JUFJ in the News
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Recent coverage of JUFJ:
11-22-13: Act Now: One Vote needed to pass MoCo Minimum Wage : The Montgomery County Council will vote on November 26th on raising the county minimum wage to $11.50/hour.
11-8-13: Support from advocates for the paid sick days campaign: Advocates are campaigning to extend mandatory paid sick days to tipped workers, whose others in the private sector
11-8-13: No giving up in the fight for a higher minimum wage and paid sick days: JUFJ helped organize a rally at Freedom Plaza to demand that the D.C. Council pass legislation to mandate paid sick days for all workers and raise the District's minimum wage by more than $4.00 an hour.
11-8-13: More support for a higher minimum wage and paid sick days: About 100 people joined the rally at Freedom Plaza and listened to workers telling their stories about the need for a higher minimum wage and paid sick days.
10-11-13: Hopeful Progress in Paid Sick Days Campaign: JUFJ-supported bill to expand paid sick day rights to tipped workers is now being co-sponsored by 11 of the 13 DC council members and is set to have a public hearing later in the month.
10-3-13: Montgomery Country Officials Announce Support for Raise Maryland Campaign: Maryland's elected officials spoke in favor of raising the minimum wage for all workers in Maryland by 2016.
9-26-13: Expanding Paid Sick Days in the District: Statistics from Seattle, Washington have shown countless positive improvements following their induction of a paid sick days for all bill.
9-20-13: Clyde’s Group Wary Of Sick Leave Bill: Clyde's Restaurant Group, which owns 13 eateries throughout the District, believes there is no need to change the current conditions that wait staff work under.
9-18-13: Council Members Introduce Bill to Mandate Paid Sick Leave for Restaurant Workers: Council members introduced The Earned Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act of 2013 would allow tipped workers to have access to paid sick days.
9-17-13: DC Lawmakers Push to Expand Paid Sick Days: Recently, DC lawmakers have begun fighting for a revision of the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act to include tipped workers.
9-16-13: DC Council May Expand Paid Sick Leave Law: Several DC council members introduce a bill that would expand the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act to tipped wait staff as well.
9-3-13: JUFJ Bringing MLK's Dream into the 21st century with Raise Maryland: As the new Jewish year dawns and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is celebrated, JUFJ continues the fight for economic equality.
8-29-13: The Daily Struggle for Restaurant Workers: Nowadays, the average age of a restaurant worker is nearly 30 years old and with minimum wage and no paid sick days many struggle to make ends meet.
8-22-13: Group Seeks to Doctor Sick Leave Law: Members of the Paid Sick Days for All Coalition brought attention to the lack of paid sick days for tipped workers by dressing up as sick restaurant employees during DC's Restaurant Week.
8-22-13: D.C. Restaurant Workers Fight For Paid Sick Days: Dressed up to appear sick and wearing creative signs, DC restaurant workers protested their lack of paid sick days during Restaurant Week.
8-21-13: Supporters of Paid Sick Days Dress as Ill Chefs: A passionate demonstration by supporters of paid sick days attracted diners with their creative costumes and spread awareness about the lack of paid sick days for DC's tipped workers.
8-21-13: Lack of Paid Sick Days Risks Public's Health: Tipped workers, unable to receive guaranteed paid sick days, endanger the public's health when they report to work despite being ill (Page 7).
7-9-13: JUFJ's Monica Kamen on News Talk: JUFJ's own Monica Kamen appears on News Talk in order to discuss the Paid Sick Days Campaign and address any concerns employers may have about it.
7-9-13: Councilmember Tommy Wells Supports Paid Sick Leave: Council member Wells explains how, after reading the audit for Paid Sick Days, he believes that all DC employees deserve to have paid sick days.
6-20-13: Audit Finds that Majority Would Not Relocate Due to Paid Sick Days: An audit, requested by supporters of the Paid Sick Days campaign, has shown that out of 800 interviewed District businesses 87.5% said they would not relocate out of the District if the campaign is successful.
6-19-13: Statistical Findings Regarding Paid Sick Days: Conducted research has shown that the Paid Sick Days campaign will not cause employers to move out of the District.
4-23-13: Anita Bonds Holds onto DC Council Seat: After three decades of experience, Bonds holds onto council seat following a special election that drew out about ten percent of DC voters.
4-22-13: Tomorrow's Special Election Offers "Significant Step" for District Residents: JUFJ and others are using social media to spread awareness about Question 8 regarding Budget Autonomy.
4-19-13: Sick Leave Switcheroo: John Andrade, owner of Meridian Pint, is now a supporter of paid sick days for all despite the fact that his former co-owner and current DC Council candidate, Pat Mara, continues to oppose the measure.
4-19-13: Meridian Pint Owner Rethinks Position on Paid Sick Days: Meridian Pint's owner, John Andrade, has apologized for his prior stance on the matter and now is a strong advocate of paid sick days for all workers
4-19-13: Paid Sick Days Policy Implemented by Owner of Meridian Pint: John Andrade, a restaurant owner, explains how, after conducting his own research, he intends to support and implement paid sick day measures for tipped workers.
4-16-13: Activists Rally at Debate: A group of DC workers rallied outside of the council member debates about receiving paid sick days but the topic was only briefly discussed by the candidates.
4-11-13: Jewish groups join rally for immigrants: Jewish demonstrators representing several organizations, including JUFJ, participated in the Rally for Citizenship in Washington.
4-10-13: Paid Sick Leave for Restaurant Workers Becomes Issue in At-Large Campaign: According to a coalition of organizations backing the paid sick days, including restaurant workers would offer them a measure of economic justice.
4-10-13: D.C. Council candidate Mara opposes mandatory restaurant sick leave, minimum wage hike: Several organizations, including Jews United for Justice, are now pushing to broaden the paid sick leave law to include restaurant workers.
4-1-13: Passover and Social Justice: WIN Leaders Leading the Way: Each year, Jews United for Justice's labor seder celebrates Passover, helps to build community, and draws attention to an important local issue. This year was a focus on the need to expand paid sick days in our community.
3-20-13: 'Let my people go ... home sick': JUFJ's 2013 Labor Seder was dedicated to the plight of restaurant workers who more often than not do not have any sick days.
2-8-13: Your Meal Shouldn't Come with a Side of the Flu: During the winter months when the flu season is in full swing, not allowing sick wait staff to have access to paid sick days puts customers at a greater risk of contracting the flu as well.
2-13: Creating a New Campus Space (page 14): JUFJer Rebecca Krevat was one of the founding members of JFem, a new Jewish feminist group at the University of Maryland. At the group's first meeting, it hosted JUFJ Rabbi Elizabeth Richman, who talked about her Jewish feminist story. JFem will also be doing an advocacy training with our Paid Sick Days campaign. Also check out page 16 for a great quote by Jeremiah Fellow Sheila Katz! (Contact)
2-1-13: How JUFJ Director Jacob Feinspan got to where he is today: JUFJ Executive Director Jacob Feinspan came to DC in his early twenties, worked for the Religious Action Center, then as American Jewish World Service's first DC staffer. The same way AJWS' Washington presence quickly bloomed, JUFJ has expanded rapidly under Feinspan's leadership. (Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism)
11-28-12: Op-Ed: Jewish organizations have made great strides in gay inclusion—but must do more: Jewish organizations such as Jews United for Justice have made great strides in fighting for LGBT rights, but we all must do more to proactively include members of the LGBT community as part of our vision of Jewish social justice. (JTA: The Global News Service of the Jewish People)
11-8-12: Moments from the Metro-Area GOTV Effort: Hundreds of activists hit the doors, polls and phones throughout the metro Washington area to get out the vote. JUFJ was part of the GOTV effort, urging voters for their support on Maryland question 6 and 4 on marriage equality and in-state tuition for immigrant youth or the “Maryland Dream Act". (AFL-CIO Washington DC Metro Council)
11-2-12: Marriage Diversity at the Shabbat Table: Jews United for Justice member Viva Hammer writes, "Maryland's Question 6 -- a referendum which would allow same-sex couples to wed -- is a source of raucous debate at our Orthodox Jewish family's Shabbat table. Like the four sons at the Seder table, together we represent four polar views on marriage." (Huffington Post)
10-21-12: Jewish Community in Montgomery County Mobilizes to Support Civil Marriage Equality and DREAM Act in Maryland: Jews United for Justice Organizes Montgomery County Jews in Support of Two Vital Maryland Ballot Issues; Momentum Builds as Area Congregations Plan Events to Educate Voters (Maryland Juice)
10-17-12: Rockville Jews Come Together for Dream Act, Marriage Equality: During the recent Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Maryland Jews gathered under the sukkah at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville on October 3, to discuss the significance of voting in support of immigrant education rights and marriage equality on Election Day. (Potomac Patch)
10-9-12: Questions to Ask Before You Shop: JUFJ's wallet tallis and Green & Just Celebration Guide are resources that make it easier for you to shop according to your values. (US News)
9-23-12: D.C. paid sick leave law should be audited, advocates say: DC was once a leader in signing paid sick leave laws, but with their implementation in question, local advocates such as JUFJ are convincing the Council that an audit is long overdue. (The Washington Post)
8-22-12: Activists seek better conditions for restaurant workers: Jews United for Justice, the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington, D.C., and the D.C. Employment Justice Center worked to bring attention to a loophole in Washington D.C.'s 2008 law that guarantees paid sick days to anyone who works in the captial - the exception being resturant workers who recieve tips. (Washington Jewish Week)
8-17-12: Jews Impact Same-Sex Marriage Debate: Most Jews in Maryland see marriage equality as a civil rights issue, and JUFJ is organizing them to help vote it into law in November. (Baltimore Jewish Times)
8-7-12: This Restaurant Week, Jews Wash Their Hands of Unsanitary Treatment of Workers: Over 80% of restaurant workers in DC don't get paid sick days, meaning many of the people preparing and serving your food can't afford to take time off when sick. JUFJ is working to change that. (Gather the Jews)
7-9-12: DC Ballot Initiative Submits 30,000 Signatures: JUFJ, along with Sierra Club and Public Citizen, worked with DC Public Trust to go 7,000 signatures above and beyond the minimum needed to get a referendum on the DC ballot which could ban corporate contributions to local campaigns. (Raw Story)
6-21-12: DREAMers Celebrate Victory on Immigration: JUFJ celebrated at the White House with National Council of La Raza, Casa de Maryland, Amnesty International and other allies after President Obama announced his suspension of deportations of young immigrants. (Hispanically Speaking/Campus Progress)
5-2-12: Jewish activists demonstrate for immigrants' rights: In support of immigrants rights, JUFJ demonstrated with allies at the Supreme Court and lobbied DC City Council for fair laws. (Washington Jewish Week)
1-18-12: JUFJ delegate recounts White House visit: Eve Copeland talked with White House officials and Jewish social justice leaders about her part in JUFJ's successful campaign to raise revenues from the wealthy instead of cutting services. (Washington Jewish Week)
10-12-11: Kol Nidre in the square: How progressive Jews are getting involved in the Occupy Movement with their own distinct style, such as holding Kol Nidre in McPherson Square. (Washington Jewish Week)
9-7-11: "Dancing for Security:" A look into JUFJ activist Robert Bettmann's contemporary dance piece, "Quis custodiet ipsus custodet" - who will watch the watchers- examining issues related to security. (Washington Jewish Week)
8-31-11: Pete Tucker interviews Jacob Feinspan on Verizon on the Bimah: picketing with workers and progressive religious communities. (The Fight Back)
8-15-11: On Faith : A profile of JUFJ Executive Director Jacob Feinspan's connections to Judaism and social justice. (Washington Examiner)
5-19-2011: Rabbi Jessica Oleon, JUFJ board member and income tax increase supporter, wrote I'm Ready to Invest in a Great City. (WAMU radio)
5-18-11: "Take My Money, Please, It's Yours:" How Jews and JUFJ are leading the campaign to raise income taxes in DC. (Washington Jewish Week)
5-9-11: And the Bride Wore Green: JUFJ's Green and Just Celebrations quoted extensively in Jewish feminist green weddings article. (Lilith Magazine)
4-27-11: Profile of longtime JUFJ and Tikkun Leil Shabbat leader Joelle Novey (PresenTense)
4-25-11: Living Wages Healthy Communities, A Respect DC Coalition article (Washington City Paper)
4-19-11: Councilmember Michael A. Brown praised JUFJ in his statement honoring Passover.
4-18-11: How much will Walmart cost DC taxpayers? article by leaders of JUFJ's Walmart: Respect DC campaign (Greater Greater Washington)
3-16-11: Turning Purim on its Head- Some Supplant Booze with Social Action (Washington Jewish Week)
2-9-11: Lobbying for Minority & Immigrant Rights in Virginia (Washington Jewish Week)
2-3-11: Tikkun Leil Shabbat (Patheos)
1-17-11: Affordable Housing (Greater Greater Washington Blog)
6-9-10: DC Budget Cuts Worry Jews (Washington Jewish Week).
5-24-10: JUFJ fights for the safety net (in the Washington Post).
5-24-10: Article by Jeremiah Fellow Dan Gordon in Washington Jewish Week.
5-19-10: JUFJ's Jeremiah Fellows profiled in Washington Jewish Week.
3-3-10: JUFJ's Fair Purple Line work was mentioned in Greater Greater Washington.
3-3-10: Article in the Prince George's County Sentinel highlighting our efforts to protect affordable housing in Langley Park.
3-1-2010: Rabbi Elizabeth Richman's letter to the editor of the Washington Post concerning replacement of Prince George's County planning board chairman
2-17-10: JUFJ event in Wonkette.
2-16-10: JUFJ event in Greater Greater Washington.
2-11-10: Jeremiah Fellow Vinny Prell is profiled in Washington Jewish Week.
12-27-09: Jewschool: Ride the Purple Line this Shabbat!
9-10-09: Labor on the Bimah coverage in Washington Jewish Week.
9-06-09: Labor on the Bimah coverage on WAMU-FM.
7-24-09: "Purple Line Planning." JUFJ Executive Director Jacob Feinspan's letter to the editor of the Washington Post.
7-23-09: "Sector Plan Should Meet Community's Needs." Prince George's County Gazette. Open letter from four Prince George's County Rabbis.
7-22-09: "A Fine Line: Langley Park's Planned Redevelopment." Greater Greater Washington , a local blog focused on public transit, walkability and smart growth.
7-8-09: "Rabbis to PG County: Protect Affordable Housing." Washington Jewish Week coverage of this letter from Prince George's County Rabbis to the Prince George's County Planning Board.
7-2-09: "Fears that Takoma/Langley Development Plan Reduces Opportunities for Accessible Housing." El Pregonero -- article in Spanish.
6-24-09: "JUFJ: For Purple Line, Protect Affordable Housing." Washington Jewish Week. See the second article in the section.
5-14-09: "Rabbis Tell Specter: Join Us in Supporting Free Choice." AFL-CIO Now Blog.
5-13-09: "Town's Support for Purple Line is Heartening." Letter to the editor written by JUFJ member Sarah Meyers supporting affordable housing protections along the purple line.
4-23-09: Jewish Daily Forward: "New Labor Leaders Take a Page from History."
4-22-09: Roll Call: "DC Vote Allies Rally Against Guns."
4-9-09: 'The stranger in our midst.' Washington Jewish Week covers efforts by Jewish groups to work for immigration reform, including the Progress by Pesach campaign and JUFJ's labor seder for day laborers.
4-9-09: Low-wage workers' reality . JUFJ's letter to the editor of Washington Jewish Week on why the Employee Free Choice Act is needed. (Scroll down to see the letter.) The letter was in response to these two articles.
4-2-09: Passover: A Hotbed of Social Justice Activity . JUFJ volunteer Emily Pearl Goodstein's blog entry about the Labor Seder.
3-27-09: Seders focus on freedom, hunger, the Earth. A story about how many organizations across the country are using the story of passover to build community seders around critical modern-day issues. JTA News.
3-19-09: Guns, with votes. An article about JUFJ's efforts for DC Voting rights in the face of a move by the House of Representatives to include an amendment striking down DC's firearm ban. Washington Jewish Week.
Earlier coverage of JUFJ:
The Washington Jewish Week covered our response to the workers rights and immigration situation at the Agriprocessors Kosher meatpacking plant
The Washington Post was at our community Labor Seder focused on DC Voting Rights hosted by Adas Israel.
WAMU 88.5 highlighted JUFJ's DC voting rights campaign