“Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof - Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20)
The ISJL Department of Community Engagement completes the ISJL's mission by working in partnership with a broad network of service-based organizations, including public schools, nonprofits, churches, and community groups, to address a range of social issues that affect all people in the Southern region. The Department of Community Engagement also works with Jewish congregations in the region to establish strong and ongoing relationships with individuals and institutions in their local communities.
These relationships are the foundation for cooperative ventures that enable congregations from the ISJL service area to participate in meaningful and impactful efforts that improve education and advance justice for everyone in their communities. Through this department, the ISJL strengthens and enhances a proud tradition of pursuing justice in our communities, a defining and vital element of many Southern Jewish experiences.
Most of our programs are piloted in Jackson, Mississippi, the home of the ISJL staff. The Department of Community Engagement then works with congregations across the region to implement sustainable, meaningful programs locally, working with their own community partners.
We also offer an ISJL Community Engagement Fellowship. ISJL Community Engagement Fellows develop and implement programs addressing unmet needs for under-served communities, collaborate to create cross-departmental programming, network with regional social service organizations and religious institutions, create engaging Jewish social justice initiatives, and travel to recruit and train our program partners. Learn more about the Fellowship here, or download the job description at the bottom of this section.
Want to know more about what we do? Learn more about our current initiatives here!
You can also explore the history of this department.
Rachel Glazer, Community Engagement Fellow, with Dave Miller, Director of Community Engagement, at the 2016 Mississippi Center for Justice Dinner