July 28, 2011— Today leaders from JCUA are in Washington, D.C. meeting with Sen. Dick Durbin and his staff on the federal DREAM Act and other immigration issues. Tomorrow they join some 160 other representatives of organizations that are part of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable (JSJRT) at the White House for a policy briefing to exchange ideas on housing, healthcare, food justice and education. The JSJRT is a group of 21 nonprofit organizations promoting economic and social justice as a core tenet of Jewish life.
“Many people think the Jewish community has only one message to bring to Washington and it’s about Israel,” said Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, director of the Jewish Life and Values Program of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, which funds the JSJRT. “In reality, the Jewish community is deeply involved in issues of social justice here and around the globe. We are so pleased to have been invited to discuss these issues with the White House staff as we work to create a more just world.”