Members & Allies

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In 2017 Ameinu promoted values of social justice and peace in Israel and the U.S. Ameinu’s major new initiative, Project Rozana USA, focuses on building bridges of understanding between Israelis and Palestinians through healthcare by enhancing treatment for Palestinians in Israeli hospitals and building healthcare capacity on the West Bank and Gaza. In this context we also raised funds for treatment of critically ill and injured Syrian children at Ziv Medical Center. A central Israeli advocacy issue has been opposing Israeli government policy to deport African asylum seekers. Ameinu also engaged with the American Jewish community to oppose Trump's executive orders on immigration, as well as around Islamophobia and LGBTQ rights.
This past year, AJWS supported 457 human rights organizations in 19 countries in the developing world, focusing on our four key issue areas: sexual health and rights; land, water and climate justice; civil and political rights; and disaster and humanitarian response. We launched “Rohingya Rights Now: An AJWS Campaign for Justice,” an advocacy campaign to call for sanctions and other targeted interventions against the Burmese military, and we are raising funds to support our humanitarian aid in the refugee camps in Bangladesh. In December, AJWS led other Jewish organizations (many of them part of the Roundtable) to form the Jewish Rohingya Justice Network to advance this issue as a community. In January 2018, 13 rabbis in AJWS’s selective Global Justice Fellowship program traveled to Guatemala for an immersive experience learning from human rights defenders. The rabbis will also play a critical role in our Rohingya campaign.   
Through Avodah, young people interested in social justice from all walks of the Jewish community are prepared to become powerful and enduring, Jewishly informed leaders in the fight against poverty in the United States. Avodah’s 2017 program participants served 40,000 individuals coping with the challenges of poverty and added nearly 1.5 million dollars in staffing capacity to grassroots antipoverty organizations dealing with homelessness, immigration, healthcare, and more. We're on the ground in New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Kansas City and after our robust strategic planning process, we're exploring our next stage of expansion.  
2017 was a big year in Bend the Arc history: we doubled the size of our grassroots base; trained thousands of leaders; won landmark statewide and local victories; and mobilized a visionary Jewish opposition to stand with threatened communities and hold elected leaders accountable in this political moment. After the 2016 election, Bend the Arc launched the Moral Minyan Project, a new national network of local #JewishResistance groups now numbering ten across the country. In the past year, Bend the Arc leaders joined together to help kick white nationalists Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Bannon out of the White House, mobilize against every iteration of the Muslim Ban, and organize for a clean Dream Act. Our resident chapters in CA and NY also won key local victories for our long-term vision of a just and equal society, from sanctuary state laws to increased funding for affordable housing to reforming the criminal justice system.
In March, we unanimously passed our resolution on "The Rights of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals", becoming the largest American clergy association to take such a stand.  Then, in August and September, we participated in the NAACP America's Journey for Justice, as over 200 Rabbis took turns and carried a Torah scroll over 1,000 miles from Selma, AL to Washington, DC.  Lastly, to close out our year, we celebrated the President's executive action on gun violence, which seems heavily influenced by MetroIAF's "Do Not Stand Idly By" Campaign, in whose senior leadership and communal leadership we count countless Reform Rabbis.
Challah for Hunger has engaged 20,000+ volunteers, who have donated $1 million to fight hunger. We recently launched two new programs: The Campus Hunger Project, an advocacy initiative to find long term solutions to hunger on campus, and the Social Change Bakery Network, which expands our programs to teens, families with kids ages 4-10, and young adults with different abilities in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.   
In the last year Hazon launched our new JOFEE Fellows program - we've now recruited, trained and deployed 35 Fellows in two cohorts. [JOFEE = Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education]. We delivered in the last year the greatest number of programs in our history, to the greatest number of participants, including over 26,000 person-days of immersive experiences. In Detroit we produced the largest single event in our history - nearly 5,000 people came to the first-ever Michigan Jewish Food Festival. And, internally, we've begun a multi-year process to start to rebuild our Isabella Freedman campus.
HIAS is the global Jewish organization that protects and advocates for refugees. In 2017, HIAS fought hard – in the courts and in the streets – to ensure America remains a welcoming country for refugees. HIAS offices in South and Central America, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East protect refugees in their countries of first asylum, and is one of nine national refugee resettlement agencies in the United States. On February 12, 2017, HIAS organized Jewish communities around the country for a Jewish Day of Action for refugees, and continued to work with over 370 "welcome campaign" congregations throughout the year to step up and speak out on refugees. HIAS was also the only one of the nine national refugee resettlement agencies to challenge the Trump Administration's refugee and Muslim ban in court, as a plaintiff in Maryland, as an amicus in Hawaii, and as counsel to HIAS' Jewish Family Service partners in Seattle and Silicon Valley, which filed a lawsuit against the refugee ban in federal court in Seattle. Thanks in no small part to these actions and the courts, HIAS and the U.S. refugee program continued to welcome refugees throughout 2017, in spite of the Trump Administration's efforts to shut it down.
  In 2017, JALSA continued to use our legal, legislative, and coalition building expertise with grassroots community organizing to engage members in meaningful and effective social change based on progressive Jewish values. We remained steadfast in our work to pursue social, economic and environmental justice, including the following highlights: Launched a Western Massachusetts chapter; affiliating with Bend the Arc; harnessed the power of 70 volunteers to collect 12,199 signatures for raising the minimum wage to $15/hour and paid family and medical leave as part of the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition; defended the Affordable Care Act during multiple repeal attempts; began examining our organizational structure and how to better incorporate Jews of Color in our work and conversations; worked to pass criminal justice reform bills in the Massachusetts House and Senate; stood with our immigrant brothers and sisters on multiple occasions to fight for the Safe Communities Act, TPS, DACA and gave congregations advice about “best practices” if they are making the decision to become either Sanctuary One or Sanctuary Two level congregations.
Jewish Community Action
This year, after passing a responsible banking ordinance in Minneapolis, we crossed the river and passed it in St. Paul as well. We passed an ordinance in Minneapolis to fight Section 8 discrimination in the city's rental market, and at the state capitol, we moved legislation to improve conditions in state prison facilities.  
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
As the umbrella body of the Jewish community relations field, JCPA advocates for a just America, global human rights, and peace and security in Israel. In 2017, we led a campaign to engage the Jewish community in criminal justice reform by educating over 500 Jewish professionals through webinars and workshops, producing a toolkit to guide communities in addressing local criminal justice issues in partnership with impacted communities, and hiring a project manager to help mobilize the 25-30 Jewish communities now interested in deepening their work on this critical civil and human rights issue.
Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
In 2017, through community organizing campaigns, youth programming, leadership development, and community investment, JCUA continued to make an impact on the root causes of inequality in Chicago. Highlights included: the launch of the JCUA Organizing Fellowship for college-aged young people; traction on two campaigns for police accountability; the passage of the IL Trust Act; furthered commitment to organize with immigrants for a welcoming city, state, and country; and, initiated a Jews of Color Caucus, Kol Or. In addition, JCUA’s community investment fund provided zero-interest pre-development loans to 3 affordable housing and community development projects.
In 2017, the New England Chapter of the Jewish Labor Committee mobilized the Jewish community to fight for the rights of workers: Airport workers, adjunct faculty, domestic workers, nurses, dining hall workers and other workers to obtain safe working conditions with a livable wage and health benefits. We continued our Campus Initiative, involving students in these actions. Additionally we partnered with Matahari, a domestic workers organization, to conduct an oral history project of domestic workers and employers of domestic workers. We continued work to raise the state minimum wage, establish paid family medical leave, and increase taxes for incomes over one million dollars.
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice led the Jewish community in a cross-sector, city-wide coalition that passed the Community Safety Act through the New York City Council, establishing protections against discriminatory policing and providing real, accountable oversight for the NYPD. Members activated City Council members and created events bringing together over 1,000 community members, including rabbis in support of police reform.
JUFJ spent 2017 protecting and expanding recent victories for working people in the greater DC-Baltimore region. We successfully fought back attacks on DC’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program from lobbyists and Councilmembers, and overturned executive vetoes on Maryland’s Earned Sick Leave law and Montgomery County’s $15 minimum wage law. We pushed Baltimore’s Mayor and City Council to protect low-income Baltimoreans from losing their homes due to unaffordable water bills and an unfair Rent Court system.
Last year JOIN for Justice trained over 1,500 people to be powerful leaders in social justice struggles. We train and mentor Jewish leaders, rabbis, and community organizers through our yearlong Jewish Organizing Fellowship program, Seminary Leadership Project, Clergy Fellowship, online classes, and consulting work with organizations. This past year, we are proud to have launched a new initiative -- "ROAR" (Resistance, Organizing, Action, and Resilience), which has thus far offered training in 19 cities around the country, focused on people willing and eager to get involved politically in this unique moment.  
In 2017, Keshet mobilized over 200 national Jewish organizations, synagogues, JCCs, youth groups, Jewish day schools, and other community institutions -- serving nearly 3,000,000 community members -- to advance LGBTQ equality and inclusion in an increasingly hostile political climate. In the face of escalating attacks on trans rights, Keshet launched Kavod Achshav | Dignity Now A Campaign for Trans Youth. This campaign enabled more than 100 national youth-serving organizations to send a critical message to trans kids: no matter what you may hear from your government, know that your Jewish community stands with you and will always stand up for you. With increased opportunities for queer Jewish teens to come together for support and leadership training, Keshet provides space for LGBTQ teens to be their full and authentic selves and the skills to return to their home communities ready to effect change.
In November 2016, MAZON launched an interactive, traveling multimedia exhibit called This Is Hunger to raise awareness about hunger and engage advocates across the country. In response to imminent threats to SNAP, MAZON created a digital education series and online petition campaign to protect SNAP from harmful changes and funding cuts. MAZON was instrumental in the successful introduction of the Military Hunger Prevention Act in February 2017 and has offered testimony to Congress twice in the past year - on hunger among military families and the future of SNAP.
In 2017, NCJW focused its priorities and activities on reproductive health, rights, and justice; the federal courts; civic engagement; and gender equality in Israel. We trained hundreds of leaders on advocacy and organizing skills; engaged thousands of members and supporters in the fight to oppose the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court; collaborated with dozens of partners to oppose the growing culture of hate in the nation; and rallied, protested, and activated against harmful policies like the Muslim and Refugee ban more times than we can count!
Among more than $20 million in support for Israeli human rights, social justice and religious freedom organizations was our work to launch Zazim, a new, multi-issue, progressive advocacy organization. It is a style online platform that aims to mobilize a base of Israelis to take action together on digital campaigns that address issues of critical importance for Israeli society. One of Zazim’s initial campaigns translated 1,000 online petitions into 1,000 faxes to send to the Israeli Prison Service, which only receives fax.
The RA hosted 2 webinars on human trafficking, one with Nomi Network ( and one with Free the Slaves ( Our Social Justice Commission spearheaded devoting an afternoon at the annual Rabbinical Assembly convention in Baltimore to site visits to organizations addressing racial injustice and healing and interfaith work.
We are the central organization of the Reconstructionist movement. We believe that Judaism evolves with the world and that we can play a powerful role in defining the Jewish future. To do so, we train rabbis, support and partner with congregations and summer camps and foster the emerging ideas that shape what it means to be Jewish today.
The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, representing the voice of 380 Reconstructionist rabbis, recently sponsored trainings for our members on racial justice, addiction and recovery through a Jewish lens and civil disobedience. We partnered with Bend the Arc for actions in DC and Philadelphia on the Dreamers act and co-sponsored the creation of the Jewish Rohingya Justice Network. We created a task force on racial justice and planning a convention program on Trauma and Resilience Strategies.
In 2017, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism launched the Urgency of Now initiative, to protect the most vulnerable members of our society, with campaigns on Immigrant Justice, Transgender Rights, and Criminal Justice Reform. We joined the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and convened clergy and lay activists for major moments including the Women’s March, the Refugee Rally, and the Minister’s March for Justice. We also recruited over 150 congregations to sign the Brit Olam, a covenant with our world that is building a network of Reform congregations committed to more deeply engaging in organizing for justice; welcomed about 2,000 teens to L’Taken social justice seminars; and hosted our largest ever Consultation on Conscience. Our state-based organizing continues to expand, with local victories and expansion in California, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, and New York.
This banner year for Repair the World has included reaching more than a million people with our communications about meaningful service by Jewish young adults, engaging more than 100,000 indirectly with our service materials, online initiatives and through those we train, and recruiting more than 33,000 Jewish young adults to vote with their feet and participate in our service-related activities locally and around the country. In the cities where we have Repair the World Communities, we grew from engaging about 12,000 Jewish young adults in service and educational programming the previous year to more than 24,000 participants last year.
  Over the past year, T’ruah has become one of the strongest voices in the Jewish community responding to the human rights abuses of the current administration, as well as standing up for the human rights of both Israelis and Palestinians. This work has included training nearly 300 rabbis in organizing and other skills through two national convenings; creating a sanctuary network through which 70 synagogues have pledged to protect immigrants facing deportation; and running actions including a mass arrest of rabbis in front of the Trump Hotel, and the construction of a sukkah outside of Trump tower. In Israel, we have engaged more than 75 rabbinical students and more than 40 rabbis in seeing human rights issues on the ground in Israel and the West Bank, and have organized rabbis to push for transparency in funding that supports settlements, as well as for a stop to plans to deport asylum seekers in Israel.
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is a network of nearly 900 Reform Jewish congregations across North America. Our progressive approach unites Jewish tradition with the modern Jewish experience. Our Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), is the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity in Washington DC, and Just Congregations is the Reform Movement’s Congregation-based community organizing initiative.
Every week, more than 250 children in four Workmen’s Circle Jewish cultural schools make the world a better and more beautiful place through hands-on social justice programs. Our young activists advocate for workers’ rights, food justice, ending genocide, and more.

Aytzim recently relaunched and, in partnership with GreenFaith, launched Shomrei Breishit: Rabbis and Cantors for the Earth. For more information about Aytzim click here:
This past year has been a wake-up call for the many, many North Carolinians who are not represented by the draconian and discriminatory policies of our state legislature. Carolina Jews for Justice convened concerned members and leaders of the Jewish community across the entire state to craft a unified and powerful response to the passage of House Bill 2, including publishing a powerful statement signed by over forty North Carolina rabbis, and demonstrating, through mobilizations and other tactics, widespread Jewish community opposition to the bill.
Detroit Jews for Justice made huge strides in our inaugural year, building a base of Jews in metro Detroit who are passionate about social justice issues. Suburban and urban, young and old, the DJJ community has joined others in struggles for water, a living wage, and other fundamental rights. With $36,000 in donations raised from our It Takes a Shtetl! crowdfunding campaign, we have launched our political efforts by participating in the Michigan Time to Care coalition's campaign for Earned Sick Time.
In 2013, Eshel launched the Orthodox Allies Roundtable which convenes allies to create embracing environments for LGBTQ members of Orthodox communities.  In 2014-15 Eshel is launching chapters in Los Angeles, reaching out to Orthodox LGBTQ individuals, their families, schools and synagogues.
Fair Trade Judaica launched the Jewish Fair Trade Partnership with T’ruah and Equal Exchange, and our 2015 Fair Trade Shabbat program is being promoted through the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement.
In 2016, Footsteps' membership eclipsed 1,250 formerly ultra-Orthodox individuals and families. We launched a key partnership to provide tailored career readiness training and job placement a services to our members. We increased the knowledge about our population by sponsoring a packed, first-of-its-kind conference in March with Baruch College, "Dissent and Dissension: Approaching Ultra-Orthodoxy" and by commissioning a groundbreaking study of formerly Orthodox (and questioning) individuals that estimated of a target market for our work at 10,000 individuals across the United States. To begin to meet that need, we tested a "remote" strategy to reach those near and far who cannot be physically present at our center. On the first call, one participant explained: "I may live just across the bridge in Brooklyn, but I am a world this call connects me to others that I cannot meet any other way."
Habonim Dror, based on the Jewish Socialist Zionist values of equality and social justice, successfully educated and empowered 1,400 campers and over 300 staff members at 7 Habonim Dror camps throughout North America, along with 116 participants of our summer program in Israel for post-10th graders.
With many after-school programs, including literacy-focused programs, losing their funding in Mississippi, the ISJL stepped in to provide a free immersive literacy program for Jackson Public School 3rd and 5th graders. More than 240 students applied for the 100 available spots, and we were able to stretch enrollment to accommodate 120. Free lunches were provided in addition to instruction and activities. 100% of parents reported satisfaction with the program, and 90% of students said the literacy activities made them feel happy. Requests for this program to be repeated and extended poured in, and we are currently pursuing funding to make it possible. Meanwhile, a major evaluation of our T.A.P. peer mediation program is underway, and we are in the process of hiring a new Community Engagement Fellow to begin this summer, adding at least 1 staff position to our department and enabling us to further extend programmatic reach!
J Teen Leadership convened Westchester-wide 2014 J-Serve, the International Day of Jewish service, in partnership with 12 organizations and 85 teen volunteers. 250 young children and their families attended and over 3,000 books were collected and distributed. It resulted in a literacy carnival ("Read to Succeed") at the Maria Hostos School in Yonkers, NY.  
Ma'yan, at the JCC Manhattan, is pleased to announce the launch of our Research Training Interns' (RTI) latest project "Sexism and the City." Our RTIs, all high-school aged Jewish girls, researched people's experiences with sexism in New York, by using interviews and surveys. With the information they collected, they created a website that includes an interactive map of their data. Check it out!
In 2013-14, the JCRC of Greater New Haven found ways for the numerous constituencies within our community to unite.  For example, we coordinated a Mitzvah Day, in collaboration with the CT Food Bank, that organized the Jewish community to raise money and awareness for those suffering from chronic hunger in our community.
The JCRC's Maryland,  Northern Virginia and District of Columbia Commissions partner with local and state organizations to reach out to government officials at the federal, state and local levels to advance the legislative agenda of the the Jewish community in Metropolitan Washington: government funding for our agencies' programs, tax policy as it affects nonprofit organizations, and community relations issues such as anti-Semitism and church-state relations.
In 2013, the JCRC launched Hours Against Hate, program that urges people to pledge time to people who look, live, love and pray differently than they do. It is taking root throughout Milwaukee, creating a shared platform for transcending division and healing the world through human relationship.
Currently, JCRC of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties is building consensus around racial justice issues via a year-long campaign on "Learning for Change." JCRC mobilizes its community on critical issues and works to build bridges with other faith, interest and ethnic based groups that share a passion for social justice. JCRC's positions are formed based on consensus and civility, creating a broad tent for community diversity. 
In the summer of 2017, the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis worked with the various congregations to coordinate a four week summer camp for New American children. Over 100 volunteers engaged 45 children to have fun, learn new language and skills, and engage with what it means to be an American. The camp freed up their parents to study English and establish themselves in St. Louis.
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston
Leading up to the 2012 election, JCRC of Greater Boston engaged candidates for senate and the Fourth Congressional seat, in five different events, with approximately 200 members of the Jewish community to address issues, such as social services cuts, workforce development, hate crimes and the peace and security of Israel.
The Jewish Multiracial Network is transforming engagement of Jews of Color and Jewish multiracial families through community building, resource development, and leveraging of new technologies, including maximizing social media to engage 500 to 20,000 individuals daily on issues of Jewish diversity. For more info click here:
Through its comprehensive digital archive and its public programs, JWA advocates for gender inclusion and equity; trains young women to influence the important conversations of the Jewish community; and provides Jewish educators across the country with tools to change the way thousands of young people each year understand their history and envision their future.
JWFNY works to advance the status and well-being of women and girls in the Jewish community in New York, Israel and around the world. Through advocacy and education programs, the Foundation broadens the scope of its work and complements its grantmaking. JWFNY is a strong supporter of workplace policies that enable women to succeed, and is a lead advocate for paid family leave. In addition, the Foundation works collaboratively to raise public awareness of sex trafficking and enact anti-trafficking laws.
Five years of activism from Jewish World Watch advocates have brought us to an exciting milestone on the long road to ending genocide and mass atrocities. During his keynote address at an electronics show in Las Vegas, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced that every Intel processor released in 2014 will be conflict-free.  
During the past year, JYCA youth leaders partnered with Oakland Rising & Bend the Arc to canvass for progressive ballot measures in the state of California. JYCA youth continued to build an organization that they founded two years ago called BHS Stop Harassing, working to transform the culture of sexual harassment & sexual assault in the Berkeley Unified School District & beyond. This year, JYCA youth canvassed regularly against Islamophobia all over the Bay Area in partnership with local synagogues and mosques. JYCA youth joined a coalition organizing the No Coal in Oakland campaign, and organized with youth from all over the East Bay to ban coal exports from Oakland. 
JLens' Jewish Advocacy Fund invests in the most powerful companies in the US and advocates for Jewish communal concerns - social justice, environmental preservation, and support for Israel. Investors include leading Jewish institutions. On December 5, 2017JLens will host the Jewish Impact Investing Summit at Fordham University in NYC.
In the past year, Moishe Kavod House has continued its partnerships with Partakers, the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, City Life/Vida Urbana, Moishe House, and others. We also developed a rapid-response system for regularly and publicly showing up for racial justice actions, started writing a racial justice curriculum for Jewish congregations, and ran two Giving Circles which gave over $1,500 each to Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the Student Immigration Movement, Matahari Women's Workers' Center, and the Muslim Justice League. With a few weeks of our annual Membership Drive to go, Moishe Kavod House has already raised over $13,400 from just 63 new or renewing members! As a young adult community, we are extremely proud to see our organizing result in such powerful collective ownership.
In 2016 we have focused our efforts on conducting an awareness raising campaign both in Israel and in the US. In this year some small but significant inroads have been made, including the granting of Refugee Status to the first Refugee from Sudan, the Zionist Union submitting a bill to address the rights of Asylum Seekers, and the inclusion of this issue intoInternational Jewish organizations such as the Rabbinical Assembly. 
Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation of Greater Washington creates social change for women and girls locally and in Israel, and empowers purposeful, effective philanthropists.
After several years of offering summer programs for high school students, Tivnu launched the first domestic Jewish gap year program for 17- to 20-year-olds in 2014. Participants live together, create community, discover the Pacific Northwest, and explore connections between Jewish life and social justice with their heads, hands, and hearts. Through their hands-on internships with our grassroots partners, the 16 young adults of our first two cohorts contributed over 16,000 hours to help ensure that the basic human rights of those with whom they worked were met.
Since breaking ground in 2011, Urban Adamah has donated over 30,000 lbs of organic produce through it's Free Farm Stand to community members who would not otherwise have access to healthy vegetables. In 2015, Urban Adamah began serving free produce to more than 120 people each week and expanded it's offerings through their free food distribution program, giving participants access to free health screenings, nutrition demos and Cal Fresh application services.  For more information click here:
As of 2014, Uri L'Tzedek’s Tav HaYosher -- a grassroots initiative to bring workers, restaurant owners and community members together to create just workplaces in kosher restaurants -- has been awarded to over 125 kosher restaurants in 11 states and 2 countries in North America.  
This summer Yaffed sent a petition to the NYC Department of Education Chancellor and to the NY State Department of Education commissioner, signed by over 1,500 Jewish rabbis and leaders, social justice warriors, and ordinary Jewish and non-Jewish people, urging them to ensure that students entering those schools for the 2016/17 school year get the education they deserve. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, one of the nation's pre-eminent law firms, just agreed to partner with us pro bono in our fight to give the tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic children the education they deserve.