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.   
In 2016, AJWS supported 450 human rights organizations in 19 countries working to defend civil and political rights, advance sexual health and rights, promote climate justice and respond to disasters. In particular, AJWS helped Haitian communities recover and rebuild after Hurricane Matthew; supported a coalition in El Salvador that achieved a nationwide ban on harmful metallic mining; launched the second half of a $30 million, six-year initiative to end early and child marriage in India; responded to the statelessness crisis in the Dominican Republic; and successfully campaigned to influence USAID to prohibit its contractors from denying services and aid to LGBT people.    
As the only organization devoted to creating a nationwide network of Jewish social justice leaders, Avodah is proud to have provided transformative experiences and skill-building opportunities to young Jewish adults across the country this year. As a result of our investment, some 50,000 people coping with the challenges of poverty received critical medical care, were represented in immigration or housing court, or became the first in their families to be accepted to college. Avodah alumni brought their expertise and leadership acumen to hundreds of Jewish organizations and antipoverty nonprofits across the country. Through our writing, teaching and community programming, hundreds of thousands of American Jews learned about the ways in which Jewish thought and tradition can inspire our community's efforts to end poverty in United States.  
During the 2016 election cycle, Bend the Arc Jewish Action launched one of the first coordinated efforts to oppose the candidacy of Donald Trump and the dangerous, hateful, and bigoted agenda he brought to his presidential campaign. The “We’ve Seen This Before” campaign reached millions of people and motivated tens of thousands of American Jews to take action — and earned us the title of “Most Valuable Activist Campaign” in the Nation’s 2016 Progressive Honor Roll. The grassroots momentum has continued since the election with more than 45,000 new people joining Bend the Arc - taking to the streets, calling their representatives and demanding that the hateful policies of the Trump Administration be stopped before they take root.
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 2016, we resettled over 4,200 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 12 countries through resettlement assistance, legal services, trauma counseling, and employment programs. HIAS also educated and mobilized tens of thousands of American Jews in 2016 (including 360+ synagogues and 2000+ rabbis) as part of the national grassroots Jewish movement for refugees and advocated on critical policy issues to protect the human rights of refugees.
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
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
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 2016, 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: Passage of the IL Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights; Initial implementation of the Level I adult trauma center on Chicago’s South Side, along with the creation of a Community Advisory Board which includes two members of the Trauma Care Coalition ; the launch of a campaign for police accountability; and the creation of “Do Not Stand Idly By,” JCUA’s post-election rapid response initiative to stand with immigrants and refugees. In addition, JCUA’s community investment fund provided zero-interest predevelopment loans to 5 affordable housing and community development projects, and 28 highschoolers were trained in social justice organizing through a Jewish lens.
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.
This has been a busy year for JUFJ, recently named "Ally of the Year" by the AFL-CIO Metro Council, in honor of our work on Paid Family Leave and minimum wage. Under the leadership of JUFJ, DC won the strongest Paid Family & Medical Leave program in the nation. After four years of work from JUFJ, the MD General Assembly just passed a comprehensive Earned Sick Leave law this past week, which will benefit nearly three quarters of a million workers. In Baltimore, under the leadership of Molly Amster, who recently won the Baltimore Federation's Professional Development Institute's "Community Impact Award," JUFJ helped pass the first major police accountability reform in the Maryland legislature in a decade, and continues to fight for tenants' rights.
Last year JOIN for Justice trained over 800 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 year, we are proud to be launching a new initiative-- "ROAR" (Resistance, Organizing, Action, and Resilience), providing training in 15-20 cities around the country, focused on those people who are willing and eager to get involved politically in this unique moment, but don't yet know how.  
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.
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 2016, NCJW was the leading faith organization in the national All Access coalition, working across the country to coordinate a series of cultural events designed to galvanize the public in support of abortion access. Over 30 NCJW sections across the country engaged in anti-trafficking advocacy & education, and dozens of sections worked to get out the vote as a part of our work on civic engagement. We led two major campaigns targeting the US Supreme Court, engaging thousands of members and supporters in the fight to fill the Supreme Court vacancy with a qualified and independent justice.
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.
Recent and upcoming training topics for our over 350 rabbis include Racial Justice, Immigrant and Refugee support, Community Organizing, and Civil Disobedience.  We are the rabbinic voice of the Reconstructionist movement in the larger Jewish and social justice communities and actively seek to articulate Jewish values and perspectives on justice in the public sphere.
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 has become one of the most visible Jewish organizations bringing a moral voice to protecting human rights during this administration. In February, nineteen T'ruah rabbis were arrested at Trump International Hotel protesting the travel ban. That same week, 200 rabbis and cantors from across the country came together for a T'ruah convening to get training on being human rights leaders, and to organize for moving forward. On the Israel front, in September, we won a major victory when the Jewish National Fund released a list of their projects, including how much funding goes to the settlements, after a year-long T'ruah campaign.
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.
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.
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.  
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.
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!
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.