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Whether pursuing worker justice through our long-term relationship with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and pressuring Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program; or supporting the Laundry Workers Center’s Cabricanecos campaign for worker safety and the right to organize in Brooklyn, T’ruah is out in force with our neighbors and fellow New Yorkers. T’ruah chaverim have also continued to press for the passage of a bill to end all solitary in NYC jails, protested the ongoing crisis on Rikers Island, and visited correctional centers in the city in solidarity with New Yorkers experiencing incarceration. 

Rabbi Barat Ellman speaks at a vigil for those killed in NYC jails in 2022. (Photo by Johnny Perez)
T’ruah rabbis in Brooklyn stand with construction workers in Brooklyn demanding safer working conditions.

In November 2022, the T’ruah NYC cluster partnered with JFREJ Community to form Tirdof: New York Jewish Clergy for Justice. Tirdof is a project of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights and Jews For Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ Community). Tirdof is the home for Jewish clergy to organize with our neighbors and allies for a New York City with freedom, opportunity, & dignity for all.

Tirdof is a supportive home for learning, organizing, and action for a powerful and committed cohort of Jewish clergy committed to pursuing justice in New York City. It is a place for rabbis, cantors, and clergy students in formation to learn about human rights and key racial and economic justice issues, develop organizing skills, build community with like-minded peers, and leverage a powerful moral voice in pivotal local campaigns. Through strong commitment to the values of justice, truth and peace — דין אמת ושלום (Pirkei Avot 1:18) — Tirdof seeks to build power among local Jewish clergy who are committed to human rights and social justice, to build a more vibrant culture of connection and organizing among our most powerful moral leaders.

Meet our New York Organizer

Rabbi Margo Hughes-Robinson

Margo (she/her) is passionate about co-creating an equitable and just world through deep relationship and inspired action. She was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2021, where she also earned an MA in Midrash and served for two years as the Program Coordinator of the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue. While in rabbinical school Margo served a number of communities and organizations, including as a Marshall T. Meyer Fellow at B’nai Jeshurun and as a T’ruah Israel Fellow in 2018. She holds a BA in Jewish Studies and Theatre from Clark University, and enjoys writing, making music, and exploring kosher Cajun recipes. She lives in Brooklyn with her wife and their son.

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