It’s not just the New York Times anymore — independent minyanim have merited a story on the influential progressive political blog OpenLeft!
Amanda Milstein of Living Liberally writes about how participants in independent progressive Jewish communities are being inspired through their communities to get involved in social justice work or (through the social networks connected to these communities, since the communities themselves are non-profits and can’t endorse candidates) political activism.

Joelle Novey is one of the people who helps run an independent minyan called Tikkun Leil Shabbat in D.C. Every time they meet someone from a social justice organizations speaks, and provides participants with ways of getting involved with the cause that they are working for.
“We’ve heard [talks about how we could repair the world] about security guards organizing, efforts to clean up the Anacostia River, the local fight for marriage equality, activism to stop the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, and…more… There are 150-200 folks at each of our gatherings, and almost 500 on our email list…We’re placing ongoing social justice work at the center of our Jewish community life in a way that feels unprecedented and important,” she said.

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