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Join the Economic Justice Committee:

If you are interested in social and economic justice work, we invite you to join us. The Economic Justice Committee (EJC) meets at the synagogue from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month.

To keep abreast of our activities, please read our monthly blog on Kol Kehilla. Also, please note specific EJC and other opportunities in Rabbi David’s biweekly “Social Action Opportunities” email.

For more information, please contact interim chair Mandy Bratt at or call her at (510) 383-9918.


History: the EJC Joins OCO

Kehilla’s Economic Justice Committee was formed in 2005 to represent Kehilla’s economic Tikkun Olam efforts in the greater community. Seeking a wider community connection in our work, in 2006 Kehilla joined Oakland Community Organizations (OCO), a multi-ethnic, interfaith, intergenerational group working together to improve the quality of life in Oakland. OCO is a powerful force for local social and economic justice and also has a voice in the PICO National Network, a federation of faith-based community organizations in 17 states and Washington, DC. The EJC is a Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and serves as liaison between Kehilla and OCO.


Current Action Areas We Participate in:

  • Affordable housing
  • Violence intervention programs
  • Immigration rights – including the new Sanctuary Movement to shelter refugees who are under threat of deportation without due process


Recent Actions:

  • Exhibit and vigil at the Fruitvale BART Station in honor of International Migrants Day on December 18, 2015
  • Canvassing in El Cerrito and Richmond to ask residents to put up “Refugees Welcome Here” and “Stop Profiling Muslims” posters in their windows on January 2, 2015.
  • Volunteering at the Alameda County Community Food Bank in the fall of 2015.


Examples of Past Actions We Have Participated in:

  • Vigils at the West Contra Costa County Detention Center in support of immigrants who are separated from their families and denied legal recourse
  • Creation of green jobs as a pathway out of poverty for at-risk young people.
  • Bank accountability and foreclosure prevention
  • Encouraged participation in the “Move Your Money” campaign to local banks and credit unions.
  • Proposition 30 electoral campaign (2012) to raise much-needed funds for education and the state through a progressive tax
  • Oakland ballot measures such as raising the minimum wage to $12.25/hour (Measure FF approved in 2014).
  • Proposition 47 (passed in 2014) to decrease sentences for drug possession and low-level property crimes and permit many ex-offenders to clean felonies off their records
  • California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights campaign (enacted in 2014)
  • Homeowners’ Bill of Rights Campaign (enacted in 2013)
  • Rebuilding Together – upgrading housing of low-income residents of Oakland, in partnership with Rebuilding Together Oakland and other congregations
  • Film showings of “Inequality for All,” “Heist,” and “John Brown’s Body at San Quentin Prison”
  • Ceasefire walks in the city of Oakland to offer support for neighborhoods dealing with high murder rates.


Other Affiliations:

  1. East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition (EBIIC): advocates for comprehensive, values-based immigration reform and supports local undocumented workers and families caught in the inhumane immigration system.
  2. East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE): works to improve economic conditions for low-income workers.
  3. East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO): supports efforts to increase affordable and secure housing.

Again, we invite you to join us. We are an active, dedicated committee and always welcome new input and new energy.

  • Economic Justice Committee: A Political Engagement Workshop by Karen Rachels
    On April 2, Kehilla’s Economic Justice Committee (EJC) presented a “Political Engagement Workshop.” The aim was to provide a venue where, in the aftermath of the November election and in a sense of shared community, neighbors and members of the Kehilla congregation could gather to discuss and commit to future actions regarding pressing … >>
  • Political Engagement Workshop Handout On April 2, 2017, the Economic Justice Committee conducted a Political Engagement Workshop at Kehilla. Attended by more than 100 people, the workshop helped participants identify specific actions they wanted to take in eight different critical areas of political concern. A handout listing the actions suggested by resource people in these eight areas was distributed. … >>
  • A Political Engagement Workshop: Sunday, April 2, 4-7pm Political Engagement Speakers Announced
    A diverse range of California activists will share their expertise at a Political Engagement Workshop taking place at Kehilla April 2 from 4 to 7 p.m.
    The tentative list of speakers includes current and former staffers from the U.S. Congress, Oakland Community Organizations, the Alameda County Food Bank, the Coalition for Police Accountability, … >>

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