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Community Organizing

Dorothy Ray Healey, 1914 - 2006

My grandmother, Dorothy Ray Healey, didn't listen to you with her ears. Now, that's not a joke about her becoming hard of hearing as she grew older. She listened with her eyes. Her eyes took the measure of you as you spoke, and you knew it.

Carolyn Goodman, 1915 - 2007

Carolyn Goodman died on August 17th, 2007 at the age of 91 after an extraordinary life during which she made significant contributions to the field of psychology; spoke out and organized for civil rights and broader social change; supported young leaders across the United States who fought for social change and became an icon for many who had known her in the various parts of her life.

Shirley Bridge, 1922 - 2008

Shirley may have only been five feet tall, but she was a giant. She was a giant as a leader; as a community activist, a generous philanthropist, a wife and mother, and a giant as a friend.

Growing tensions I: Black-Jewish Relations

Analyze how underlying rifts in the relationship between African Americans and Jews brought these groups into more overt conflict in the late 1960s, with a focus on the Ocean Hill-Brownsville school crisis and a poetry slam activity.

Moving Inward: bringing liberation movements into the Jewish community

Act out, through tableaux vivants, the ways Jews took what they had learned from the Civil Rights Movement and other liberation movements and used these insights to change the Jewish community.

Community Organizing II: Wednesdays in Mississippi

Encounter a little known story of women collaborating across geographic, racial, and religious boundaries through documentary clips of Wednesdays in Mississippi activists.

Community Organizing I: Freedom Summer

Explore the role of community organizing, Jewish values, and moral conviction in the lives of young civil rights activists as you imagine yourself a participant in Mississippi Freedom Summer.

Pauline Newman organizes influential New York rent strike

December 26, 1907

16-year-old Pauline Newman kicks off start of the largest rent strike New York City had ever seen; the strike helped lead to the eventual establishment of rent control in New York.

Clara Lemlich sparks "Uprising of the 20,000"

November 22, 1909

Clara Lemlich's passionate words sparked the "Uprising of the 20,000," a general strike of New York garment workers that marked a turning point in U.S. labor activism.

Bella Abzug convenes National Women's Conference in Houston

November 18, 1977

Spearheaded by Bella Abzug, the federally funded National Women's Conference convened in Houston to put forward a National Plan of Action.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Community Organizing." (Viewed on September 20, 2018) <https://jwa.org/topics/community-organizing>.

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