Community, Learning, and Spirituality
In addition to our issue campaigns, JUFJ hosts community events, learning opportunities, and spiritual gatherings throughout our region.
- Our annual seders in Baltimore and DC connect the ancient story of Jewish liberation with local struggles happening on our doorsteps today.
- Each year at the Heschel Vision Awards, we honor activists who are repairing the world in big and small ways.
- JUFJ has partnered with synagogues and community organizations throughout Baltimore, Montgomery County, and DC to teach and learn about antisemitism and white supremacy, about Jewish tradition and social justice, and about issues that matter to our activists and community members.
- Through the Jeremiah Fellowship, as well as through partnering with JOIN for Justice for “Don’t Kvetch, Organize!,” we train Jews in our region to be community organizers, helping them develop skills they need to make change in the world.
- In 2008, JUFJ produced our Green and Just Celebrations guide in DC, and in 2012 we collaborated with other Jewish organizations in Baltimore to produce the Baltimore version of the guide.
JUFJ’s “Don’t Kvetch, Organize!” Spring 2020 Cohort
This spring we are holding our first-ever JUFJ-only cohort of JOIN for Justice’s “Don’t Kvetch, Organize!” course! This course will examine different ways community organizing has been used to build a more just world for all and how our Jewish tradition and history inform our own commitments and approaches to acting for justice.
While the JUFJ cohort will use the same materials and curriculum as other “Don’t Kvetch, Organize!” courses, there will be a few differences:
- The course will be facilitated by JUFJ’s DC Senior Organizer, Sarah Novick
- The cohort will consist of JUFJ leaders from each of our local jurisdictions — Baltimore, Montgomery County, and DC — allowing us to build community across JUFJ
- Discussions will specifically address JUFJ’s strategy, values, and campaigns
- You will have the opportunity to meet with fellow participants in-person
See what JUFJ leaders have to say!
“The program provides meaningful Jewish context through readings and video for organizing. Focused on issue and result-based ideas, Don’t Kvetch helped me explore my existing skills and build on them to help JUFJ.” -Anita Lampel
“The JOIN for Justice course highlighted one of the organizing tools that JUFJ uses so well — the importance of storytelling to convey the power of any issue. The course instructors were some of the most experienced Jewish organizers in the country and we heard their stories and how their Jewish values influenced their social justice work. We also learned all the basic skills about community organizing by delving deeply into a few historic law changes and how the coalitions in those states made them happen.”- Carol Stern
JUFJ honors the rhythms of the Jewish calendar and we incorporate into our work Jewish values of reflection, celebration, and taking time away from work for rest and renewal. To honor those values, JUFJ is closed for Yom Kippur.
October 10 – October 11
JUFJ honors the rhythms of the Jewish calendar and we incorporate into our work Jewish values of reflection, celebration, and taking time away from work for rest and renewal. To honor those values, JUFJ is closed for the first two days of Sukkot.
October 13 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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 D…
October 16 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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 Con…