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Sound the Shofar for DC Domestic Workers

DC

Sound the Shofar for economic justice! DC domestic workers deserve the same workplace rights as all other workers. Join other JUFJers for an in-person action before Rosh Hashanah to remind the DC Council to pass the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights.

Green New Deal for Housing

DC

This Sukkot, we're imagining a DC where everyone has access to housing and where we keep our planet safe and beautiful for everyone who lives on it — and we're fighting for that future! Join JUFJ, Sunrise DC, and Councilmember Janeese Lewis George (in a sukkah!) to learn more about the Green New Deal for Housing bill, and how you can help build a more sustainable, affordable DC.

Maryland Community Kickoff: Schmooze in the Sukkah

Maryland State
Columbia Jewish Congregation
5885 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia, MD

Join JUFJers from across Maryland to schmooze, celebrate Sukkot, and build community, with music and singing led by Cantor Rosalie Will. Whether you're just joining JUFJ's statewide work, or you've been involved for years, everyone is welcome! This event will be held in person at Columbia Jewish Congregation (5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia).

Schmooze in the Sukkah DC

DC

Join JUFJers from across DC to schmooze, celebrate Sukkot, and build community. Whether you've never been to a JUFJ event, you're just joining our work, or you've been involved for years, everyone is welcome! This event will be held in person in a sukkah near you.

Montgomery County December Get Together

Montgomery County
Locust Grove Nature Center
7777 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD

Join JUFJ's Montgomery County leaders and staff for kosher Chanukah food, apple cider, a nature walk, and mindfulness activities at Cabin John Regional Park! Whether you're new or returning to JUFJ, everyone is welcome to this family-friendly event — kids and grandkids are invited to join the fun, too! Options are available for mobility accessibility. Please be sure to indicate how many people will join you!

DC Night of Action and Chanukah Candle Lighting

DC

Join us to light candles and take action the night before the DC Council's final legislative session of the year. We'll work to help domestic workers and our partners push for the last vote on the DC Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, and we'll light Chanukah candles together.

Baltimore Tu B’Shevat Seder

Baltimore
Bnai Israel Congregation
27 Lloyd St, Baltimore, MD

This Sunday and Monday mark Tu B’Shevat (the New Year of Trees), a holiday that some Jews celebrate by planting trees and remembering our commitments to the earth and the environment. Join us on the B'nai Israel/Jewish Museum of Maryland campus for a Climate Justice Tu B'Shevat seder! We're partnering with B'nai Israel, BAYITT, Hazon, Jewish Museum of Maryland, Jewish Youth Climate Movement, and Moishe Pod Federal Hill!

Better Nature: A DC Tu B’Shvat Seder and Dinner

DC
Sixth & I
600 I Street, NW, Washington, DC

This Sunday and Monday mark Tu B’Shvat (the New Year of Trees), a holiday that some Jews celebrate by planting trees and remembering our commitments to the earth and the environment. Join us at 6th & I Historic Synagogue for a Tu B’Shvat seder. JUFJ organizer Jenna and Housing Security Working Group co-chair Charlotte will talk about the exciting Green New Deal for Housing that would help create environmentally sustainable affordable housing in DC. Plus four cups of wine!

Be the Change: An Activism Workshop with 6th & I and the Edlavitch DC JCC

DC
Sixth & I
600 I Street, NW, Washington, DC

In an ever-changing world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by both local and global issues. This training will break down the basics of activism, including strategies for effective storytelling, lobbying, and digital media, plus tips for planning or participating in a rally. Gain concrete skills, learn from experienced activists, and connect with others who want to make positive change in our community.

Think Jewishly, Act Locally: Changemaking in DC’s Local Government

DC
Edlavitch DC JCC
1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC

Many Jews feel called to the work of tikkun olam — repairing the world — but trying to solve global problems is far too much for one person. But one person can make a tremendous difference when we focus on what is happening right here. Join us for an interactive workshop with community organizers focused on building a more just Washington, DC. We’ll learn about how our local government works, and what each of us can do to make real change for the lives of our families, friends, and neighbors here in our own community.

Think Jewishly, Act Locally: DC’s Budgets are Moral Documents

DC
Edlavitch DC JCC
1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC

The DC budget says a lot more than any politician’s speeches about what is truly valued by the people we elect to represent us. Join us to learn about the budget process, past victories for social justice won through budget campaigns, and what you can do right now to ensure that next year’s budget reflects the Jewish social justice values that many of us share.

Think Jewishly, Act Locally: Speak Your Truth to Power in DC

DC
Edlavitch DC JCC
1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC

One of the most effective ways to speak truth to power is to testify before the DC Council. Hearing the stories and personal narratives of constituents helps move elected officials to take action on the issues that really matter. Join us for a workshop on how to create meaningful written testimony based on your personal story and values. We’ll practice connecting your story to specific issues that are before the Council, and how to make policy change through righteous storytelling.

Tot Shabbat for Justice with Hill Havurah + JUFJ

DC
Hill Havurah
212 East Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC

Families, come celebrate Shabbat with us! On Saturday, August 12, we’ll join Hill Havurah for a special Tot Shabbat for Justice.

JUFJ @ the Capital Jewish Museum’s Block Party

DC
Capital Jewish Museum
575 3rd St. NW, Washington, DC

Kick off the Jewish New Year at the Capital Jewish Museum's grand opening block party featuring live music, wares by artisans & makers, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, and more!

Free

Maryland Statewide Kickoff

Maryland State
Columbia Jewish Congregation
5885 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia, MD

Join JUFJers from across Maryland either in-person (preferred) or virtually as we kick off our advocacy for the new Maryland legislative session!

JUFJ’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and Heschel Vision Awards

Montgomery County
Baltimore
DC
Maryland State
Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD

Jews United for Justice turns 25 this year, and a quarter century of work deserves celebration! Join JUFJ for our 25th Anniversary Celebration and the 2023 Heschel Vision Awards on Sunday, November 19.

Applesauce to Applesauce: A Chanukah Party

Montgomery County
Adat Shalom
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda, MD

Join JUFJ Montgomery County members at Adat Shalom for an in-person, apple-themed Chanukah celebration for the whole family! Bring your favorite apple dish, and we'll celebrate with songs, games, and community building.

Think Jewishly, Act Locally: Changemaking in DC’s Local Government

DC
Edlavitch DC JCC
1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC

As we head into an election year full of tension and controversy, it can feel like our voices aren’t always heard or meaningful. One of the most effective ways to have a real impact is making change at the local level though, right here in our city. Join us over brunch for an interactive workshop. We’ll learn about the structure and function of the DC government and concrete ways each of us can engage with local government officials to make real change for the lives of our families, friends, and neighbors.

Think Jewishly, Act Locally: DC’s Budgets are Moral Documents

DC
Edlavitch DC JCC
1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC

Jewish tradition teaches that in a just world, all people would have what the Torah calls dei machsoro, resources sufficient for their needs. A city budget reflects the priorities and promises of city officials much better than their words. Here in DC, the city’s resources are abundant, but they are not allocated equitably so that everyone benefits. In this workshop we will learn about the DC budget process, past victories for social justice won through budget campaigns, and what you can do right now to ensure that next year’s budget reflects the Jewish social justice values that many of us share.

Think Jewishly, Act Locally: Speaking Your Truth To Power in DC

DC
Edlavitch DC JCC
1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC

Research shows that simply providing statistics around an issue is not enough to move people to make change; personal stories and connecting the issue to real people’s lives is a necessary component. Sharing our stories with those in power is one of the best ways to move the needle on social justice issues we care about. One of the most effective ways to do this is to testify before the DC Council. Hearing the stories and personal narratives of constituents helps move elected officials to take action on the issues that really matter. In this workshop we will learn how to create powerful written testimony based on your personal story and values. We’ll practice connecting our stories to specific issues that are before the DC Council and get people ready to testify for just change.