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Congregants stand outside a building with signs, protesting for affordable water in Detroit.




Pursuing justice within our congregation, and in the world as a congregation 

In the early 2010s, T'chiyah members decided that this historically progressive, lay-led community should make social justice a central priority of the congregation. This led to the hiring of Rabbi Alana Alpert as half-time community organizer and half-time rabbi, and the formation of of Detroit Jews for Justice in 2015. T'chiyah stewarded this organization until its individuation in 2023. With this separation comes a fresh invitation to explore the question "What does it mean to be a social justice synagogue?"


Our Tzedek Committee seeks to enact our commitments to justice through intra-congregation antiracism work, community service, education, advocacy, and organizing on issues related to justice in our region, country, and within the land of Israel/Palestine. 

Some of our current and past work includes:


  • Participation in two cohorts of the Keshet Leadership Project with Keshet and StandWithTrans, 2018-2020, to bolster LGBTQI+ belonging at T'chiyah

  • We are a supporting synagogue of the Rimonim Liturgy Project, Aurora Levins Morales' project to devise innovative Jewish liturgy that is responsive to the experiences of Jews of Color and cultures of the global Jewish diaspora

  • Participation in Detroit Jews for Justice's Synagogues for Racial Equity cohort. 

  • Working with Adamah Detroit to explore models of sustainability

  • Sending a delegation to Israel/Palestine with Shleimut in June 2023


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