In this article from Tikkun, Amy Dean discusses alternative community groups springing up across the country, and suggests that Conservative and Reform Judaism, as well as the labor movement, might learn a thing or two from them. These new groups, Dean explains, are “highly localized” and innovative, and offer a new model for social justice work—whether that work is rooted in faith or labor. She concludes that new branches within the Conservative and Reform movements and the labor movement are “the best hope for [the movements'] continuity, whatever form that takes.”
Dean is, among other things, the current board co-chair of Bend the Arc, Jewish Community Action’s national affiliate. For more information on Dean, and to read her interesting article on Tikkun, click here.