Lori Lutz

DJJ “began” nearly 3 years ago. Since then, there have been far too many days when I have found myself grateful for its existence and the opportunity for me to engage with it: when Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Kevin Matthews, and too many other unarmed black men were unjustifiably killed by police; when, just days after his inauguration, Donald Trump signed an executive order halting all refugee admissions and barring people from 7 Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States and earlier this year, when the Trump administration rounded up Iraqi Chaldeans and ordered their deportation back to countries where they face certain persecution; when Detroiter Joseph Bates lost the home that had been in his family for more than 110 years because, like countless others, he couldn’t pay real estate taxes that were the result of illegal assessments; when a report by the state showed that Detroit children are being hospitalized for asthma at a rate almost three times greater than the rest of the state while the Detroit trash incinerator continues to spew toxic and illegal substances into the air Detroit families breathe; and when Nicole Hill told her story of being one of more than 80,000 Detroiters whose water has been shut off and apprehensive of bringing it to anyone’s attention lest her children be taken away for the reason that there is no water in her house.  On these days—and so many more---I have been grateful that there is a community of Jews, from young to old, who are turning toward, not away from, these injustices, and who believe that their Jewish history, practice, values, and very identity compel them to march, organize, write, speak up and speak out, fight systemic racial and economic injustice, and advocate for genuine equity and fairness. DJJ: this is what being Jewish looks like.  

  • donated via 2019-04-01 14:56:15 -0400

    April 7: Concert & Brunch with Klezmer Masters

    Congregation T'chiyah and the Workmen's Circle-Arbeter Ring of Michigan invite you to... 

    Wake Up & Sing with HOT PSTROMI!

    Join us at the International Institute of Metro Detroit at 11 AM on Sunday, April 7 for a brunch concert with the world-renowned HOT PSTROMI, featuring Yale Strom on violin, Elizabeth Schwartz on vocals and Tallulah Strom on guitar. HOT PSTROMI will treat us to a delectable selection of traditional Yiddish songs, klezmer tunes, Hasidic melodies and more -- including material that the band collected while conducting ethnographic fieldwork with Jewish and Roma communities of Eastern Europe!

    Proceeds of the event will benefit T'chiyah & the Workmen's Circle, allowing both of our heimish (homey) communities to continue to support meaningful, ruachdike Yiddishkayt (spirited Jewishness/Jewish culture!) in Metro Detroit. 

    As space is limited, we ask that you RSVP by purchasing your ticket HERE by March 31! 

    Pay-what-you-can according to our sliding scale model. Feel free to pay in-between the stated rates. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds -- please contact Jake Ehrlich at TchiyahJake@gmail.com with any questions!

    • $72.00 Tzedakah Rate
      Give what you can to help to sustain our shared mission of building accessible, meaningful, progressive Jewish community!

    • $54.00 Supporter Rate
      Spare that extra half-shekel to help subsidize someone else's ticket!

    • $36.00 Standard Rate
      This is the real cost of entry per person, taking into account compensating our talent, staff, volunteers, and other expenses. 

    • $18.00 Subsidized Rate
      Available thanks to the generosity of people willing to pay extra!

    To purchase multiple "tickets," please enter the total amount of your donation (for example, two tickets at the $36 rate = a donation of $72) and email Jake Ehrlich at TchiyahJake@gmail.com the name(s) of your plus-one(s).

    [Please note that the actual cost of the event is $36 per person. Dollars donated above the $36 mark are a tax-deductible donation to Congregation T'chiyah. Earnings above our expenses will be distributed between Congregation T'chiyah and Workmen's Circle-Arbeter Ring of Michigan. Congregation T'chiyah and Workmen's Circle-Arberter Ring are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.]  

    We're all looking forward to seeing you soon! Note that there is on-site parking available and that metered street parking is free on Sundays. The International Institute is a wheelchair-accessible building, and we will be gathering on the first floor. We hope to record and livestream this event, barring technical difficulties. Please email Jake Ehrlich at TchiyahJake@gmail.com for any questions!

    This event is made possible in part by a grant from the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation. 


  • donated via 2019-02-12 13:52:31 -0500

    Give In Honor/In Memory of Someone

    Thank you so much for making this community possible. We are honored by your support to be growing, thriving, and innovating; the honor is doubled when a gift is made in honor or in memory of someone. 

    If you would like to contribute by check (preferred as it saves us a processing fee) please mail to:

    Congregation T’chiyah c/o Treasurer
    15000 W. 10 Mile Rd., Oak Park, MI 48237

    Please note that Detroit Jews for Justice and Congregation T'chiyah donations are separate. If you would like to donate to DJJ, please do so here.


  • donated 2017-04-14 22:13:35 -0400

Lori is active in our water justice work, governance team, and fundraising committee.
$22,174.00 raised
GOAL: $500.00
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