Members & Allies

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In 2015 Ameinu promoted values of social justice and peace in Israel, the US and internationally. Ameinu engaged the Jewish community – including over 440 rabbis - to support the Iranian nuclear deal. Ameinu developed a guide for progressives in North America to work for human rights, peace and reconciliation in Israel and Palestine. And domestically and in Israel, Ameinu advocated to support vulnerable refugees, including those from Syria, Sudan and Eritrea.   
AJWS helped secure the appointment of the first ever U.S. State Department Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons; advanced a major grant making and advocacy campaign to end early and child marriage in India; raised and spent significant sums to cope with the ravages of the earthquakes in Nepal; and worked extensively on the statelessness problems of the Dominicans of Haitian Descent and of the Rohingya Muslim population in Western Burma.  In addition we announced and are implementing a leadership transition plan, making Robert Bank the President and CEO of AJWS effective July 1, 2016; Ruth Messinger will assume the position of Global Ambassador.   
In 2015, AVODAH Service Corps members added over $1.7 million in staffing capacity to front-line antipoverty agencies, and helped bring critical services to over 54,000 individuals in need.  This year, AVODAH welcomed our 18th Service Corps cohort and our third cohort of the New York City Fellowship, and expanded the Fellowship program to Chicago.  
In 2015, Bend the Arc expanded our grassroots network of chapters and affiliates to 14 cities across the country, doubled the size of our online audience of activists, and Bend the Arc Jewish Action launched the first Jewish PAC focused on progressive domestic issues. Building on this growth, we spoke out against xenophobic rhetoric in the election, reaching more than 2 million people with our first TV ad, and we took on — and stopped — three “religious freedom” bills that would have allowed for rampant LGBTQ discrimination.
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.
In just ten years, Challah for Hunger has grown from a grassroots project to a multinational movement. Our 70 chapters across the United States, Canada, England and Australia have raised over more than half a million dollars for anti-genocide and hunger-related causes and engage thousands of college students in social justice work.
In 2015, Hazon launched a regional office in Detroit, Michigan. Hazon Detroit has established a long term fellowship program to support the Jewish community in greening congregations, promoting eco-awareness, farming, and gardening. Hazon will play a key role in shaping the Detroit Jewish community’s relationship to food and the environment.
HIAS is the global Jewish organization that protects and advocates for refugees. In 2015, we resettled over 3,200 refugees in 22 communities across America, and helped them to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity. Overseas, HIAS aided more than 350,000 refugees in nine countries through resettlement assistance, legal services, trauma counseling, and employment programs. The Jewish response to refugees, HIAS also educated and mobilized tens of thousands of American Jews in 2015 and advocated on critical policy issues.
After an eight year battle, JALSA helped ​lead the successful passage of a ballot measure to ensure sick days for over 1 million Massachusetts workers. With our coalition partners, we also helped pass the highest state minimum wage and pass comprehensive gun safety legislation. 
Jewish Community Action
In 2015, more than 400 people attended 38 house parties to engage our members in our work for racial and economic justice. Our criminal justice leadership team was part of a coalition which worked with the state's Sentencing Guidelines Commission to pass reform which reduces sentences for nonviolent offenders. After working to pass a responsible banking ordinance in Minneapolis, which requires banks seeking to do business with the city to disclose data on their lending practices, JCA worked with the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota to prepare a report using the data submitted. We presented the report to the Minneapolis City Council, who is not working with us to design a community benefits agreement to address these disparities. Our leadership team has now begun to move this work forward in Saint Paul, as well.  
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
JCPA organized its 5th annual Fighting Poverty with Faith mobilization, co-chaired with Catholic Charities and the National Council of Churches, in which over 30 communities nationwide called attention to the  housing crisis and  rising homelessness by urging Congress to fund the National Housing Trust Fund.
Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
In 2015, JCUA’s expanding membership reached 1,100. Our most significant accomplishment last year was our successful effort as part the Trauma Care Coalition to bring a Level-I trauma center to the University of Chicago on Chicago’s south side – an area in dire need of lifesaving trauma care.
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.
Under the leadership of Jacob Feinspan, recently named a "Faith Leader to Watch in 2016," JUFJ helped win paid sick days in Montgomery County. We're fighting to protect and expand affordable housing through a campaign to transform rent court in Baltimore, and another to tighten rent control laws in Washington DC. Our police accountability and anti-racism efforts in Baltimore now include work on statewide police reform. And we’re leading efforts to ensure paid family and medical leave for everyone who lives or works in Washington, DC.
Last year JOIN for Justice trained over 950 social justice organizers, rabbis and other Jews to be powerful leaders in social justice struggles.  In 2015, we launched Don't Kvetch, Organize!, a national online course where 193 lay leaders from across the country learned how to use community organizing to make real change in their communities, and how our Jewish tradition and history inform our own commitments and approaches to acting for justice.  
Keshet gives Jewish institutions the tools, knowledge and support to implement programs and policies that lead to greater equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews in Jewish life. In 2015 alone, Keshet's work with Jewish professionals impacted the lives of more than 170,000 Jewish community members across the country. Through our ever-growing teen programming, such as our LBGTQ & Ally Teen Shabbaton, and the events and programs we host and co-sponsor throughout the year, Keshet provides a space for LGBTQ Jews to be their full and authentic selves.
Recently, MAZON testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition regarding hunger among military families and veterans. We expanded our Rural and Remote initiative to include a groundbreaking effort aimed at ending abnormally high rates of hunger in Native American communities. We also launched phase 2 of our Solutions to Senior Hunger initiative, designed to help break down the barriers that prevent seniors from getting the nutrition assistance they need.
The progressive Jewish women of NCJW advance social and economic justice for women, children, and families in the US and Israel. In 2015 we generated more than 64,000 communications to policymakers, and we trained leaders from 30 cities to present a strong faith-based voice for reproductive justice, judicial nominations, anti sex trafficking, and gender equality; plus gun safety, voting and immigrant rights, and more.
NIF, which advances and protects Israeli democracy, is expanding to better strengthen the hundreds of organizations and thousands of activists it supports.  In 2015, NIF provided more than $20 million in core and donor-advised grants to Israel’s human rights, social justice and religious freedom organizations.
The Rabbinical Assembly through its Social Justice Commission has focused on promoting awareness around the critical issues of human trafficking, gun violence and food justice and providing tools and strategies for its 1700 Conservative rabbi members to work on these issues in their communities. 
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College is a progressive rabbinical school and network of Reconstructionist communities committed to egalitarianism and inclusion.  With a unique specialization in social justice organizing, we’ve focused on environmental activism and closing the wealth gap.  Our pioneering Department of Multifaith Studies works with members of other religions to create community-based interfaith learning opportunities.
The RAC annually organizes an intensive four-day seminar in Washington DC, focused on prayer, study and discussion of Jewish values and social justice, in which 2,000 Reform high school students come from across the country to learn about critical public policy issues and advocate on Capitol Hill.
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 30,000 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 4,000 Jewish young adults in service and educational programming the previous year to more than 12,000 participants last year.  
T’ruah brings the moral voice of rabbis and of the Jewish tradition to the most pressing human rights issues in North America, Israel, and the occupied Palestinian territories.  We mobilize a network of 1800 rabbis and cantors, along with their communities, to make a concrete impact on human rights. In 2015, T'ruah engaged rabbis and Jewish communities across the country in working to transform systems of mass incarceration in the U.S., through legislative changes in policing, solitary confinement, and sentencing. We also launched "Eifo George," a video and campaign asking the Jewish National Fund for transparency in how much U.S. donor money supports settlements in the West Bank.
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.

In the summer of 2014, American Jewish Society for Service’s (AJSS) pluralistic high school participants cumulatively completed 6,000+ community service hours as part of AJSS' Summer of Service, during which these dynamic teens teamed up with soup kitchens, homeless shelters, underprivileged schools, urban gardens, animal rescues, assisted living communities, and natural disaster recovery organizations to effect change in communities across the country.
In 2014, Amir partnered with 22 summer camps, exposing 4,000 youth to issues of hunger, climate change, and our Jewish impetus to serve others. Through gardening, Amir facilitated bountiful gardens at these camps donated 1,700 lbs. of food to local food shelves across the country.
Association of Jewish Family & Children's Agencies (AJFCA)  has elevated the voice of Jewish human service providers on behalf of individuals and families across North America.  AJFCA is collaborating with the U.S. government and Jewish communal partners to increase needed services to aging Holocaust Survivors.
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.
Footsteps supports a vibrant association of individuals who have left -- or are contemplating leaving -- an insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish society, by fostering social and professional networks, providing crucial services, as well as promoting the concerns and celebrating the accomplishments of its members. As of December 2014, we are 1,000 members strong.
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.
The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) works with congregations and communities throughout the South to advance social justice. In 2015, we welcomed our new Director of Community Engagement, Dave Miller. In 2016, we've added two new Mississippi counties participating in T.A.P., our public school peer mediation initiative; and we re-launched our literacy program Read, Lead, Succeed.
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.
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. 
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.
Linking the Jewish community and the labor movement, the JLC enables both sectors to work together through activities like Labor on the Bimah, which highlight the intersection of Jewish tradition and worker rights and our Labor Seders that bring together local trade unionists and local Jewish community representatives.
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.
Jewish Youth for Community Action (JYCA) joined with Bend the Arc and local community groups to win California’s Proposition 30, a progressive taxation measure to fund public services such as education. JYCA youth canvassed door-to-door, phone-banked, signed petitions and led workshops about the issue.
JLens mobilizes the Jewish community's investments to make the world a better place. In 2015, we launched the first Jewish values-aligned impact investing strategy to advocate as shareholders with the most powerful companies in the United States.
Ma'yan - Listen for a change
Ma'yan 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!
The Moishe Kavod House is a vibrant, Boston-based young adult Jewish community dedicated to social justice. In 2015, the Moishe Kavod House developed and faciliated a series of racial justice trainings which impacted over 50 Jewish young adults. Through the trainings, our community wrestled with their Jewishness, privilege, racism, and history, and how Jews can challenge the racism that exists both within the Jewish community and in the wider local context.  
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. 
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.