Jews United for Democracy and Justice (JUDJ) is a broad cross-section of American Jews who stand with our community and others to assert a Jewish voice to safeguard the principles and foundations of our constitutional democracy.
Founded in the wake of the executive orders on immigration and refugees, JUDJ is deeply concerned about rising threats to religious tolerance, equal rights, a free and fair press, human dignity, and long-held norms of decency and civil society. We will speak out and take action when our shared Jewish values require us to counter those threats.
As Americans, we join together in support of the fundamental principles embedded in our nation’s Declaration of Independence and Constitution respecting “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and equal protection under the law. As Jews, we also are guided by our tradition’s moral and historical imperative to defend the most vulnerable, including the refugee; the Bible commands us to love the stranger and condemns those who would deny them justice (Deut. 10:18, 27:19). As Angelenos, we are called to connect our core values with the aspirations and needs of our neighbors of all backgrounds and creeds.
Jews United for Democracy and Justice pledges to work in solidarity with our fellow Americans and Angelenos—neighbors, friends, and family—in pursuit of the following principles: