Rabbi Alana Alpert is the co-founder of Detroit Jews for Justice, which organizes the Jewish community in the Detroit area to engage in movements for racial and economic equity. Whether it’s regional transit, access to water, sick time for workers, and strong public education, Rabbi Alpert has frequently mobilized many people of faith for causes of common concern. One of these causes is nondiscrimination for LGBTQ people.
Rabbi Alpert’s advocacy is inspired by Jewish culture, history, and tradition and is geared toward a goal of building a thriving, intergenerational community that makes meaningful contributions to systemic changes. She serves Congregation T’chiyah, a Reconstructionist congregation in Metro Detroit.
“For my community, being a religious person means not only being awake to the brokenness in our society, but also committing to acting toward wholeness,” she said. “It is the responsibility of faith leaders in Michigan and everywhere to raise their voices and urge us toward full dignity for all members of our communities, including LGBTQ people.”