Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community

Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community by Rabbi Jill Jacobs 1580234534 9781580234535
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How can Jewish values inform our work to create a just world--and help us work together for the good of all communities?

"Somehow, most Jews have decided that being a good Jew means adhering to rituals such as Shabbat, kashrut, and prayer. But the word halakhah, generally translated as Jewish law, literally means the way to walk. Rather than a limited set of ritual laws, halakhah represents an all-encompassing way of life."
--from Chapter 1

Jewish tradition compels us to protect the poorest, weakest and most vulnerable among us. But discerning how to make meaningful and effective change through social justice work--whether in community or on your own--is not always easy.

This guide provides ways to envision and act on your own ideals of social justice by helping you navigate through such issues as:

  • Creating a narrative mission statement that reflects your organizations values
  • Balancing the needs of your community with those of other communities
  • Weighing the pros and cons of various models of social justice work (direct service, advocacy, investment and community organizing)
  • Expanding the impact and efficiency of your work
  • Locating your social justice goals and methods within the context of Jewish tradition
  • Maintaining the motivation and inspiration to continue your social justice work

Each chapter includes a set of discussion questions to prompt reflection and conversation, as well as tips, tools, processes and forms for getting your social justice project off the ground.

Author: Rabbi Jill Jacobs

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 288

Publisher: Jewish Lights

Publication Date: 2011-06-01

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