The best part of the Uri L’Tzedek Summer Fellowship was how involved the fellows were in Uri L’Tzedek’s primary projects. It was almost as if we were employees rather than just summer fellows. We truly felt that we were integral to the organization. And of course, working for Uri L’Tzedek wouldn’t be complete without doing Tav HaYosher work.
I learned that social justice work requires time and persistence. With the right amount perseverance and support I was able to accomplish my goal in affecting change in my Jewish community. By the end of the summer, I was able to award the Tav HaYosher to four establishments in Teaneck: Teaneck General Store, Ima Restaurant, Fish of the C’s, and Dougies BBQ & Grill. Being a compliance officer, I experienced an exciting feeling knowing that I am individually supporting workers’ rights. I hope that Uri L’Tzedek continues to grow and sign on more restaurants in Teaneck and beyond.
Akiva Lichtenberg, Summer Fellow 2011 and Compliance Officer