Dear T'chiyah Members and Friends--
FROM ANDY LEVIN . . .
I'm excited to let you know about Project Micah, a new social justice initiative in Detroit, and a special event to launch the effort. I'm very proud that my synagogue, Congregation T'chiyah, has developed Project Micah out of our shared commitment to the equality of all people and the fight for justice in Detroit.
And I'm humbled that my sisters and brothers at T'chiyah decided to kick off Project Micah with a benefit dinner on October 6, 2013, honoring the social justice struggles I've joined over the past three decades. The evening was titled "Honoring Andy Levin: A Life Pursuing Social Justice," but its real purpose was to raise funds for Project Micah. It was an inspiring, joyful event for the 213 people who attended. I was especially touched that my dad, Congressman Sandy Levin, and my uncle, Senator Carl Levin, were with us to speak on social justice.
Project Micah is a new endeavor to fuel interfaith social action organizing in southeast Michigan. In collaboration with the Harriet Tubman Center, Congregation T'chiyah is creating the new position of Rabbi -Organizer to mobilize members of the Jewish community to work shoulder to shoulder with people of all faiths to make sure the next Detroit is a place where justice reigns and there is opportunity for all.
Project Micah is really something new. While a number of synagogues in other cities have participated in community organizing as member congregations, this may be the first time that a congregation has shared its rabbi with a community organization on the staff level to create sustained Jewish engagement in social justice organizing, not just in our congregation, but across the community. Please join me today by making a contribution-at whatever level you can-to Project Micah.
Go to www.projectmicah.org for more details about Project Micah and Congregation T'chiyah. Or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how you can join me in organizing for social justice in Detroit.
P.S. I know that you receive many appeals to your generosity, and I hope that you'll agree with me that this unique mission deserves your consideration. With your help, we can strengthen both Detroit social action and the Jewish legacy that have helped to build our region's movement for justice.