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ALEPH: Alliance For Jewish Renewal
ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal was founded in 1993 and envisions a contemporary Judaism that is joyous, creative, spiritually rich, socially progressive, and earth-aware. This vision arises out of our search for a renewed personal connection to the God of our ancestors and the legacy of our tradition, in service of our higher dreams for the future of our world. The mission of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal is to fully embrace a contemporary egalitarian Judaism as a profound spiritual practice and social transformer, reaching beyond religious boundaries and institutional structures worldwide. ALEPH brings spiritual vitality and passion into the daily lives of Jews through programs that empower leadership, build communities, and generate powerful experiences and practical resources. There are about 40 network affiliates/communities located both in the US and abroad.
AJWS has rallied a global effort to call for justice and hold the Burmese government accountable for their crimes against the Rohingya people. In addition to their grantmaking in the region, AJWS led the Jewish Rohingya Justice Network, a diverse coalition of 26 organizations. Most recently, the Network mobilized 52 American Jewish organizations and over 500 rabbis and cantors to demand the Senate Foreign Relations Committee markup the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act, which calls for justice in Burma. This Network also applies global pressure to demand safe and dignified repatriation of Rohingya refugees and accountability for the persecuted ethnic and religious minorities in the country.
Avodah places members of its Jewish Service Corps at leading anti-poverty nonprofits in Chicago, New Orleans, New York, or Washington, DC, for a year of learning, working, and living communally. It also runs a Justice Fellowship in Kansas City. Avodah created a Racial Justice Task Force, which led to several new programmatic and organizational initiatives, working to ensure that its community reflects the full richness and diversity of the American Jewish community.
In 2019, Bend the Arc undertook a historic expansion of its Jeremiah Fellowship program to eight cities nationwide, centering the voices and leadership of young Jews in building the Jewish progressive movement. Fellows joined Bend the Arc's grassroots leaders across the country to call on their electeds to #DefundHate, stop terrorizing and detaining immigrant communities, and confront the growing threat of white nationalism. Locally, Bend the Arc played key roles in enacting pretrial reform and winning driver's licenses for all New Yorkers regardless of immigration status and, in California, ending the indiscriminate use of police force.
The Central Conference of American Rabbis is the Reform Rabbinic leadership organization. The CCAR enriches and strengthens the Jewish community by fostering excellence in the Reform Rabbis who lead it, in whatever setting they serve, and through the resources and publications it provides the Jewish community.
Challah for Hunger builds communities of leaders inspired and equipped to take action against hunger. With over 85 campus chapters and 10 community chapters nationwide, we provide tools and training resources to our volunteers to create community, make real change through effective advocacy, and participate in collective philanthropy – all within a single program. Before COVID-19, 1 in 3 college students at four-year universities experienced food insecurity. Campus closures have highlighted the realities of college hunger and Challah for Hunger is taking action to #fuelhighered, our new national advocacy campaign. We are a movement of individuals and organizations advocating for Fundamental, Universal, Equitable, Long-term state and federal solutions to campus hunger.
Hazon, founded in 2000, is the largest faith-based environmental organization in the US and is building a movement that strengthens Jewish life and contributes to a more environmentally sustainable world for all. As the Jewish lab for sustainability, Hazon inspires individuals and communities to make specific commitments to change with a particular focus on food systems. Hazon's #soundthecall celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day welcomed over 1,500 participants and coordinated 24 speakers in six time zones. Hazon recently launched the Jewish Youth Climate Movement as an effort to mitigate climate change by empowering teens and mobilizing communities to take action. In response to the coronavirus crisis, Hazon Detroit started a Relief Garden Initiative that now delivers seeds and compost to help people grow fresh produce to donate to those in need.
In response to the administration’s family separation policy and other attacks on the asylum protection system, HIAS mobilized to work at the US/Mexico border and launched a Border Fellows program. HIAS also strengthened its global advocacy through numerous trainings and grew in myriad ways, including the launch of a new partnership with Islamic Relief USA to protect refugees in Greece and expanded services in South and Central America in response to the refugee crisis in the region.
As a response to rising antisemitism, JALSA emphasized the importance of our coalition and volunteer engagement work in 2019, and was a strong visible Jewish voice in solidarity with other groups experiencing the impacts of discrimination and bigotry. JALSA supported campaigns to pass legislation guaranteeing undocumented immigrants the right to drivers’ licenses and for due process rights and worked on protecting a woman's right to choose. JALSA also worked on racial profiling, making sure data was collected as part of the hands-free phone traffic stop bill and the facial surveillance bill, which could have negative impacts on the minority community.  JALSA began a project with the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts to develop faith-based markets for products produced by Black-owned businesses and developed curricula in two areas – the history of housing discrimination and climate change – both of which are being piloted in Jewish and secular communities. JALSA has been involved in coalition efforts for progressive taxation to support public transportation and education, lowering the price of prescription drugs, voter registration reform, and gun violence prevention.
Jewish Community Action
Jewish Community Action and its partners organized in St. Paul to advocate for a set of residential tenants' rights policies that the city council adopted unanimously in July 2020. The ordinance, one of the most aggressive in the nation, requires landlords to justify in writing why they have chosen not to renew a tenant’s lease, limits move-in costs, and requires 90 days notice to tenants before an affordable home is sold to a market-rate developer. St. Paul is a renter-majority city and people of color and Indigenous people disproportionately rent (for example, 83 percent of African-American households rent vs. about 41 percent of white households).  Working as part of a multiracial coalition, JCA built a team of its members in St. Paul who researched the issue, lobbied their city council members, and testified publicly.
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) launched a national Criminal Justice Initiative to educate and mobilize the Jewish community to advocate for an end to mass incarceration. Its immigration advocacy included three advocacy days in DC and a Jewish sign-on letter with 350 Jewish organizations from the state and local levels. The JFNA/JCPA Blue Ribbon Task Force on Community Relations produced a report underscoring the field's vital role and setting out a pathway to respond to current and emerging challenges.
Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
  Now in its 5th decade, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs works to combat poverty, racism, and antisemitism working in partnership with diverse communities in Chicago. JCUA mobilizes the Jewish community to act on our Jewish values by partnering with grassroots organizations on issues that address the root causes of disparity and inequality in the city and region. JCUA elevates racial justice as a core part of its work. Jewish community members and area congregations are involved through membership, regular meetings, events, leadership development opportunities, and the Kol Or Jewish People of Color Caucus. Youth participate and learn Jewish Community Organizing in JCUA's College-aged Fellowship and Or Tzedek Internship during the school year. In addition, JCUA's zero-interest community development loan fund helps catalyze affordable housing and job creation across Chicago.  
Jewish Labor Committee
The New England Jewish Labor Committee supported the UNITE HERE Local 26 hotel workers during their One Job Should Be Enough campaign and six-week strike of the Marriott Hotels in Boston. The workers were victorious in winning a contract with significant gains in wages, benefits, sexual harassment protections for women, and paid parental leave. The New England Jewish Labor Committee worked behind the scenes to influence and support Jewish organizations to avoid crossing picket lines.
Jewish Youth for Community Action
In 2019, Jewish Youth for Community Action youth members co-organized the Bay Area School Strike for Climate and supported indigenous movements for land sovereignty on Mauna Kea and Ohlone Shellmound. JYCA launched its newest cohort, JAM, for youth who identify as Jews of Color, Sephardi, or Mizrahi to connect with each other and center cultural organizing. JYCA also expanded to San Francisco's Peninsula where two new cohorts joined its 50+ East Bay youth in learning about social issues, developing leadership skills, and taking action on issues of justice as young Jews. JYCA also designed youth-led workshops on antisemitism and white nationalism in anticipation of all to come in 2020.
Jews For Racial and Economic Justice
Jews For Racial & Economic Justice led the Jewish community in a city-wide coalition that passed the Right to Know Act, a long-overdue piece of local legislation in support of transparency and accountability in policing; organized care voters to lift up the importance of affordable and dignified care as a critical election issue, setting New York State up to reintroduce the NY Health Act in 2019 as the only single-payer health care bill in the country that includes universal long-term care; and hosted a transformational #Spring4BlackLives series of events and educational programs which culminated in the first-ever Juneteenth Seder, led by black Jewish leaders in the JFREJ community.
Jews United for Justice
Jews United for Justice spent 2019 protecting and expanding recent victories for working people in the greater DC-Baltimore region. Working with partners, major wins included passing affordable water legislation in Baltimore, increasing protection for immigrants in Montgomery County, winning significant racial equity legislation in Montgomery County, beginning tax collection to fund the Paid Family Leave program JUFJ spent years fighting for in DC, and launching a ten-year campaign to transform the lives of children ages 0-3 in DC. Together with coalition partners in Maryland, JUFJ also won a statewide $15 per hour minimum wage and successfully advocated for legal limits on the use of solitary confinement for pregnant women and minors.
JOIN for Justice
JOIN is proud to have worked alongside other organizations on this page to pass Amendment 4 in Florida, restoring the right to vote to 1.4 million people with prior felony convictions. JOIN served the campaign through coaching, training, strategy development, and media work.
Keshet works for the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and our families in Jewish life. Founded in 1996 as a volunteer-run group in Greater Boston, Keshet today is a national organization that equips Jewish organizations with the skills and knowledge to build LGBTQ-affirming communities, creates spaces in which all queer Jewish youth feel seen and valued, and advances LGBTQ rights. Keshet takes seriously the work of building a world in which people of all races and ethnicities can live in safety and are treated with dignity and respect.
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
MAZON is closely tracking and responding to various administrative proposals put forth by the US Department of Agriculture that would restrict nutrition assistance for millions of Americans and recently developed a new toolkit, “Wasting Time for Good: A Guide to Administrative Activism.” In response to unprecedented hunger and hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MAZON created a 50-State Hunger Resource Guide to connect people to vital food assistance programs, many of which are being led and administered by the organization’s anti-hunger partners around the country.
National Council of Jewish Women
In June 2019, the National Council of Jewish Women welcomed its new CEO, Sheila Katz, who immediately began increasing engagement across the country. More than 500 advocates attended the Washington Institute 2019 to hear from diverse and powerful voices and to lobby on Capitol Hill. For Tisha B’Av and together with partners, thousands of NCJW advocates came together at vigils and rallies around the country in support of immigrants and refugees. In the US House of Representatives, NCJW helped pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act, the Violence Against Women Act, and increased co-sponsorship of the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage (EACH Woman) Act to 170 members. In the US Senate, it continued to lead efforts promoting diverse, independent, and qualified judicial nominees, stopping some harmful nominees. NCJW increased awareness by training about the importance of the federal judiciary and the judges who serve in lifetime positions. Its members have kept up the drumbeat against hate, calling for Stephen Miller’s removal from the White House due to his policies rooted in white supremacy.
New Israel Fund
Among more than $20 million in support for Israeli human rights, social justice, and religious freedom organizations New Israel Fund's 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 faxes.
Rabbinical Assembly
The Rabbinical Assembly Social Justice Commission collaborated with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs to offer a three-session webinar series: Antisemitism in America Today. In an unprecedented collaboration, rabbis from the Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist movements and Jewish Community Relations Council and Jewish Federations professionals learned from three leading experts in antisemitism, white nationalism, and the rise of hate violence.
Reconstructing Judaism
Reconstructing Judaism is the central organization of the Reconstructionist movement. It trains the next generation of rabbis, supports and uplift congregations and havurot, fosters emerging expressions of Jewish life, and encourages people to be their best selves — always helping to shape what it means to be Jewish today and to imagine the Jewish future. Reconstructionists approach Judaism — and life — with deep consideration of the past and a passion to relate it to the present. It has originated many of the core innovations of today’s Judaism and lead efforts to make congregations and havurot even more groundbreaking, inclusive, and relevant.
Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association was established in 1974. Comprised of over 300 rabbis, the RRA has three primary missions: 1. It serves as a collegial community, in which professional and personal support and resources are provided to rabbis. 2. The RRA represents the rabbinic voice within the Reconstructionist movement, bringing the teachings, stories, and traditions of Judaism to bear on contemporary issues and challenges, and helping to define Reconstructionist positions on Jewish issues for our time. 3. The RRA represents the Reconstructionist rabbinate to the larger Jewish and general communities, through participation in programs, commissions, and other activities.   
Religious Action Center
In 2019, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism trained over 4,000 Reform Jews to organize for social justice through its L’Taken Teen Social Justice Seminar, the Consultation on Conscience, state lobby days, and webinars. The Kraus Family Foundation’s support allowed the RAC to create the Kraus Initiative for Immigrant and Refugee Justice to galvanize greater action amidst the immigration and refugee crisis. At its Biennial, the URJ became the first major Jewish denomination to adopt a resolution calling for the study of US slavery reparations. The RAC launched a network of student leaders supporting gun violence prevention and partnered with Women of Reform Judaism to create a campaign focused on reproductive health and rights. 
Repair the World
Repair the World mobilizes Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world, igniting a lifelong commitment to service. Repair believes service in support of social change is vital to a flourishing Jewish community and an inspired Jewish life. By 2030, Repair will inspire and catalyze one million acts of service towards repairing the world.
Society for Humanistic Judaism
Society for Humanistic Judaism launched Jews for a Secular Democracy, a new, pluralistic initiative that seeks to galvanize the Jewish community to defend the separation of church and state. Government policy on so many of the issues Jews care about including LGBTQ equality, reproductive rights, and even climate-change science are being strongly influenced by religious fundamentalism. Jews have a unique role in protecting First Amendment religious freedoms and this initiative also opposes “religious freedom” laws that allow businesses to discriminate against customers they object to on religious grounds. SHJ also advocates for the rights of secular Americans as a founding member of the Secular Coalition for America and seeks greater inclusion of openly non-theistic Jews in the broader Jewish community.
Over the past year, T’ruah has trained more than 50 future rabbis/cantors to be human rights leaders through a year-long program in Israel and a summer program in New York, as well as bringing more than 25 rabbis to the West Bank to witness the human rights conditions on the ground.  T’ruah engaged New Jersey rabbis and their communities in passing the most progressive solitary confinement law in the country.  T’ruah also coordinated 57 protests in 26 states on Tisha B’Av 2019 to demand an end to the detention of children and adults, in partnership with national and local partners; brought two delegations of rabbis to witness at the border, and to Homestead, Florida to protest the child detention center; and organized Mikdash, a network of seventy sanctuary synagogues that commit to protecting immigrants at risk of deportation.
Union of Reform Judaism
In 2019, the Union for Reform Judaism expanded its work in audacious hospitality, furthering its work addressing systemic oppression and systems of privilege and striving to create more equitable and inclusive Jewish communities. The URJ launched the 2019-2020 JewV’Nation Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Cohort as well as its new “Wholly Jewish” podcast featuring April Baskin and the 2018 JewV’Nation Jews of Color Leadership Cohort. The URJ led DEI trainings for Reform Jewish leaders in congregations, camps, and at the URJ Biennial, and made significant institutional commitments to equity and inclusion work throughout the organization, including staff-wide DEI trainings and working groups.
Workers Circle
Celebrating its 120th year, the Workers Circle (formerly the Workmen’s Circle) is a social justice organization that powers progressive Jewish identity through cultural engagement, activism, and yiddishkayt. In 2019, in addition to launching our new name, the Workers Circle was a lead Jewish organizer in the immigrant-led coalition for the successful Green Light New York Campaign that granted drivers’ licenses to undocumented immigrants. We helped force JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo to divest from the private prison industry through activism in the Corporate Backers of Hate campaign. In 2020, we grew the Youth Stand Up for Justice teen activist program, connecting over 1,000 teens with our Jewish social justice values and traditions. 


Over the past year Ameinu has been involved in many social justice initiatives. In 2019, Ameinu was among the founding members of the Progressive Israel Network (PIN), bringing together 10 Jewish organizations to amplify progressive voices in the American Jewish community around Israel-related issues. Later that year, Ameinu helped lead a successful campaign for the World Zionist Congress elections together with PIN members and others, running as the Hatikvah Progressive Israel Slate. Ameinu continued its support for, and facilitation of, affiliated entities, The Third Narrative and Project Rozana. The former successfully combated efforts to boycott Israel in academic forums while the latter expanded its efforts to build bridges of understanding between Israelis and Palestinians through healthcare.
Founded in 2001, aytzim is an all-volunteer grassroots nonprofit with five projects: EcoJews- hosting Jewish-enviromental cultural events in the San Francisco Bay Area. Green Zionist Allian- connecting the Diaspora to Israeli-enviromental education and advocacy. online home and educational library of the Jewish-enviromental movement.   Jews of the Earth- local Jewish-enviromental action and advocacy in the greater Washington, DC, area.   Shomrei Breishit: Rabbis and Cantors for the Earth- Jewish-enviromental and interfaith clerical education, action and advocacy on climate change, as part of a joint project with GreenFaith.      
Carolina Jews for Justice
In 2019, Carolina Jews for Justice took its organizing to the next level! It organized four Tisha B'Av events, which contributed to a successful campaign to block a local anti-immigrant law. CJJ facilitated workshops for over 120 people across the state about white nationalism, white supremacy, and antisemitism. CJJ turned out hundreds of people for the first Never Again action in the rural South, and received NC Raise Up's 2019 Solidarity Award for its consistent advocacy for economic justice.
Detroit Jews for Justice
Detroit Jews for Justice liaises to a number of different regional issues and does all of its work in partnership. DJJ's core focus is clean and affordable water issues, continued organizing with the People's Water Board Coalition to resist mass water shut-offs, and with the Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures to fight for housing justice.
Ekar Farm
Now in its 10th year,  Ekar Farm serves as a focal point for Denver’s Jewish community to come together around issues of food justice, environmentalism, and urban farming. Ekar has been integral in providing new ways for Jews to connect to their heritage while simultaneously assisting in the cause to end hunger. Ekar is responding to COVID-19 by increasing the amount of fresh, local, and nutrient-dense produce grown for donation and has assisted over 3,500 gardeners and 28 organizations this year in establishing gardens for food security. Ekar's earth-based program offerings now include collaborations around creating an equitable food system in Metro Denver and experiential education for people of all ages to learn and respond to crises caused by climate change.
When Eshel launched the High School Pledge campaign in 2018, it immediately went viral on social media. The campaign sparked conversations amongst dozens of school administrators in Orthodox yeshivot to create written and explicit LGBTQ inclusion policies for their students. Eshel launched the Welcoming Shuls Project (WSP) in 2014 and has now more than 150 Orthodox rabbis across the United States who are engaged in dialogue towards becoming a “Welcoming Shul.” Eshel has successfully reached tens of thousands of people by working to change how Orthodox institutional leaders understand LGBTQ inclusion.
Footsteps supports and affirms individuals and families who have left, or are contemplating leaving, insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in their quest to lead self-determined lives. These courageous individuals struggle to redefine their lives despite punitive reactions from family and friends, little if any secular education, a lack of experience with modern gender roles, and, in some cases, a limited command of English. Footsteps provides a range of services including social and emotional support, educational and vocational guidance, and workshops and social activities. We uplift Footsteps’ members as experts on their own journeys and create opportunities for members, service providers, academics, allies, philanthropists, fellow travelers, and sister groups from across the world to explore the central questions, opportunities, and needs of the formerly ultra-Orthodox. Footsteps has served over 1,700 members since its founding in 2003.    
Habonim Dror North America
In the summer of 2019, Habonim Dror North America educated and empowered 1,200 campers and 300 staff members at six camps throughout North America and two teen summer programs. Habonim Dror expanded the Bonimot Tzedek leadership and social action program for high schoolers with participants tackling immigration, gun violence, and climate justice issues. Habonim Dror brought over 100 young people on journeys to experience Israel in deep, engaging, and challenging ways, ranging from its ten-day Birthright program, Exploring Israel as a Shared Society, to the Workshop gap year, during which participants volunteer with Israeli peers to educate children about workers’ rights, peace, and justice.  
Institute of Southern Jewish Life
The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life continues to embody the vital legacy of the Jewish pursuit of social justice in the South, even in the midst of the pandemic. ISJL adapted its literacy and conflict resolution programs to move online and meet its community partners' needs for virtual learning. Internally, ISJL staff are creating Allyship and Advocacy Learning sessions, deepening their own racial justice education and hoping to incorporate these lessons into the ISJL's ASK (Act, Share, Keep) Jewish Social Justice modules for southern synagogues.
J-Teen Leadership
J-Teen Leadership is dedicated to empowering and inspiring Jewish teens from all backgrounds with leadership training, core Jewish values, and community service so they can start contributing to the Jewish community and the world - today! J-Teen Leadership provides a platform for teens to develop a collective voice, address issues confronting society, connect to one another, and be change agents in repairing the world. Recognizing that teens are critical thinkers who can mobilize and motivate their peers, J-Teen Leadership programming is teen-led, meaningful, and fun.  
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston
JCRC of Greater Boston continues to respond to the multiple threats of this political moment in many ways; they’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. They collaborated with our interfaith organization on a 1700 person gathering across faith lines, organized with just several days’ notice.
In 2013-14, the JCRC of Greater New Haven found ways for the numerous constituencies within our community to unite.  For example, they 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.
JCRC of Milwaukee
The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation speaks as the representative of the Jewish community on issues of public affairs and public policy by convening and mobilizing the Jewish community through education, advocacy, social justice, and support for Israel. The JCRC works across multiple coalitions to advocate for a more just society including the Community Coalition for Quality Policing focused on bringing needed reform to Milwaukee.
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. 
JCRC of St. Louis
The Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis creates consensus and leads advocacy efforts in the organized Jewish community, ensuring that our voices are amplified and heard. The JCRC builds bridges with other faith, ethnic, civil, and political groups that share its passion for social justice, forging relationships based on the issues the community cares about most.
JCRC of the Sacramento Region
The JCRC of the Sacramento Region educates about and advocates to build communities of belonging and strong interrelationships. We have taken stands to support safe immigration through our Latino-Jewish Forum. We supported the Police Use of Force bill, now law, and we continue to build relationships with organizational leaders like CAIR, NAACP, and the Department of Justice. We show up to City Council, County Board of Supervisors, and CA Department of Education to battle discrimination in all forms. We educate about our pluralistic identity and lift our voices in action to repair our world.
Jewish Community High School of the Bay
JCHS is committed to pursuing racial justice and integrating education about racism across disciplines. We teach workshops on identity, power, marginalization, and bystander intervention to all new students. We send a cohort of JCHS educators and students annually to the People of Color at Independent Schools Conference; require the entire Professional Community to participate in workshops that include "Systems of Racial Inequity,” "Unpacking Cultural Appropriation," and "Interrupting Bias;" and convene both a White Antiracist Educators group and book club. Our hiring process for every position includes a screening interview around cultural diversity competence, and our all-school assembly program continues to feature social justice and equity issues such as a recent panel of neighborhood leaders addressing the history of racist policies that led to the displacement of Black individuals and businesses in the Western Addition.
The Jewish Emergent Network exists to amplify each member organization’s work and harness our collective power to inject creative inspiration into and help transform Jewish life. We comprise the leaders of seven path-breaking Jewish communities from across the United States who have come together in the spirit of collaboration. These include: IKAR in Los Angeles, Kavana in Seattle, The Kitchen in San Francisco, Mishkan in Chicago, Sixth & I in Washington, D.C., and Lab/Shul and Romemu in New York, and each of our organizations is deeply involved in social justice work on the local, regional, national and international level, each in our own way. Among our core shared values is embracing Judaism as a vehicle for justice and claiming a Jewish moral voice.
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.
A highlight of JWA's 2018 work was beginning their Archiving #MeToo project, the goal of which is to ensure that the breadth of Jewish voices and experiences is captured and preserved during this watershed moment. These stories illustrate the systems and structures that shape women’s experiences, as well as our collective power to make change.
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.
JWW works to end genocide and mass atrocities worldwide by educating and mobilizing individuals, advocating for policy changes and funding projects to support and build resilience in conflict-affected communities. JWW believes the Jewish people must educate ourselves, raise their collective voices, and refuse to stand idly by while atrocities take place. The principles have formed the foundation for the three pillars to our work: Education, Advocacy, and our Projects on-the-ground.
This year, Kavod officially became an independent organization and ensured our financial stability for many years to come. We engaged in community-wide processes focused on three strategic topics for the future. The community hired its first-ever JOCISM (Jews of Color/Indigenous/Sephardi/Mizrahi) caucus organizer through the JOIN for Justice fellowship program and hosted two High Holiday services (Ashkenazi and Sephardi/Mizrachi liturgy) for over 300 people. We continued to facilitate the anti-racism curriculum across synagogues in Boston, led city-wide initiatives to create security practices that rely on solidarity rather than policing, and helped shift over $100K to the Boston Ujima Project’s Black and Brown-led ecosystem from local faith communities.
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, they have hosted speakers and trainers on community organizing, advocacy, journalism, electoral politics, city government, immigrants and refugees, antisemitism and Islamophobia. They 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.
At this time of cultural upheaval and polarization, Moving Traditions emboldens preteens and teens by fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism, and forming connections to Jewish life, in partnership with hundreds of synagogues, JCCs, camps, and other Jewish institutions. Our latest initiative, CultureShift, prepares camp leaders to train their counselors and staff to prevent sexual harassment and assault, and to promote healthy relationships rooted in safety, equity, and respect.  As part of this effort, we are piloting a set of professional-quality, sexual harassment training videos and a facilitator’s guide that can be used in a variety of informal Jewish educational settings.  
NJHSA has worked to engage local Jewish human service agencies in advocacy in opposition to proposed regulatory changes that would negatively impact clients, staff, and they communities they serve. In 2019, NJHSA mobilized member agencies to submit a flood of comments in opposition to the Administration’s proposals to broaden the public charge policy, lower the poverty threshold, and raise SNAP eligibility guidelines. These proposals would have a serious impact on immigration and the immigrant community, and leave millions of low-income Americans hungry and without health care.
Right Now
Right Now is an international coalition of Jews and allies who are advocating for the rights of the asylum seekers in Israel through awareness-raising, direct advocacy, and grassroots campaigns. Most recently, it campaigned against the “Deposit Law,” which especially harmed the most vulnerable asylum seekers and was ultimately overturned by Israel’s Supreme Court. Right Now has continued to advocate for asylum policies in Israel that are in line with Jewish values, human dignity, and international law - and has added its voice to the chorus of Jewish voices working to protect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees around the world.  
Once a noble Jewish ethic of peace in the home, the term sh’lom bayit has come to imply that Jewish families do not experience violence. When this myth is shattered, our community has blamed women for their failure to maintain the image of a “perfect Jewish family.” We hope that our name will spread a new message—not of keeping the family together at all costs, but of the right to true peace, safety, and sanctuary in one’s own home. Shalom Bayit’s mission is to foster the social change and community response necessary to eradicate domestic violence in the Jewish community. We strive to create effective, culturally-based strategies to improve Jewish community accountability and response to domestic violence. Our goals are to support and advocate on behalf of Jewish battered women and their children; to educate the Jewish community and its leadership about domestic violence; to empower Jewish youth with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy relationship choices; to organize effective abuse prevention and intervention strategies; and to improve Jewish women’s access to domestic violence services.  
Tikkun Olam Women's Foundation
In May 2020, the Tikkun Olam Women's Foundation Board unanimously voted to launch a COVID-19 Response Campaign to put women and girls front and center in the pandemic and going forward. TOWF developed a series of educational materials, Committee programs, and actions that individual Trustees could take to rebuild the local community. The materials included an in-depth analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls, particularly those of color. It was based on input from grantees and others as well as a research-driven data. Another document examined how the values of safety, respect, and equity should be incorporated in future actions to address the consequences of the pandemic. TOWF will be holding educational and fundraising activities to support women and girls in the coming months. Also in May, TOWF issued a statement of solidarity with the goals of Black Lives Matter from the perspective of its focus and commitment to addressing the impact of systemic racial injustice on women and girls.
Significant growth in the number of Gap Year participants allowed Tivnu to spread 1000 volunteer hours per participant to eight new sites, including Portland’s Criminal Justice Reform Clinic, Street Roots newspaper, Jobs with Justice, and Outside the Frame homeless youth video project. Tivnu has also doubled its national reach, with seven 3-10-day programs engaging school and synagogue groups from across the country.
Urban Adamah recently re-launched its Free Farm Stand through which the organization has donated over 30,000+ lbs of organic produce to community members who may not otherwise have access to healthy vegetables. Community partners provided free health screenings, nutrition demonstrations, Cal Fresh (food stamps) application services and other community resources. Urban Adamah has also been cultivating a relationship with the Native communities of the East Bay.
In 2018, Uri L'Tzedek fortified their work providing  relief for countless asylum seekers and refugees near the border. They have served over 10,000 asylum seekers by helping to address their urgent needs (medical, legal, shelter, food, medicine, supplies, etc.).
Yaffed’s mission is to ensure every child in Hasidic and ultra-Orthodox yeshivas receives the quality education to which they are entitled under the law. Founded by yeshiva graduates, Yaffed seeks to create systemic change at the legislative level while building grassroots support in the community for educational equity. Last year, Yaffed made important progress toward both of these objectives, including bolstering support for New York State’s proposed substantial equivalency regulations and launching a Rabbinical Council to better engage communities. Yaffed plans to continue building momentum for change in 2020.