On October 22, almost 30 people joined us for RJV’s annual retreat, this year hosted at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue. We began the day by hearing from Joy Friedman, director of organizing at the Religious Action Center, who discussed her own Jewish identity and how it informed her drive for justice, then launched a conversation about what the future of RJV might look like. The core of the day was dedicated to our breakout sessions, in which we practiced a variety of important advocacy skills and discussed issue areas that RJV has worked on in the past, with an eye towards thinking about how we hoped to be involved in the issues going forward. We finished the day by hearing from Daniel Squadron, former state senator and Executive Director of Future Now. Senator Squadron discussed how intensely focused organizing and advocacy efforts at a state and local scale can have an outsized impact in affecting policy. The retreat was a valuable experience for everyone involved. We hope you join us for next year’s retreat!
We thank the departing steering committee members for their work in pursuit of a world of justice compassion and wholeness, and are excited for the new members and their work in creating an Empire State of Tzedek!