JUFJ’s work in Montgomery County is constantly growing and evolving. Inspired by the sacred values of our Jewish tradition and by the history of our ancestors who sought justice, we mobilize our Jewish communities to advance economic, racial, and social justice in our county.
JUFJ partners with a number of Montgomery County organizations to ensure that local police treat all county residents with dignity and respect. We are currently rallying our community to support a civilian policing advisory commission and the hiring of a new police chief committed to accountability and transparency. This past May, the County Council passed the LETT Act, a law JUFJ supported that requires an external investigation when a police officer kills a civilian.
We also fight to strengthen local policies that protect our immigrant neighbors, and recently celebrated the Promoting Community Trust Executive Order, which prohibits County government and law enforcement from cooperating with ICE. JUFJ also supports the County Council’s initiative to develop a racial equity policy, and advocates each year for a budget that enhances desperately needed funds for vital social services.
In the past few years our Montgomery County team has worked on statewide issues in collaboration with JUFJ’s Baltimore team, focusing on criminal justice reform, renters’ rights, immigration justice, and more. We have hosted a series of film screenings, discussions, and workshops on racial justice and implicit bias with Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, and are offering additional trainings on the intersection of antisemitism and white supremacy.
In 2017, JUFJ was a leader in the Fight for $15 coalition’s campaign to pass a $15 minimum wage in Montgomery County. Thanks to the efforts of our organizers, leaders, and coalition partners, the County Council unanimously passed a strong minimum wage bill, giving over 100,000 Montgomery County workers a well-deserved raise.
March 3 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Committees are holding hearings on important bills to make sure that police are held accountable to the community. Sign up to testify or to help JUFJ pack the chamber.
March 4 | 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
JUFJ’s Maryland strategy teams meet on Wednesday evenings throughout the General Assembly’s legislative session. Join us!
March 5 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Judicial Proceedings Committee is holding a hearing on an important bill to make sure that incarcerated and returning voters have access to a ballot. Sign up to testify or to help JUFJ pack the chamber.
March 8 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Esther prepared a feast to make the case for justice for the Jewish people in the Purim story. JUFJ is preparing Hamantaschen (triangle cookies) and Mishloach Manot (gift bags) to make the case for justice for the people of Maryland.