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Uri L’Tzedek is an Orthodox social justice organization guided by Torah values and dedicated to combating suffering and oppression. Through community-based education, leadership development, and action, Uri L’Tzedek creates discourse, inspires leaders, and empowers the Jewish community towards creating a more just world.
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Join a panel of Immigrant rights leaders as we discuss our current immigration system, and our obligation to support the stranger. Featured Speakers: Rebecca Kirzner, Senior Director of Grassroots Advocacy & Organizing at HIAS Charlie Davidson, Co-Chair at Synagogue Coalition on the Immigration Crisis Eddie Chavez Calderon, Campaign Director of Uri…
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Join a conversation with the founder and Executive Director of Yahel – an Israeli nonprofit that brings young people from around the world to Israel for service and social action programs. Hear about what opportunities exist right now to volunteer in Israel, what the needs are and what are some ways to show up for Israel in a thoughtful way. STAY C…
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The modern socially responsible investing movement claims we have a responsibility to "do well while doing good": to have a positive impact on the world while earning a financial return. The rabbis of the Talmud in fact debated that same claim. They developed surprising insights that can help us shape our contemporary investment decisions. Join Rab…
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The Imperative and Complexity of Ransoming Captives with Rabbi Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy What wisdom can Jewish tradition bring to bear on the current hostage crisis? Join Rabbi Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy, Rosh Beit Midrash of Pardes. STAY CONNECTED: Website: utzedek.org Newsletter: utzedek.org/subscribe Facebook: facebook.com/uriltzedek YouTube: / @uri…
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A worker can withdraw at any point: Laws protecting labor freedom Join a presentation from Rabbi Dr.Eliezer Finkelman exploring halachic laws around labor and freedom. Learn how to pull from Torah sources to better advocate for worker rights. STAY CONNECTED: Website: utzedek.org Newsletter: utzedek.org/subscribe Facebook: facebook.com/uriltzedek Yo…
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Collective allyship during hard times with the President of LGBTQ+ organization ONE Community Angela Hughey Join Uri L’Tzedek’s Campaign Director Eddie Chavez Calderon and the President of LGBTQ+ organization ONE Community Angela Hughey for an in-depth conversation around partnership and allyship grounded in love and support of each other. STAY CON…
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Pregnancy termination has been a hot-button issue in American political life for many decades. It is also an experience that impacts many members of our community in a variety of often quite personal ways. As both political and personal decision-makers, Americans have been given two stark and opposing frameworks for thinking about the ethics of abo…
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Join Uri L’Tzedek’s Campaign Director Eddie Chavez Calderon and David Kaufman a New York-based writer, an Adjunct Fellow, at Tel Aviv Institute, and an editor at the New York Post as they discuss current issues within the progressive community with rising antisemitism and the pressures emerging from within the Israel-Gaza war as Black and Brown Jew…
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The Measure of Sedom": Capitalism, Socialism, and Barbarism with Rabbi Will Friedman Should private property exist? This fundamental question of social ethics and organization is taken up by a well-known rabbinic text, which classifies those who answer "yes" either as normal or as Sodomites and those who answer "no" as ignoramuses. We will do a dee…
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Join a presentation as we learn how farm workers have been excluded from federal labor protections such as overtime pay, the right to unionize, etc. The culture of exploitation in the Agricultural Industry continues today. Recent labor trafficking cases and attempts to lower the wages of H-2A agricultural guest workers demonstrate the need for chan…
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The temptation to zealotry has long been a part of religious life for better and for worse. This class will draw upon rabbinic texts, modern Jewish thought, and psychoanalysis to help us better understand zealotry's profound dangers and why it remains a necessary part of religious life. STAY CONNECTED: Website: utzedek.org Newsletter: utzedek.org/s…
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Join Rabbi Menashe for a Zoom class on Loneliness and Ethical Conduct with Torah sources. Rabbi Menashe East is the senior rabbi at the Mt Freedom Jewish Center in Randolph NJ. He is also an LCSW with a concentration in sex therapy. Currently, Rabbi Menashe is on staff as an adjunct professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Menashe is marr…
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Many Americans lack access to affordable drinking water. Before the pandemic, Detroit residents unable to afford the exorbitant rates--in some cases 10% of their income--even had their water shut off. Legislation is being advanced in Michigan state legislature to ban future shutoffs and to ensure that Michigan residents don't have to pay more than …
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Join Uri L'Tzedek's Campaign Director Eddie Chavez Calderon for a detailed class on immigrant justice. Utilizing Torah sources we can discuss how we can move away from tolerance of strangers to a more loving humanitarian approach to supporting migrants. STAY CONNECTED: Website: utzedek.org Newsletter: utzedek.org/subscribe Facebook: facebook.com/ur…
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Australia is currently in the middle of a referendum vote to amend our constitution to recognize Aboriginal Australians as the First Nations people of our country. STAY CONNECTED: Website: utzedek.org Newsletter: utzedek.org/subscribe Facebook: facebook.com/uriltzedek YouTube: / @uriltzedek1140 Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/uri-ltze…
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Join a detailed discussion with the founder of Mosaic Visions Dee Sanae on the complexities of social justice work rooted in Jewish ethics. STAY CONNECTED: Website: utzedek.org Newsletter: utzedek.org/subscribe Facebook: facebook.com/uriltzedek YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UC_htFNr9duz-KJiXdtW8pIw Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/uri-l…
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Join a detailed discussion on the adaption, customs, and lives of diaspora Jews from across Latin America. Learn about migrational justice that has a unique calling to Jews all over the globe. Dr. Analucía Lopezrevoredo (she/her/ella) is a Peruvian-Chilean-American sociologist, born in Peru and raised in Spain and the United States. A scholar of Je…
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Join a night of celebration and learning as we give Tali Fitoussi's award in Paris and celebrate this year's Torat Chayim award recipients. STAY CONNECTED: Website: www.utzedek.org Newsletter: www.utzedek.org/subscribe Facebook: www.facebook.com/uriltzedek Apple Podcasts: www.podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/uri-ltzedek/id1603706369 Spotify: open.spot…
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Rabbi Jason Weiner at Uri L’Tzedek on “Exploring Halacha on Living Kidney Donation” This is a detailed discussion of the personal, Halakhic and Torah issues to consider related to contemporary living organ donation. A Text study as well as personal anecdotes. Watch the video recording of this class on Uri L’Tzedek’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/cha…
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Rabbi Daniel Raphael Silverstein at Uri L’Tzedek on "Jews and Humanity: Evolution of a Conversation" For this session where we will explore diverse views of Gentiles in key Jewish texts, from our earlier biblical texts, and down through the many generations of rabbinic teachings. Some of the texts we will read together emphasize Jewish chosenness o…
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Watch the video recording of this class on Uri L’Tzedek’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/channel/UC_htFNr9duz-KJiXdtW8pIw - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - STAY CONNECTED: Website: utzedek.org Newsletter: utzedek.org/subscribe Facebook: facebook.com/uriltzedek YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UC_htFNr9duz-KJiXdtW8pIw Apple Podcasts: podca…
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Watch the video recording of this class on Uri L’Tzedek’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/channel/UC_htFNr9duz-KJiXdtW8pIw - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - STAY CONNECTED: Website: utzedek.org Newsletter: utzedek.org/subscribe Facebook: facebook.com/uriltzedek YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UC_htFNr9duz-KJiXdtW8pIw Apple Podcasts: podca…
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Watch the video recording of this class on Uri L’Tzedek’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/channel/UC_htFNr9duz-KJiXdtW8pIw - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - STAY CONNECTED: Website: utzedek.org Newsletter: utzedek.org/subscribe Facebook: facebook.com/uriltzedek YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UC_htFNr9duz-KJiXdtW8pIw Apple Podcasts: podca…
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Watch the video recording of this class on Uri L’Tzedek’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/channel/UC_htFNr9duz-KJiXdtW8pIw STAY CONNECTED: Website: utzedek.org Newsletter: utzedek.org/subscribe Facebook: facebook.com/uriltzedek YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UC_htFNr9duz-KJiXdtW8pIw Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/uri-ltzedek/id1603706369 …
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And if not now, then when? Everyday Life Social Justice Social Justice may sometimes feels like remote from our daily lives, as it belonged to heroes or to exceptional circumstances. Yet in Jewish culture it is built in the fabric of everyday. By being commanded to care for the orphan, the widow, the stranger and even our enemy, not only are we inv…
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Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, Jonah Goldman, Emma Goldblatt & Eddie Chavez Calderon discuss Caring For Workers Animals & Our Environment: A Torah Revolution Watch the video recording of this class on Uri L’Tzedek’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/channel/UC_htFNr9duz-KJiXdtW8pIw - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - STAY CONNECTED: Website: utz…
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Rabbi Marianne Novak at Uri L’Tzedek on “Parasha Ki Tavo: Deja Vu or a template for preparing for Teshuva for the High Holidays?" EVENT DESCRIPTION Parasha Ki Tavo contains a myriad of severe curses that God promises will occur to the Jewish people if they don’t obey the commandments. We have actually seen most of these curses before in Parasha Bec…
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Rabbi Aharon Ariel Lavi at Uri L'Tzedek on Shmita: Then and Now Seven, the new book by Aharon Ariel Lavi, is one of the first attempts of its kind to interpret the ancient idea of Shmita (the Biblical Sabbatical year) in relation to contemporary economic and social issues: sustainability, community, the job market, the debt crisis, economic cycles,…
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Chief Rabbi Jair Melchior at Uri L’Tzedek on “Is Pluralism a Punishment?" EVENT DESCRIPTION An in-depth reading of the story of the Tower of Babel. Watch the video recording of this class on Uri L’Tzedek’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/channel/UC_htFNr9duz-KJiXdtW8pIw - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - STAY CONNECTED: Website: utzedek…
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Noam Zion at Uri L'Tzedek on Maimonide’s Tzedakah vs Paul’s Charity - Two Narratives of Giving, Two Religious Worldviews. Both Paul and Maimonides not only preached about charity and tzedakah, but they also engaged in public fundraising for the needy. However, Paul’s and Maimonides’ ideals of religious giving and its motivation are very different. …
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Rabbanit Bracha Jaffę at Uri L'Tzedek on "The Three Weeks: Old Mourning vs. New Mourning" Come and learn about how our sages structured our most intense period of communal mourning as an exact inverse of our private mourning practices. This class spends some moments reflecting on what we might be mourning in today's world: loss of peace, loss of fr…
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Rabbi Haim Ovadia at Uri L’Tzedek on “The Book of Job as the Guide for Jewish Ethics" EVENT DESCRIPTION The Book of Job is traditionally perceived as a treatise about good and evil and about the age-old problem of Divine Justice, or theodicy. This class suggests that the Book of Job presents a new stage in the development of Jewish ethics, and that…
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Rabbi Barry Dolinger at Uri L'Tzedek on Get Abuse: The Problem and the Solutions Using real case details, this class will features an overview of the many systems, some hidden and some transparent, that Support & Incentivize gett abuse and agunot in the United States. The class also examines emergent solutions and policy strategies to solve the cri…
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