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Rodfei Tzedek | Pursuers of Justice

PSJC Social Justice Working Group

Please join us as we sit down together to consider how we as PSJC can expand our efforts and become a community that truly is RODFEI TZEDEK - Pursuers of Justice. 

As a community we can define our priorities, areas of interest/passion, and capacity for meaningful, ongoing social action projects and social justice initiatives that involve members of all generations.

For more information and/or attend an event click here


Committee Organizing Meeting 

Past Events

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

Past Committee Organizing Meetings
 Sunday, November 12 | 12:00PM-12:45PM
Tuesday, September 12 |
Thursday, June 8,2017 | 7:15PM
Wednesday, January 4,2017 | 7:00PM
Wednesday, November 9,2016 | 7:00PM

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | 7:00PM
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 | 7:00PM
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | 7:15PM
Thursday, February 25,2016 | 7:15PM
Wednesday, February 3,2016 | 7:00PM

Wed, November 14 2018 6 Kislev 5779