“Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof - Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue”
The ISJL Department of Community Engagement works in partnership with a broad network of service-based organizations, including public schools, nonprofits, churches, community groups, and Jewish community members to address a range of social issues that affect all people in the Southern region.
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.
Our main program areas are literacy, peer mediation / conflict resolution, and our ASK (Ask, Share, Keep) congregational study-and-service modules.
Most of our programs are piloted in Jackson, Mississippi, the home of the ISJL staff; once developed, programs are replicated in other communities. We're committed to being a positive partner in improving lives and outcomes in our southern states.
We also offer an ISJL Community Engagement Fellowship: ISJL Community Engagement Fellows develop and implement programs addressing unmet needs for underserved 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.
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