Kol Tzedek means Voice for Justice. We are committed to being a voice of justice in our neighborhood, communities, city, and nation. As a congregation, we engage with social justice issues in a number of ways. Through our services and programs, we reflect on Jewish sources for social change and the ways in which Judaism motivates us to be agents of positive change in the world.
After the election in November 2016, KT members felt that we needed to increase and expand our social justice efforts as a community. Congregants came together to explore: why do we organize for justice as a Jewish congregation? What issues, campaigns, and struggles in our city and the world could we support as a congregation and community? In 2017 we are continuing our ongoing with POWER, joining the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia and building working groups to support our neighbors refugee Support, Muslim Solidarity ,and Black Lives Matter and anti-racism. Below are information on each group, and who to contact to get involved.
We are a proud member of POWER: Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild, a consortium of faith communities from across the city that organizes Philadelphians to make our city a better place. Through POWER, we are working on making Philadelphia a city of opportunity for all. Read more about POWER's work here, and join our efforts to bring to our city good jobs and great schools, as well as a pathway to citizenship for all immigrants. For more information, contact Liz Manlin at email@example.com or Aviva Joffe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Muslim Solidarity Project
The Muslim Solidarity Project is for Kol Tzedek members to stand with and support Muslims in our community. Our goal is to create relationships with local Muslim communities, and to work with them against Islamophobia and discrimination. For more information, contact Rachel Wener: email@example.com.
New Sanctuary Movement
New Sanctuary Movement is a city-wide interfaith coalition for immigration justice. As a member congregation, Kol Tzedek members in this working group participate in rapid response actions and long-term campaigns with congregations across the city to fight for justice for immigrants. We also work on educating ourselves and community about the ongoing changes and struggles faced by immigrants among us.
For more information, contact mj kaufman: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black Lives Matter & Anti-Racism
The leadership and focus for this Project is currently being developed. Please contact Zoe and Jessica (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information and to get involved.
The Refugee Support Committee is Kol Tzedek's channel for connecting with the refugee and asylum seeker communities in the Philadelphia region. We do so by identifying the many initiatives and organizations working to support refugees in a variety of ways throughout the city, and connecting the Kol Tzedek community with opportunities to volunteer and engage with communities in need through a Jewish lens. We are currently forming partnerships with HIAS, Nationalities Service Center, the American Friends Service Committee, the PA Refugee Task Force, Al Bustan Seeds of Culture, and others. For more information please contact Ruthie Wyshogrod at email@example.com.