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 Rodfei Tzedek - Pursuers of Justice


PSJC members at the Lights for Liberty Vigil.

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Past Events

Lights for Liberty: NYC 
Friday, July 12
Foley Square | 7:00PM
To travel with a group from PSJC, we will meet at the stoop at 5:30PM. For those who want to attend services or to start Shabbat in Brooklyn, please join Rabbi Carter at PSJC.  We are going to light long-lasting candles at the start of Shabbat services—and leave them visible throughout the service. Please contact Rabbi Carter for more details about the special additions to our service on July 12.

HIAS-Brownstone Brooklyn Project to Support Refugee Family--How you can help
Some of you may remember that over a year ago, CBE, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue and Kane Street Synagogue partnered to become a HIAS host organization, pledging to support a refugee family. As PSJC Rodfei Tzedek representatives to the Brownstone Brooklyn Synagogue Coalition for Refugees, we promised to keep the PSJC community informed about the progress of the project and ways we could be supportive.  
Because of the trickle of families coming through the refugee admissions program, HIAS retooled their host organization model to support an asylum seeking family, and now the CBE/Brooklyn Heights/Kane St. partnership has been matched with a family. They are working to find housing, vocational training, employment, and childcare for a young couple from Chad and their infant son, and provide them with financial counseling.  
Not surprisingly, the top priority is to find a new home for them, starting on June 1st. They are looking for a safe, quiet place in New York City or New Jersey within a reasonable commute to midtown Manhattan, where the father works for an IT company. If you own a building and would consider renting to this lovely family, or if you know of someone who would, please email  Thank you.
Once the family is settled here, we will be in touch with more information about them, and additional ways we can support them in making a new life in the NYC area. --Laura Wolff and Rachel Danzing

Addressing Israel’s Refugee Crisis with Tamara Newman of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants
Friday, March 29 | 7:30PM

Following Kabbalat Shabbat and a Vegetarian/Dairy/Pareve Potluck Dinner, we will have the opportunity to learn from Tamara Newman, Director of International Relations at the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants in Israel. They are on the cutting edge in protecting the rights of refugees, migrant workers and victims of human trafficking, issues that are sadly all-too-relevant on both sides of the ocean. Thanks to NIF for bringing this opportunity to our community. Contact or to RSVP:

Puerto Rican Hurricane Victims Still Need Help

We are collecting items needed by the community in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, based on a request by someone in that town who is connected to one of our congregants. We will ship donated items to a local church for distribution. Please drop off any donated items by Sunday, November 19.

List of needed items:

  • Flashlights
  • Battery operated fans
  • Solar powered lamps (Costco has these)
  • Any light that can be solar powered (garden lights for example)
  • Transistor radios battery operated
  • Batteries A, AA, C, & D
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hand sanitizer

If you want to make a donation to Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico, consider this organization:

C+Feel=Hope – grassroots campaign started by 15 year old from PR, provides solar lights, phone chargers and hand powered washers, click here to show your support.

PSJC Rodfei Tzedek Action
Sunday, October 22 | 12:00PM-2:45PM
Helping kids in our neighborhood. There are homeless children living in Brooklyn with their families--and we want to give them fun snack kits to make their days cheerier. This is the first in a monthly series of Actions "to help repair our world" organized by our Rodfei Tzedek committee. Stop by--lend a hand--and in less than half an hour make a difference for someone in need. Contact Rabbi Carter for more information. 

International Migrants Day
Sunday, December 18 | 1:00PM
The Rodfei Tzedek Committee has been discussing ways to inform the PSJC community about ways to support refugees and immigrants. Join us to March for the Immigrant New York. 

The New York Immigration Coalition is mobilizing City residents to speak out in support of our immigrant communities. 
Meeting Point: Dag Hammerskjold Plaza in Manhattan (East 48th St between 1st and 2nd Ave in Manhattan)
The Call to Action:

Defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides 50,000 New Yorkers (and 700,000 + nationally) with work permits and other essential resources

  • Protect immigrant communities from deportation
  • Prevent the creation of a Muslim registry
  • Support refugee resettlement

Border Crossers Conversation About Race
Sunday, October 30 | 1:00PM-5:00PM
Please join us for this very special opportunity! Through a grant from the UJA-Federation of NY, we are able to offer this training for FREE on Talking About Race.
Border Crossers’ mission is to train and empower people to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in our schools and communities. We are so excited to have PSJC members take part in this very special event. Open to adults in the community and including a focus on talking with children, the training will help people gain:
Tools to address misconceptions about race and reverse unconscious racial bias
Skills for approaching age-appropriate conversations using a racial equity lens
Deeper understanding for how children see race. RSVP REQUIRED

Rodfei Tzedek Shabbat Sukkot Dinner: PSJC Responds To Homelessness In Brooklyn
Friday, October 21 | 6:30PM
Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat services. Stay for a vegetarian/dairy/pareve Potluck Shabbat Dinner* and Learn about those who are homelessness in our city and opportunities for helping nearby. 
Together, we can create a Sukkah of peace—one welcoming all
For at this season we know – all of our houses are fragile.
*For this potluck, please bring a dish to share and one to donate to the CAMBA Respite Bed Program or bring cans to the Shul for the PSJC Food Drive. 

CAMBA Respite Bed Progam 
The Respite Bed Program is a network of volunteer run shelters located in NYC congregations. Hospitality of friendly interactions , home cooked dinner and a safe, warm bed are provided for small groups of carefully screened guests who are homeless. CAMBA coordinates- screens and transports them.

In the summer , Old First Reformed Church (Carroll Street and 7th Avenue) hosts the program. Different congregations each take a week. The week of July 25th is “Summer Shul Shelter Week.” The PSJC Rodfei  Tzedek Committee (Social Action Committee)  has taken this project.

We need YOU to staff the Respite Bed Program . Help is needed in the following ways: Cooks- Make a meal or buy prepared food.  It can be picked up at your convenience. Dinner Hosts- Set up and share dinner with the guys, clean up afterwards.  Families with children are welcome to cook and be dinner hosts. Overnight Hosts- Pairs of volunteers sleep over in a separate room (complete with its own bathroom.) Enjoy dinner or come later. You will be finished by 6:00 am. Post-Bnai Mitzvah kids are welcome to stay with an adult being responsible for them.

Testimony from Steve Radwell “My daughter Molly and I head the opportunity to stay over. It ended up being one of the most rewarding experiences. Initially, we were a little up -tight about it. But, think about it! it was totally worth it.”

If that week doesn’t work for you, there are many other opportunities.

For more information, contact Yehudit Moch 347-728-8247  or Harolyn Cohen 718 986 3206. If you want to help at Old First  for Shul Week- click here.

There are many other opportunities this summer. If  you are able to help at another time at another site, click on this link:


Turn the Tables: Support For Refugees Shabbat Dinner 
Friday, April 15 | 7:30PM
As we gear up for Passover, PSJC is partnering with Repair the World & HIAS to present #SupportforRefugees, a community-facilitated Shabbat dinner focusing on the global refugee crisis.*

As we prepare to retell the story of Jewish liberation this Passover, we become aware of the parallels between the Jewish experience of the Exodus from Egypt and the experience of the many refugees fleeing persecution and living in exile around the world today.
 The Passover story challenges us to remember - and even relive - a time when Jews found liberation through creating abundance out of scarcity together. Together we will explore the complexities of today's global refugee crisis and challenge ourselves to see that we can continue to find liberation through sharing our resources with others. 
*This event is open to all adults and children alike! While most of the conversations will be geared towards adults, there will be opportunities for our older children to engage with these questions through facilitated table conversations geared towards them.
Registration is currently closed for this dinner. If you are interested in attending, please email


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