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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.
AJWS
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.
http://ccarnet.org/
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.
http://www.challahforhunger.org/
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.   
Hazon
In the last year Hazon expanded the JOFEE space by training a new cohort of fellows in Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education, bringing the total number of fellows around the country to 58. We also launched our new JOFEE Leaders Initiative, designed to develop a community of 18 professionals grounded in JOFEE teachings. We delivered in the last year the greatest number of programs in our history, to the greatest number of participants, including over 31,000 person-days of immersive experiences. In Detroit we produced the largest single event in our history - nearly 6,500 people came to the second Michigan Jewish Food Festival. We also launched Hakhel: The Jewish Intentional Communities Incubator, which is cultivating the emergence of a range of new experiments in Jewish community.
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.
The JLC helped establish a Massachusetts labor rights training program to bring family employers and domestic workers together to create fair employment contracts. The project follows on JLC’s successful support for a 2015 “Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.” With Smith College and Matahari Women's Worker Center, JLC has also created a record of this grassroots project by organizing oral histories of domestic workers and their employers. To date, some 21 interviews have been completed. We are also a member of the Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers, which meets periodically with the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General to share information about protecting domestic workers’ rights.
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 800,000 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.
MAZON’s three decades of building strong relationships with policymakers and anti-hunger organizations in nearly every state places it in a unique position to identify vulnerable populations who are otherwise underserved not only by government policy, but by the broader anti-hunger movement as well. In the last year, MAZON has launched work to highlight the specific barriers experienced by LGBT seniors, continued its important work to correct an oversight in existing law keeping food insecure, currently-serving military families from accessing the assistance they need (including testimony in Congress), has successfully advocated for questions on food insecurity to be integrated into the veteran intake process at VA agencies throughout the US, and has deepened its critical work to improve food security and health among rural, remote, and Native American communities. As the only non-native organization invited, MAZON joined tribal officials and Native food policy advocates to advise the new Administration on how to improve FDPIR (Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations), attended the Intertribal Agriculture Council annual conference, USDA FDPIR tribal consultation, and Senate Democratic Rural Summit, and joined the Native Farm Bill Coalition. 
NCJW
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 Moveon.org 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 (nominetwork.org) and one with Free the Slaves (freetheslaves.net). 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.
http://urj.org/
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.

Allies

http://aytzim.org/
Aytzim recently relaunched Jewcology.org and, in partnership with GreenFaith, launched Shomrei Breishit: Rabbis and Cantors for the Earth. For more information about Aytzim click here: http://aytzim.org/
Over 2017, Carolina Jews for Justice has been deepening our roots in communities across NC; through relationship building with partner organizations, continued support for new and emerging leadership, and ongoing conversations across difference. Highlights include: partnership with the Fight for 15 and Raising Wages NC to show support for NC workers and just wages, gathering a working group to address immigrant justice work in NC and how CJJ and the Jewish community can support, showings of the film, “13th” in Asheville and Raleigh that began conversations internally for CJJ and externally around systemic racism, and organizing an intergenerational caucus that is working to create resources and a practice around how to engage conflict in intergenerational settings.
http://www.detroitjewsforjustice.org/
In our third year, we made major leadership development headway, more than doubling our core of active leaders and expanding our staff. The hundreds who attended our cultural programming cheered on Mordechai and Esther as they fought public school closures and honored community partners on Hanukah. On the organizing front, we dove deep into our water justice work. We are currently working with People's Water Legislation to mobilize for the passage of state legislation related to mass water shut-offs in Detroit. We continue to take action on other regional issues such as worker rights and tax foreclosure.
http://www.eshelonline.org/
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.  
http://fairtradejudaica.org/
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.    
http://footstepsorg.org/
In 2017, our membership reached 1,400, and we actively served 664 individuals: a 40% increase over prior year. We cut the ribbon on a one-of-a-kind Footsteps-Moishe House in Crown Heights, introduced a remote membership model, and made headlines in The New York Times Magazine in an article (“The High Price of Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Life”) that reached #1 most read. The year closed with the Netflix release of One of Us in 191 countries, an Oscar-shortlisted documentary featuring three courageous “Footsteppers” at various stages of their exodus from ultra-Orthodox enclaves.
http://www.habonimdror.org/
In 2017, Habonim Dror North America educated and empowered 1,100 campers, over 300 staff members at 6 Habonim Dror camps throughout North America, and 78 post-10th graders on a summer journey through Israel. In recognition of its exceptional work in building strong and visionary young leaders, HDNA was awarded a grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation for Bonimot Tzedek, a youth leadership development program for high schoolers. In addition, HDNA has deepened its partnership with its Israeli sister youth movement (HaNoar Ha’Oved veHalomed) by bringing a delegation of four emissaries from the Israeli movement to help strengthen our local communities.
http://www.isjl.org/
The Community Engagement Department of the ISJL had a very busy 2017. We launched a literacy-based spring break day camp with 30+ volunteers (including two Hillel groups from the East Coast), started an all-family literacy program in partnership with the local library system, launched Jewish social justice modules that are accessible to any Jewish organization in the Southern region, and continued to grow our conflict resolution program that serves two states and over a dozen schools. 2018 promises to be another banner year as we welcome a new CEO and continue growing all of our programs-- into new schools, new states, and new opportunities!
www.jteenleadership.org
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.  
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston
We continue to respond to the multiple threats of this political moment in many ways; we’ve engaged 16 synagogues in supporting churches serving as sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants under threat of deportation and on the eve of a planned white supremacist march in Boston following Charlottesville, we collaborated with our interfaith organization on a 1700 person gathering across faith lines, organized with just several days’ notice.
http://jewishnewhaven.org/
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.
http://www.milwaukeejewish.org/jcrc/
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.
jewishmultiracialnetwork.org
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: jewishmultiracialnetwork.org
http://jwa.org/
2017 was a busy year for JWA; our achievements included the selection of the most diverse cohort of young women yet for the Rising Voices Fellowship; a redesigned blog (Jewish Women, Amplified); and the launch of We Celebrate, a new collection that enables users to create tributes to Jewish women who have made a difference in their lives. Of particular note was the creation of a new oral history collection, Archiving #MeToo, an online repository for Jewish women’s stories of harassment and assault both within the Jewish community and outside of it, intended to ensure that the breadth of women’s voices and experiences is captured and preserved during this watershed moment.
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.  
In the past year JYCA has been vibrant with the energy of tens of politically engaged Jewish youth taking action. JYCA youth have worked on a campaign to keep a coal terminal out of the city of Oakland, canvassed against Islamophobia, and protested the Muslim ban with community partners. JYCA youth facilitated over 20 workshops about social, racial, environmental and economic justice for their peers while also taking time to have fun together at retreats - celebrating shabbat, having talent shows, telling jokes, singing around bonfires and supporting one another as they organize for justice.
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.
The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan launched the Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility in July 2017. The Center aims to engage participants within and outside of our walls to become more effective civic actors through education, engagement and advocacy. Since opening, we have hosted speakers and trainers on community organizing, advocacy, journalism, electoral politics, city government, immigrants and refugees, antisemitism and Islamophobia. We've hosted a large social justice organization fair, a candidates' forum, a farmworkers' rights art exhibit and film, a justice book club, an afterschool kids’ social justice class, and much more is in the works. The Center is working in partnership with the JCC's other centers of excellence to infuse the entire institution with the values of social responsibility.
Following a strategic planning process that led to the expansion of our Community Board, Moishe Kavod House made ​significant commitments to becoming a more physically accessible community, moving our ​communal funds into a Black-owned bank​, and supporting the creation of a self-organized Jews of Color, Sephardi, and Mizrahi caucus. We have begun to share our anti-racism curriculum with local Jewish communities; we also raised over $5,000 of our own members’ money to support our relationships with grassroots ​​partner organizations​​ through our Housing Justice and Interfaith Organizing teams (including Boston Ujima Project and Muslim Justice League), and collected​ over a thousand​ votes​ and signatures​ for local and state legislation (Community Preservation Act and Raise Up MA). ​Our Jewish Life and Ritual Team regularly organizes Shabbat services and potlucks (as well as vibrant and well-attended Rosh Chodesh gatherings), and this year we hosted 180 young adults for a spirited Kol Nidre service and 80 members for a Shabbaton in June.​
Throughout 2017, Right Now continued its work with allies and partners to promote awareness about the issues of African asylum seekers in Israel, through panels, community events and speaking engagements. Right Now worked also closely in supporting the development of Canadian advocacy group. In December and January, the Israeli government announced plans to close the detention center in the south and hold mass deportations. Right Now jumped into action, facilitating coordinated efforts with partners HIAS, NIF, T'ruah and launched the #letushelp campaign.
Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation of Greater Washington creates social change for women and girls locally and in Israel, and empowers purposeful, effective philanthropists.
In 2017, Tivnu: Building Justice enriched and expanded its flagship Gap Year program. Tivnu offered new direct service and advocacy internship options as well as additional construction projects (beyond Habitat for Humanity) including tiny houses, water purification, and electrical features for and with formerly houseless individuals living in villages like Hazelnut Grove. The Gap Year participants were also involved in Interfaith Advocacy Day in Salem, Oregon and in canvassing for Measure 101, funding healthcare for 400,000 of Oregon’s most vulnerable residents, and Measure 26-179, funding affordable housing for thousands more. Tivnu has also hosted several school and synagogue groups for three- to nine-day social justice immersion programs in Portland, Oregon, and is planning a new summer social impact lab for teens in cooperation with The Greenhouse.
urbanadamah.org
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: http://urbanadamah.org/
We continue to provide Tav HaYosher, a grassroots initiative to bring workers, restaurant owners and community members together to create just workplaces in kosher restaurants. Senior Educator Rabbi Mike Moskowitz has expanded teaching, educational resources, and initiatives for transgender inclusivity and equality. 
In 2017, Yaffed invested heavily in community organizing to build a groundswell of support for Yeshiva reform. We piloted two issues of our Yiddish-language educational newsletter “L’Lamdou Umnous,” which was mailed directly to 20,000 Hasidic homes, and we launched a multimedia testimonial series, “Yaffed Voices,” which gave Yeshiva graduates a platform to tell their stories. Yaffed also made serious headway in advocacy by publishing a first-of-its-kind 90-page comprehensive report, “Non-Equivalent,” and caused the New York State Education Department to announce their plan to release strengthened guidelines for nonpublic school equivalency in 2018.