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Tzedek Winter 2019 Update

Updated: Mar 7, 2019

Some awesome Tzedek events have been going on! This post is both an overview of some of the cool things Gilboa teens have been doing recently and reason to get excited for the cool work that will continue into the spring.

Building Partnerships

In late January, a group of Tzedek participants in the Bay Area planned and facilitated an educational event for families at San Francisco's Beth Sholom congregation on the year’s Tzedek focus, immigration justice. Because what better a way for Gilboa to build relationships than by putting our best foot forward and on display - youth led, social justice oriented Jewish education!

Tzedek participants split into committees to both plan the program for Beth Sholom and to plan an educational space for ourselves beforehand - to make sure we felt like informed educators. The program we ended up creating focused on exploring immigration issues in the current political moment through a Jewish values lens. And we ended with an interactive carnival of different activist stations - from contacting representatives to creating social media in order to make our voices heard. It was a promising educational moment for all those participating and an important step for Gilboa in building relationships within the California progressive Jewish community. It’s through these partnerships that we build a future of Jewish justice together.

Tzedek Kvutza Seminars

Throughout February, Tzedek participants gathered in two separate locations to participate in Gilboa’s first ever set of Tzedek Kvutza seminars.

11th Grade Seminar in the Bay

In mid-February the 11th graders of Tzedek met in Oakland for the first of these two seminars. After an opening discussion about movement ecology and how Tzedek can situate itself within a wider immigration justice landscape, we left our cozy home base in the Oakland hills and met with Kenan Arun from the LGBT Asylum Project to learn about the intersection of immigration justice and LGBT rights. It was thought provoking and grounded our learning about immigration justice in the stories and humanity of those affected. When there are issues as broad and difficult as immigration in the US today, it's important to remember that vulnerable populations in society are always most affected.

Following, we met with Rose Mendelsohn from Bay Resistance. There we spoke about how the post-2016 election resurgence in social justice can work to support long-standing community justice efforts. Then we took the values to the streets and handed out fliers in front of financial institutions that have been profiting off of family separations and private immigration prisons. We asked customers to put pressure on their financial institutions to divest from these companies. These sorts of discussions are always complicated and difficult, especially with strangers, but the group was really brave in making connections and starting conversations.