid sick leave for all DC workers, and raising the minimum wage in the District, in Montgomery County, and across the state of Maryland. These campaigns impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of area residents.

As Jews of the greater Washington and Baltimore region, we strive to be agents of change, repairing the world by concentrating on issues of local concern.