Jill Jacobs

Social Justice Is Not Just for Americans

This year will witness the reintegration, at long last, of a Jewish vision for social justice in both the Diaspora and in Israel.

Stamp Out Slavery for Good

Priorities for wiping out slavery in the U.S. for good? Pass critical protections and services to victims of human trafficking.

E1 Silence: Israel?s decision to allow settlements in the E1 area of the occupied West Bank is a slap in the face of the two-state solution. So why aren?t American Jews speaking out about it?

Jews Keep Head in Sand on 'E1' Settlements

American Jewish institutions have maintained a shameful silence on the Israeli plan to build settlements in the ‘E1’ bloc, even though it is a severe blow to the two-state solution.

'Lynching' in Zion Square

A mob of Israeli teens attacked four Palestinians in Jerusalem, beating them nearly to death. Jill Jacobs wants American Jews to examine our own responsibility.

THUNDERING MESSAGE July 4 is a reminder to spiritual leaders that they can do do more to create a just world.

Independence Day for an American Rabbi

Even if you don’t believe God dabbles in politics, the message of Independence Day is that rabbis have a duty to take strong stands in their communities, writes Jill Jacobs.

Incivility Toward Civil Servants

A few weeks ago, I gave a talk about Jewish perspectives on workers and unions at a Connecticut synagogue. Afterward, a retiree thanked me for speaking positively about unions. “I worked in the public sector my whole career,” she said. “If it weren’t for my pension, I wouldn’t be able to survive right now.”

Making Jewish Paychecks Fair

Just a week before the Paycheck Fairness Act died in the U.S. Senate, we learned that female Jewish communal professionals are paid, on average, $28,000 less than men working in the field, according to data from a new study by the Jewish Communal Service Association and the Berman Jewish Policy Archive. When the data is adjusted for job responsibilities, education, age, experience and hours worked, women still earn $20,000 less than men at the same levels.