Jewish Justice Advocates (“JJA”)

Jewish Justice Advocates (“JJA”) is a TBESOC committee striving to advance social justice in accordance with Jewish values and positions of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ), Reform ‘s Religious Action Committee (RAC), United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR).”

 

 

 

TIKKUN OLAM WEEK OF AUG. 3, 2020

 

Welcome the Stranger; Save A Life:

 

  • Honoring the Refugee Story on Tisha B’Av. Thank you to those who attended this virtual program jointly sponsored by JJA, Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees, and the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County to benefit refugees and educate the public about their challenges! A special thank you to those who donated to Home for Refugees, the Haitian Bridge Alliance and World Relief! We raised nearly $7000 to distribute to those 3 organizations and had nearly 100 attendees.  Refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants are in great need of assistance during these challenging times and greatly appreciate your support.

Ø  URGENT:  Take Action:  Submit a formal Comment on New Proposed Regulations Barring Asylum Seekers Coming from any country where COVID-19 is present.  That’s most of the world!  Deadline:  Aug. 9, 2020 11:59 EST.  HIAS and RAC urge us to welcome the Stranger in accordance with Jewish values and oppose these regulations.  Learn more here.  A sample comment is included in the link.  Note: these are different proposed regulations regarding asylum than the ones we urged comment to last month.  These regulations are new and require a separate comment.

  • HIAS Book and Film Club

The August meeting of the HIAS Book and Film Club will be a special “Meet the Author” discussion with Harriet Levin Millan about her novel How Fast Can You Run, a powerful story based on the life of Michael Majok Kuch, a South Sudanese refugee who Millan met in Philadelphia through her teaching job at Drexel University and helped reunite with his familyThe conversation will take place on Friday, August 14th. Find out more and register here.”

 

You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.  Leviticus10:33-34. If you save one life, it is as if you saved the whole world.  Mishnah Sanhedrein, 4.5.

Help Create Our World:

 

  • JOIN US: Thursday, Aug. 6 at 1 PM to take to advocate for bold Environmental Legislation.  Judy Berflein from Climate Change Lobby and Jewish Earth Alliance will update us on current pending federal climate related legislation.  During the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to create an email to legislators advocating on the pending bills.  Judy will deliver those emails to Jewish Earth Alliance who will deliver them directly to the appropriate legislative staff and follow-up with the staff to take action. This is a nationwide effort by the Jewish community. Click here to join. 

 

Ø  URGENT:  Take Action to Comment on New Proposed Regulations Barring Asylum Seekers Coming from any country where COVID-19 is present.  That’s most of the world!  Deadline:  Aug. 9, 2020 11:59 EST.  Please take action by submitting your comment to these new regulations. HIAS and RAC urge us to welcome the Stranger in accordance with Jewish values and accordingly oppose these regulations.  Learn more here.  A sample comment is included in the link. Note: these are different proposed regulations regarding asylum than the ones we urged comment to last month.  These regulations are new and require a separate comment.

 

  • Contact Senators. State your position on the proposed HEAL ACT which would provide healthcare access regardless of immigration status. The House passed the Act; the Senate has yet to consider it.  If you save one life, it is as if you saved the whole world.  Mishnah Sanhedrein, 4.5.  Time sensitive; people suffering from Covid-19 need health care; act soon!

 

  • Urge Congress to provide additional support for the most vulnerable in the pending coronavirus relief package. RAC urges us to advocate with our representatives to protect all people and put those most vulnerable to the pandemic at the center.

 

  • URGENT! Ensure Voters Don’t Have to Choose Between Voting and their Health.

Contact Senators and Congressmen to support the right of every person who wants to vote in the November election to be able to so without risking their health.  Urge them to adopt and provide the necessary funding for:

  1. nationwide vote by mail
  2. expanded time to vote in person
  3. same day registration including election day registration
  4. necessary funding for the USPS

 

 

  • Join the Religious Action Center for anEvery Voice, Every Vote. Learn the importance of Medicaid expansion, learn how to phonebank through the Yes on 2 campaign, and have the opportunity to contact voters in the final days before the primary election.
    Sign up for training, texting, and phone banking opportunities through the Yes on 2 campaign. Remember to write “Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism” in the organization field each time you register for a Yes on 2 event.

 

  • Write non-partisan postcards to registered voters less likely to vote who live in states with restrictive voting laws to urge them to use their voice at the ballot box. To order a postcard kit go to ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­write a postcard.

 

Rabbi Yitzchak taught in the Talmud, “A ruler is not to be appointed unless the community is first consulted.” This summer RAC and JJA are trying to make certain that the entire country is part of the process of selecting our elected officials at every level of government.

 

 

Do Justice and righteousness.

  • Jeremiah 22:3. Justice, justice, shall you pursue. Deuteronomy 16:30.

 

Contact your Senators to support SB 3768 and 3644 to ensure enough PPE for nursing homes and assisted living locations and provide more funding for senior meals and services so seniors can stay safely at home during the pandemic.

 

Next JJA Meeting:  Sunday, August 9, 10 AM via zoom.  Contact Carol Singer at normcarol@cox.net  or Barby Schwid at bschwid@gmail.com for more information and the link to join the meeting.