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.
September 8 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation and JUFJ on September 8th for a workshop exploring how racism and antisemitism function in society, including how they divide people, internalize oppression, and their role in the white nationalist movement. The facilitators will be Rabbi Mordechai Lie…
September 9 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join JUFJ and our partners to let the County Council’s Public Safety Committee know we want the strongest, most independent Civilian Policing Advisory Commission.
September 22 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join JUFJ for a performance of FAIRVIEW at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, followed by a discussion of the play’s place in our discourse around racial equity in our region.
October 6 | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
It’s a new year and time for the most important chance of the year to learn the ins-and-outs of the campaigns JUFJ will be taking on this legislative session and how we can work for justice together. Whether you are a seasoned activist, coming back for another year of making change in Annapolis, o…