JFREJ is a community within a community. At JFREJ you’ll find every kind of Jew, united by our common belief in justice. And all of us work in partnership with the grassroots social justice mosaic of New York City — fighting for a better future.
This week, women, trans people, and our allies across the nation will march and rally to demand justice and an agenda that meets our needs and advances a vision for our future. We have heard from many members of our community who are struggling to remain engaged with the Women’s March, and we have faced difficult choices about where, with whom, or even whether to march on Saturday. Like so many Jews in the day-to-day work of trying to build and stay on the path to shared prosperity and a thriving multiracial democracy, we at JFREJ have at times felt the strain of real fear, disappointment, anger, pain, and confusion about how do so with integrity and pride.
Yet last week, a group of Jewish Women of Color — including long-time JFREJ leaders — led by Yavilah McCoy, with decades of demonstrated progressive political leadership and vast experience building diverse, people-powered coalitions, put out a call, link in comments. We find their call clarifying, inspiring, and humbling — it aligns with our own values and judgement about how to show up in this moment. JFREJ will send members for whom it is their practice to DC to join this call, and subsequently to the rally @ Foley Square, 10am-2pm.
Aligning ourselves with and behind this call from Jewish Women of Color working for justice, we know that our dignity & humanity will be treated as non-negotiable. We will answer their call, and we will bring our full Jewish selves to that call. #JWOCMarching
We are grateful to the Jewish Women of Color in our community who have demonstrated their commitment to the work of collective liberation time and time again. We also find strength & clarity in the Torah portions of these weeks, which illustrate the timelessness of our struggle. These parshiot (Torah portions) teach us that the work of moving toward freedom is messy, so very hard, and full of conflict. In fact, we even see that some resplendent complaining is part and parcel of a good liberation journey. Some things never change, B"H (Thank God)!
We will see you there, and if we don't, we know we'll see you soon, as we all know that there is so much more we can and must do together as a community. ... See MoreSee Less
This week, women, trans people, and our allies across the nation will march and rally to demand justice and an agenda that meets our needs and advances a vision for our future. This is exactly the kind of powerful, grassroots movement that this political moment demands, and that JFREJ was created to...