Philadelphia Community Teach-In to Explore Jewish Law & Workers’ Rights

RabbiJillJacobsThe Perelman Teacher-Alumni-Parent Partnership presents “Work & Workers in Jewish Law – A Community Teach-In” with Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Executive Director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights and author of Conservative Judaism’s Teshuva “Work, Workers and the Jewish Owner.”

The program is Wednesday, June 18, at 7 p.m. at the Ludington Library, 5 South Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA. It is open to the public.

Rabbi Jacobs, Executive Director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, will explore where Jewish Law (Halakha) stands on the issue of work, workers and union rights.

Citing U.S. court decisions, Perelman Jewish Day School’s Board voted in March to withdraw recognition of the Perelman Jewish Day School Faculty Association, which represented teachers there for 38 years. The Perelman Jewish Day School Faculty Association has filed charges against the school with the National Labor Relations Board saying the board denied teachers union representation, attempted to pre-condition collective bargaining and refused to bargain a new contract in good faith. The current, four-year agreement between the school and teachers expires August 31.

The 59 teachers, some of whom have taught at Perelman and its predecessor Solomon Schechter Day School for more than 30 years, were offered their jobs for one year, but only if they sign agreements allowing the board to fire any teacher, without cause, without notice, without recourse and without access to unemployment benefits. They also had to agree that the board could change any terms of employment – including health insurance benefits, pensions and work rules – at any time and without notice.

Rabbi Jacobs authored a legal opinion for Conservative Judiasm titled “Work, Workers and the Jewish Owner.” The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards adopted the ruling, called a responsum, in 2008. As Executive Director of T’ruah, she helps mobilize 1,800 rabbis, cantors, and tens of thousands of American Jews to protect human rights in North America and Israel.


Download a flyer with Rabbi Jacobs’ biography.

Read Rabbi Jacobs’ Teshuva on Work, Workers and the Jewish Employer


Read Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer article, Talking Union article ; and Jewish Exponent Commentary by Ted Kirsch

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