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.

Related Events

  • JUFJ Annapolis Team Call

    January 29 | 8:00 pm9:30 pm

    JUFJ’s Maryland strategy teams meet on Wednesday evenings throughout the General Assembly’s legislative session. Join us!

  • Embracing Our Mixed Multitude

    February 2 | 10:00 am12:30 pm

    Join us for a panel and discussion on the racial diversity of the Jewish community; experiences of being non-white in predominantly white Jewish spaces; and how those in the majority can help make a difference.

  • JUFJ Annapolis Team Call

    February 5 | 8:00 pm9:30 pm

    JUFJ’s Maryland strategy teams meet on Wednesday evenings throughout the General Assembly’s legislative session. Join us!

  • Montgomery Convening: Annapolis Action Night Prep

    February 6 | 7:00 pm9:00 pm

    Building a more just Maryland means taking our values to Annapolis to tell our legislators what matters to our Jewish community. Join us in Rockville to prepare for this year’s Annapolis Action Night.

Montgomery County Organizers