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The Jewish Center for Justice is a distinguished social justice, education, and leadership development platform that empowers current and future leaders to build a more compassionate and just society.

A diverse movement and community spanning generations and denominations, JCJ connects Jewish justice activists with unique opportunities to formulate their voices and make a real impact on issues such as immigration, gun violence prevention, economic justice, climate change, and more.

“Engaging with JCJ on campus has enriched my college experience by providing the tools and confidence I needed to raise my voice for justice, as well as a better understanding of how my activism is intrinsically linked to my Judaism.”
— Kevin Gibson, UC Berkeley 

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STATEMENT: JCJ Urges Confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court

STATEMENT: JCJ Urges Confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court

Ahead of the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, which begin today, the Jewish Center for Justice has issued the following statement:

The JCJ Board of Directors, together with JCJ’s Lawyers’ Committee and judicial nominations working group, has carefully reviewed the qualifications and achievements of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. Upon review and consideration, the Jewish Center for Justice strongly encourages the Senate to confirm the nomination of Judge Brown Jackson to the nation’s highest court.

 

Judge Brown Jackson has served on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, as a United States district judge, and on the federal Court of Appeals in Washington, DC. She has a demonstrated record of defending policies of concern to the Jewish Center for Justice community, including criminal justice reform, reproductive rights and other individual civil rights. As a former public defender, Judge Brown Jackson will bring a voice and perspective to the Supreme Court that has long been missing.

 

Judge Jackson has had an illustrative career, beginning with three federal clerkships, including a clerkship for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. She served as a federal trial judge for eight years before being confirmed as a judge on the Court of Appeals for the prestigious D.C. Circuit. Her nomination to the Circuit Court enjoyed bipartisan support. She is eminently qualified to serve as a Justice of the Supreme Court. 

 

Importantly, if Judge Brown Jackson’s nomination is confirmed, she will be the first Black woman on the Court, a long overdue development. Her personal history and lived experience would undoubtedly enrich the Court’s work and decisions. The Jewish Center for Justice unreservedly supports Judge Brown Jackson’s nomination. 

Read JCJ’s full set of criteria for vetting federal judicial nominees here.

JCJ Judicial Nominations Working Group

  • Ariella Simonds
  • Michelle Sampson
  • Julie Bank
  • Abbi Hertz
  • Lisa Laffer
  • Elias Chajet
  • Rabbi Joel Simonds

JCJ Celebrates Confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

Following the Senate confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court, the Jewish Center for Justice has issued the following statement: The Jewish Center for Justice celebrates the confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the...

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Tips for a justice-centered Passover Seder

During our Passover Seder, we retell the story of our ancestors' movement from enslavement to a free people. Our Israelite forebears endured generations of cruelty and oppression until God appeared to Moses in the form of a burning bush and our Exodus story began to...

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Today, we celebrate the promise of America, which is not a linear path but a curved road with valleys and peaks. The beauty of America is that when we are in the valley, we celebrate the future and look toward ascending to that peak together. And with the horrific shooting in Chicago today, and the countless other shootings in America that will not be covered in the news, we know that our work of creating the America that we deserve is still far away. #fourthofjuly #america ...

Pride Month is almost over, but it's always a good time to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. JCJ is mobilizing Jewish communities and LGBTQ+ advocacy groups as well as people of faith in support of The Equality Act. Click the link in our bio to take action. #PrideMonth #LGBTQ #EqualityAct ...

Shortly after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, JCJ Summer Legislative Fellow August Hochman joined thousands in New York City to protest. Not able to protest? View our action alert (in bio) for steps you can take. #abortionrights #supremecourt #scotus #reproductiverights #roevwade ...

As expected, the Supreme Court has handed down its ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. Now is the time for Action. Take action with the Jewish Center for Justice by supporting national, state and local legislative proposals aimed at protecting the right to choose, and by donating to further our efforts to protect this sacred right (link in bio). #RoeVsWade #SCOTUS #supremecourt #reproductiverights ...

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