A consortium of Jewish groups is urging Jewish travelers to consider the faithâ€™s ethics while on the road. The Progressive Jewish Alliance, Jewish Funds for Justice and the National Jewish Labor Committee have joined to launch the â€œJust Journeysâ€ campaign, which asks Jews to sign an online pledge to help hotel workers. Noting that most hotel workers are immigrants and women of color who are paid an average of $8.50 an hour and have no health insurance, the pledge asks signators to avoid hotels engaged in labor disputes; keep their rooms reasonably clean to spare housekeepers unnecessary physical strain; leave tips; and fill out comment cards, which can lead to bonuses. â€œThese workers engage daily in the mitzvah of ‘hakhnasat or’chim’ (hospitality to guests) by cleaning rooms, making beds, and otherwise ensuring that I am as comfortable as possible,â€ the pledge reads in part. â€œTheir invisibility has contributed to these workers being among the worst paid and most overworked members of the service industry.â€ Information on the Just Journeys pledge is available at http://ga6.org/campaign/ethical_travel.
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