From the study:
A hundred years from now looking back, I hope we'll have made Jewish life significantly more accessible, more like alive, and a more common part of people’s spiritual toolkits and communities. I want people to be empowered to contribute to the mix, even if they aren’t experts.
Most of us have experiences of feeling a sense of fully belonging somewhere in our Jewish lives, even if just for a moment. That feeling is what propels a lot of my work: I want to make that feeling possible for more people.
We see Judaism as a liberatory and transformational tradition.
Being in community with Jews of Color, telling our stories, and educating each other is an act of social justice in and of itself.
I no longer have time to worry about whether someone's inviting me to stand at the edge of their tent. There is so much connection happening and opportunities to learn and be with people who share my values. It almost feels like there's another center of gravity forming and we don’t need permission from anyone else to gather.
It’s wonderful to be in a community of progressive Jews who combine the political and spiritual and who speak the same language. We’re learning about the other projects and thinking about how we can support each other. It’s starting to feel like there is a root system, a mycelial web connecting us.
Emerging Outcomes Study
Rise Up's Emerging Outcomes Study was co-sponsored by the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah. This study is part of Rise Up’s strategy to illuminate the growing field of Jewish social justice work. The study highlights efforts that are drawing on new and ancient forms of Jewish ritual and wisdom as both the content and approach to justice work. Our study found that these efforts are having a positive impact on individuals, communities, and the world.
Conducted by Tobin Belzer, the study was based on interviews, small group conversations, and written responses. As participants shared perspectives and experiences, they articulated outcomes that powerfully resonated with values/middot drawn from the practice of Mussar, an approach to applied Jewish ethics.thics.
These 5 shared outcomes are: