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Rodfei Tzedek Social Justice Team

Rodfei Tzedek, Pursuers of Justice, is the Social Justice Team of Rodef Shalom. We work to effect systemic change so that everyone, regardless of color, national origin, gender identification, ability, or what we have in our wallet, can live with dignity. Our work to effect more just and equitable systems is an expression of our responsibility for tikkun olam, repairing the world, while seeking righteousness and tzedek or justice.

To influence public policy, at both the local and state level, we partner with other people of faith in a nonpartisan, multi-racial, multi-faith organization called Together Colorado https://www.togethercolorado.org/. Together Colorado is a statewide organizing federation of 220 congregations and schools, clergy, and lay leaders that strives to bring a moral dimension to our government’s legislation and its impact on society so that every person, without exception, can thrive.

Rodfei Tzedek uses an active listening process, pivotal to community organizing, to better understand the interests and needs of congregants as well as other community members. Rodfei Tzedek’s primary work for the past four years has been in the area of affordable housing. Housing and rental prices, policies and availability affect many in our congregation as well as individuals throughout Metro Denver and the State of Colorado. Housing is not only a matter of shelter but also impacts racial justice, economic welfare, educational opportunities, and environmental safety. In partnership with other members of Together Colorado, we have nurtured relationships with our legislators, been recognized for our legislative impact, and have helped pass more than a dozen bills that have increased access to housing and have improved renters’ rights.

As the concerns of our congregants and team members change, our issue focus can and will change. We welcome additional members who share a passion for social justice. Whether you want to work on affordable housing or prefer another social justice issue, we would love to talk to you.

The Rodfei Tzedek Committee meets monthly. Contact Rodef Shalom’s Executive Director, Amy Berkowitz Caplan or our Committee Chair, Laurie Kagan if you would like more information or would like to get involved.

Sun, May 26 2024 18 Iyyar 5784