Social Justice in the Jewish Tradition

Local 800 is as diverse as the city of Los Angeles, with members of every religious, racial, and ethnic background. Some of us have found work in Jewish communal agencies because of our own ties to Jewish tradition. That tradition, like other great traditions in the world's heritage, is steeped in the struggle for justice (“tzedek” in Hebrew). Many ancient Jewish stories and texts refer to the rights and dignity of workers.

The Jewish communal agencies in our city were all founded based on high ideals. As employees, we have the right to expect those high ideals from our employers. Justice and fairness is vital to the work we do.

See here for an article, "Labor Rights in the Jewish Tradition."  See here for Yiddish songs of work and struggle.