A history of Tekiah
November 1999 Three Bostonians attend a conference of young Jewish Social Justice activists. The upcoming WTO protests in Seattle are a major topic of conversation. The Bostonians meet people from groups like Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) of New York City and Jews United for Justice (JUFJ) of Washington DC. On the drive home, they wish that there were a similar group in Boston, and realize that they could create one.
April 16 Several Boston activists join the Jews for Global Justice contingent at the A16 protests against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
May 12 First Tekiah e-mail list, titled Boston_Jews@egroups.com, created.
August 14 Group officially adopts the name "Tekiah" (the spelling "Tekiyah" was rejected; one member said that it made him think of "teriyaki")
On the eve of the Bush-Gore presidential debate in Boston, Tekiah holds its first public action, a social Justice Tashlich in which we cast society's collective sins into the Charles River.
October 23 As the second intifada builds, Tekiah has a chaotic meeting to revisit its earlier policy of not working on Israel/Palestine issues. Though the member facilitating the meeting is a professional mediator, at least one person leaves and never returns. Ultimately, Tekiah re-affirms its decision not to work on the Middle East. While the reasons are many, two main points are that other Jewish groups are doing so and because it is clear that working on the Middle East would crowd out crucial local work where there is an unfilled need for a Jewish presence.
December 10 Tekiah holds a retreat and sets basic elements of organizational structure. It also decides to continue building capacity without taking on a full-fledged campaign yet.