White House briefs social justice Jews

Some 170 representatives from progressive Jewish organizations met with White House officials July 29 for a policy briefing on issues including housing, health care and education.

Members of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, an umbrella group of 21 nonprofit organizations, spoke with White House staff about a number of economic and social issues.

“To spend the day in conversation with some of our government’s top leaders about the pressing issues facing our nation was an incredible validation of the Jewish social justice movement,” said Simon Greer, the president and CEO of Progressive Jewish Alliance and Jewish Funds for  Justice.

“I was incredibly proud to see on display at the White House the values that motivate Jews all over the country — a steadfast belief that everyone deserves economic opportunity, access to quality health care and healthy food, a safe, affordable place to live, and a quality public education that enables them to have many choices in life.”

The Jewish Social Justice Roundtable promotes social justice as a core tenant of Judaism. — jta