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Social Action

"Mending the world through social justice" is the philosophy which drives the work of Justice Squared (J2), the social action arm of the JCRC. Justice Squared is dedicated to "tikkun olam" or repairing and healing the world.

Justice Squared works with partner organizations and engages thousands of volunteers to build community, shape public policy, protect civil rights and improve the quality of life for all citizens.

Justice Squared programs include:

Working with A Minnesota Without Poverty, a statewide movement to end poverty in Minnesota by 2020, including:

  • The Micro-Enterprise Catalyst Partnership to help Minnesotans start mico-businesses
  • Partner with the Public Policy Workgroups proposed plan to reinvigorate the Legislative Commission to End Poverty (LCEP)
  • Creating public and political accountability

The Justice Squared Commission meets monthly, bringing together congregations and Jewish organizations to address:

  • Energy and the Environment
  • Poverty Issues
  • Social justice issues of concern to the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (, Minnesota’s interfaith public interest organization (JCRC represents the Jewish community on the Coalition)
  • Other public affairs issues through community forums and debates