A Hanukkah Message from JCA

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We place the hanukkiyah in our windows for others to see its light: a reminder of our community's resilience, and an invitation to envision a brighter future.  As we count the nights of Hanukkah, the light grows.  And our vision of justice, compassion and fairness - the better world we're fighting for - gets easier and easier to see.  Hanukkah is a wonderful reminder of purpose.  We know that while the work of Tikkun Olam is never really finished, we are still bending the moral arc of the universe toward justice.

We might not see the destination, but the Hanukkah light illuminates the path.

And we've seen this community, year after year, live out that conviction.  One meeting at a time.  One canvass at a time.  One act of solidarity at a time.  That's what we'll be thinking of when we light our first candle.

We've achieved so much together in the past year.  We gathered as a community across the metro area to fight for affordable, dignified housing, and worked with St. Louis Park to create a working group to study the negative effects of an unfair tenant ordinance.  Hundreds of volunteers knocked on over 800 doors during our Deep Canvasses.  We trained two cohorts of the Tzedek Institute in leadership and organizing.  We've marched in the streets, testified at city hall, and organized in synagogues and on doorsteps.  And we've begun a new project - one of intentional work with fellow progressives statewide to build a shared analysis of antisemitism, how it undermines our fight for justice, and how we're going to dismantle and defeat it.

This Hanukkah, we hope you'll invest in a brighter world with your support for our strong Jewish voice for racial and economic justice in Minnesota.

Happy Hanukkah, and all our love,

Carin, Imogen, Dave, Lauren, Isi, Aaron, Jacob, Chris and Jamie

Carin Mrotz

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