Speak up, judge righteously, champion the poor and the needy. (Proverbs 31:9)

A Reform Jewish Advocacy Group

Tzedek Georgia is enlisting members of Reform Jewish Congregations in Georgia in an effort to advocate the state legislature on issues consistent with the Jewish mandate of Tikun Olam, repairing the world.  Members from of congregations advocate on bills concerning social justice in the state legislature. In addition we welcome all Jews who are passionate about social justice to join us.

The goal is to have delegations from all of our Reform Congregations to meet with their Georgia State Legislators at the Capitol. Participants will be trained on how to advocate effectively.

People who are oppressed and poor, who cannot plead for themselves, nor pay others to plead for them, need us to speak for them. Proverbs 31:9 is a teaching that God expects us to speak up on behalf of the vulnerable in our society to government legislators who make the civil laws that we live by. Poverty and hunger in our country and state have increased significantly. 

You can join the great tradition of Jewish social justice advocates from Moses to Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel who spoke truth to power to enact just laws or to oppose or repeal unjust ones. While the URJ’s Religious Action Center in Washington, DC engages in the legislative process nationally, many social justice issues are resolved at the state level. The issues that we will lobby for or against must be compatible with the positions taken by the URJ resolutions adopted by at URJ Biennials or resolutions passed by the URJ Board of Trustees.

To join the effort and for more information please contact tzedekgeorgia@yahoo.com.

Justice, justice shall you pursue. (Deuteronomy 16:20)