What is Jewish about Social Justice? A Collection of Resources

Social justice has been a pillar of Jewish tradition, history, and culture for thousands of years. Understanding the various ways that social justice is Jewish is complex and exciting. The resources below provide introductory perspectives on Jewish social justice. They are good starting points for anyone trying to understand the basic definitions of Jewish social justice.

The History of Jewish Social Justice in the US -- a resource in the form of a prezi that we, the Roundtable, created in 2017.

What’s Jewish About Social Justice? -- a four-hour curriculum from Avodah, created for their Service Corps Members

Jewish Articulations of Social Justice -- a compilation of texts that describe 7 articulations of Jewish social justice, created by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, for their Selah Leadership Program

Hineni ("Here I Am") -- a video showcasing the Jewish imperative for justice, through a speech from President Barack Obama, created by the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable

How Not to be a Shmuck: A Two-Part Guide to Behavior When Serving -- a discussion guide from Repair the World

Jewish Social Justice Beit Midrash -- source sheet from Repair the World for defining Jewish social justice

What’s Jewish About Justice? -- table tent signs created by Jewish Funds for Justice, posted on the Jewish Women’s Archive


What is the Jewish Social Justice Sector?

The following resources describe the history and context of the Jewish social justice sector:

History of Jewish Social Justice in 20th Century America - an online presentation (prezi) of the history of our sector, created by the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable 

This booklet created by the Roundtable and the Nathan Cummings Foundation gives a broad overview of the history of Jewish social justice in the US. 
Visioning Justice, a report commissioned by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, assessed the Jewish social justice field – through research, analysis, and reflection – and to identify key strategic directions for engaging more American Jews, more effectively, in issues of social and economic justice.
Written by Leonard Fein and published by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, "Fein calls for renewed attention to the quality of the community as a nurturing home for its members and for a more articulate and sturdier devotion to the work of tikkun olam, mending the world, on the part of the community."

Resources on Racial Justice for our Roundtable Community

Below are resources for Jewish organizations who are interested in applying a racial justice lens to their work, both internally and externally, in terms of educational opportunities, policies and practices, and more.

Resources for and by Jewish Organizations

Resources for Addressing Racism within Organizations