The citizens of Washington have spoken: No more gun violence

By Rabbi Joshua Samuels I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life (Deut 30:19). This week, Washingtonians voted overwhelmingly in favor of Initiative 1639, the only gun-regulation measure on any state ballot this November. With the passage of this initiative, Washington now has one of the strictest firearms laws in […]


Prop 10 Defeat: A Lost Opportunity to Achieve Fair Housing

LOS ANGELES — In response to the failure of Proposition 10 on the California ballot, Rabbi Joel Thal Simonds, Executive Director of the Jewish Center for Justice, released the following statement: “The Jewish Center for Justice is troubled by the defeat of Proposition 10 in California, a ballot measure to repeal the grievous Costa-Hawkins Rental […]


Victory in California: 8 Bills Recently Signed into Law

By Rabbi Joel Simonds Over the past few months, the JCJ community in California has been working with diverse coalitions to pass legislation that would strengthen our state’s gun violence prevention laws, protect our environment, assist those struggling with poverty, reform our criminal justice system, and protect our immigrant community. Below is a list of […]


Why JCJ?

By Leah Sternberg My name is Leah Sternberg and I am JCJ’s Manager of Jewish Engagement and Advocacy and a 5th year rabbinic student at Hebrew Union College.  I am thrilled to be joining the JCJ team this year and will use this amazing opportunity to fuse my passion for Judaism and justice together with such […]


I Am Collecting a Flower Drawing for all 711 Children Still Separated from their Families 

I Am Collecting a Flower Drawing for all 711 Children Still Separated from their Families   By Hannah Levine, JCJ 2018 Summer Intern As of 8/10/2018 559 children remain separated from their families. When the Trump Administration began its policy of separating immigrant children from their families at the border, I was particularly upset. I […]