Roundtable History

Karla Van Praag at a JOIN for Justice training for Roundtable members learning about civic engagement
Karla Van Praag at a JOIN for Justice training for Roundtable members learning about civic engagement

 

For decades, Jewish social justice leaders worked in silos, within their own organizations in different cities and were isolated from each other and from the broader movement. The Nathan Cummings Foundation's Visioning Justice and the American Jewish community report surveyed dozens of Jewish social justice leaders and laid out the case and reasoning for a Roundtable.

 

With the support of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, a group of Jewish social justice leaders gathered in 2009 to share ideas, resources and have a visioning conversation that became the establishment of the Roundtable. 

 

The first phase of the Roundtable - from 2009 to 2012 - focused on deepening relationships among Jewish social justice organizations. In 2012, the Roundtable began prioritizing collective action, including issue campaigns, communities of practice and building internal structures. Today, the Roundtable supports and advances strategic collaborations that motivate the Jewish community to act on social justice issues. While social justice has always been central to Jewish teachings, organizations that are part of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable are working to put it high on the agenda of contemporary Jewish life.