takin’ it to the streets

October 11, 2006

Sort of. Takin’ it to the synagogue is a better description but isn’t nearly as catchy.

If you’ve been with me from the start, you’ll remember way back when (all the way back to, oh, May) that I posted a bit about the campaign I’ve been working on with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) called Shalom Bayit: Justice for Domestic Workers. (You can read my words about the campaign here) This past summer, I focused a lot of my JFREJ energy working as part of a small group of JFREJ members on building a curriculum for an adult education course at a synagogue in New York City. And the course is coming up! If you live in New York and you’ve got a few Thursday evenings free in December, join us! Clicky here for info on how to register or email me for more information (saltyfemme at gmail). And look forward to a post-course write-up in December.

The full description:

Shalom Bayit/ Peace in the Home: a Jewish Perspective on Social Justice and Domestic Workers’ Rights

$24 (CBST and JFREJ Members)/ $36 for three sessions: Thursdays, December 7, 14 and 20, 6:30-7:55PM, preceded by a Friday evening after-service shmooze on November 17, 2006.

This three-session interactive course will be led by Rabbi Eli Kukla, Director of Education of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) in New York City (www.jfrej.org), as an outgrowth of the political education work of Shalom Bayit: the Justice for Domestic Workers Campaign created by JFREJ. Rabbi Kukla will be joined by other rabbis, employers of domestic workers, members of both the Shalom Bayit campaign and Domestic Workers United in bringing to life a Jewish perspective on social justice and labor rights in New York City today. Domestic work is a particularly powerful subject of study because it lies at the intersection of multiple struggles for social justice: feminism, anti-racism, immigrants’ rights, and labor rights.

The first session will examine the issue of power from a Jewish perspective, and then focus more specifically on issues of gender, class and race. What is power? How do we experience power in our own lives? During the second session, we will look to Jewish texts for a socio-historical perspective on diverse Jewish labor experiences and Jewish perspectives on labor ethics. In the final session, we will enter the landscape of domestic work in NYC and the global economy, examining the issues facing domestic workers and their employers. What is the relationship between the modern women’s movement and the domestic work sector? How do Jewish values inform ethical standards for employment? The course will end with an exploration of current opportunities to move outside the classroom in order to work for justice here in New York City.


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