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ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal recently launched our Earth-Based Judaism certification program through our virtual seminary. The purpose of the program is to learn Jewish tradition through an organic, relational perspective in order to inspire a deep connection to all life on earth and action -ecological Tikkun Olam -to address today’s ecological crisis. We accepted our second cohort of Kesher Fellows, a Jewish Renewal leadership development program for young adults ages 22-40 years old. We continue to provide spiritual training through our in-person retreats such as SOULIFT and Davennen’ Leadership Training Institute.
AJWS
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.
In 2018, Avodah celebrated 20 years of excellence in the Jewish social justice field, with the Jewish Service Corps totaling 1.5 million service hours and providing more than $2 million in capacity to local nonprofits across the country. Avodah also entered its fifth program city, launching the Justice Fellowship in Kansas City. Their newly installed Racial Justice Task Force led to several new programmatic and organizational initiatives, working to ensure that the Avodah 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 our 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, we played key roles in enacting pretrial reform and winning driver's licenses for all New Yorkers regardless of immigration status, and ending the indiscriminate use of police force in California.
http://ccarnet.org/
In March, CCAR unanimously passed a 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, they 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 the year, they celebrated the President's executive action on gun violence, which seemed 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/
On campuses in 2018 Challah for Hunger engaged 10,000 student volunteers who baked and sold more than 27,000 loaves of challah and donated $165,000 to 100 local and national charities fighting hunger. The Campus Hunger Project (CHP) entered its second year as it works with a new cohort group of 10 students selected to receive intensive, hands-on training to improve the effectiveness of their advocacy work. 9 out of 10 students successfully led campaign projects on their campuses in 2017-2018.  
Hazon
In 2019, Hazon, the largest faith-based environmental organization in the U.S., delivered over 30,000 person-days of immersive experiences and hosted more than 7,000 people at the Hazon Michigan Jewish Food Festival. Inspiring individuals and communities to make specific commitments to change with a particular focus on food systems, the Hazon Seal of Sustainability deepened its work in the Detroit and Chicago areas. Hazon produced their largest-ever Israel Ride and updated the Hazon Tu B’Shvat haggadah, celebrating the connections between Jewish tradition, the environment and social justice.
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 anti-semitism, 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. We worked on protecting a woman's right to choose. We also worked on racial profiling, making sure there was data 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 we are piloting 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's affordable housing teams have worked hard, building deep relationships and passing substantive policies in suburban Hennepin County that protect tenants and preserve access to affordable housing. They hosted candidate forums in Hennepin and Ramsey County and focused their nonpartisan voter turnout on their closest allies’ own backyards. And they’ve been working to actively respond to, and combat, anti-Semitism by conducting workshops, trainings, and conversations with progressive allies and interfaith partners to help them build their own analysis of antisemitism: how it shows up, and how to prevent it from undermining or dividing our movements for justice.
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
JCPA launched national Jewish criminal Justice network. Their 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 fields vital role and setting out a  pathway to respond to current and emerging challenges.
In 2018, JCUA worked with the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability to successfully bring Chicago Alderman to the table as endorsers of an ordinance that created community oversight, transparency and public accountability for the Chicago Police Department. Also, JCUA’s coalition organizing strengthened statewide protections for immigrants. JCUA’s zero-interest loan program served as a catalyst for 5 projects that will create 148 affordable housing units and 137 jobs in Chicago.
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.
/*-->*/ In 2019 JYCA youth members co-organized the Bay Area School Strike for Climate and supported indigenous movements for land sovereignty on Mauna Kea and Ohlone shellmounds. JYCA launched our 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 our 50+ East Bay youth in learning about social issues, developing leadership skills and taking action on issues of justice as young Jews. We designed youth-led workshops on antisemitism and white nationalism in anticipation of all to come in 2020.
In 2018, JFREJ 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. JFREJ also sent a 20-person delegation to the border in July 2018 to support the growing movement to #AbolishICE and continued to build Hate-Free Zones in Queens and Brooklyn alongside our partners in the shared resistance against Trumpism.
/*-->*/ JUFJ 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 of tax collection to fund the Paid Family Leave program we 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, we 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.
In 2018, 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.
When anti-trans groups sought to legalize discrimination against transgender people in Massachusetts, Keshet mobilized the largest Jewish campaign to protect transgender rights — and won! Beginning in early 2018, Keshet’s campaign saw an unprecedented outpouring of support to protect the rights of trans people in restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and other public spaces. 70% of Massachusetts Jewish community organizations joined the Yes on 3 campaign, including nearly 100 synagogues.
In 2018, MAZON fought against harmful proposals in the Farm Bill re-authorization process that would have taken food off the plates of struggling families including military families and veterans, seniors and LGBT seniors, college students, Native Americans, and people living in rural and remote communities. MAZON also launched its Emerging Advocacy Fund which funds 18 anti-hunger staff positions in the most food insecure states; supporting public policy, organizing, research, and community relations roles.
NCJW
/*-->*/ In June of 2019 NCJW welcomed our new CEO, Sheila Katz, who immediately began increasing engagement across the country. We hosted more than 500 advocates at 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 our advocates came together at vigils and rallies around the country in support of immigrants and refugees. In the US House of Representatives, we 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, we continued to lead efforts promoting diverse, independent, and qualified judicial nominees, stopping some harmful nominees. We increased awareness by training about the importance of the federal judiciary and the judges who serve in lifetime positions. We 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.
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.
/*-->*/ This past year, Reconstructing Judaism successfully launched the Tikkun Olam Commision, a new, movement-wide commission of rabbis and lay leaders. We added a podcast to our project Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations, an online interactive symposia on topics including justice and racism in the Jewish community. Reconstructing Judaism successfully taught a second cohort of our program “Reset: Resilience for Activists,” and grew our audience for Ritualwell.org to over 250,000 unique visitors a year.
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. They 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. They created a task force on racial justice and planning a convention program on Trauma and Resilience Strategies.
/*-->*/ In 2019, the RAC trained over 4,000 Reform Jews to organize for social justice through our L’Taken Teen Social Justice Seminar, the Consultation on Conscience, state lobby days and webinars. The Kraus Family Foundation’s support allowed us to create the Kraus Initiative for Immigrant and Refugee Justice to galvanize greater action amidst the immigration and refugee crisis. At the URJ Biennial, we became the first major Jewish denomination to adopt a resolution calling for the study of U.S. slavery reparations. We 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 launched their fellowship in Miami and Harlem and a new community in Atlanta and reached a total of 28,000 participants in 2018. Dimensions Educational Consulting and Repair the World hosted the 2018-2019 Jews of Color and Allies Leadership Cohort at Facing Race.
/*-->*/ SHJ 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 we 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.
/*-->*/ In 2019, the URJ expanded our work in audacious hospitality, furthering our work addressing systemic oppression and systems of privilege and striving to create more equitable and inclusive Jewish communities. We launched the 2019-2020 JewV’Nation Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Cohort as well as our 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.
/*-->*/ 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 1000 teens with our Jewish social justice values and traditions.

Partners

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 they 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.
http://aytzim.org/
Aytzim recently relaunched Jewcology.org and, in partnership with GreenFaith, launched Shomrei Breishit: Rabbis and Cantors for the Earth.
In 2019, CJJ took its organizing to the next level! We 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. We turned out hundreds of people for the first Never Again action in the rural South, and we received NC Raise Up's 2019 Solidarity Award for our consistent advocacy for economic justice.
http://www.detroitjewsforjustice.org/
In 2018, DJJ 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.
For nearly a decade, Ekar has served as a focal point for Denver’s Jewish community to come together around issues of food security, 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. Since the organization’s founding, thousands of individuals – young and old, Jewish and non-Jewish – have been engaged and inspired by Ekar’s mission. This season, Ekar partnered with the International Rescue Committee to make farming space available to Congolese and Rohingya immigrants, as well as survivors of torture, to begin to put down new roots in the metropolitan Denver area. We are expanding our transformative, earth-based program offerings to include collaborations around creating an equitable food system in Metro Denver. And we are bringing regenerative, low-till agricultural practices to the farm to demonstrate and teach to others.
http://www.eshelonline.org/
In June of 2018, Eshel launched the High School Pledge campaign that 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.
http://footstepsorg.org/
In 2018, Footsteps' membership surpassed 1,500 and they served 700 individuals on their journeys from ultra-Orthodox enclaves. With two licensed social workers, Footsteps conducted 1,000 "one-to-one" meetings with members. Footsteps disbursed $330,000 in scholarships and $50,000 in microgrants so that members could pursue their academic dreams and act on their ideas to foster culture, connection and change.
http://www.habonimdror.org/
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 our ten-day Birthright program, Exploring Israel as a Shared Society, to our Workshop gap year, during which participants volunteer with Israeli peers to educate children about workers’ rights, peace, and justice.  
http://www.isjl.org/
ISJL significantly expanded 3 of its four main programs in 2018. Our Reading Family, an all-family literacy series, has grown from one to two sites. ISJL’s day-camp style literacy program in Jackson, Mississippi, is poised for success with nearly 200 participants registered. ISJL’s newest program, ASK (Ask, Share, Keep), a series of Jewish Social Justice modules, is on track to have reached 400 participants in 3 states.
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
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
The Jewish Community High School of the Bay is committed to promoting a climate in which each student feels a deep sense of belonging and ownership. We strive to graduate students who are prepared to live and lead in a diverse and complex world. To that end we have a robust Student Advisory Board that plans programming to end bias on campus; offer courses on identity, power and marginalization; and ongoing professional development towards greater equity. JCHS planned and hosted the first event for Bay Area Jewish Teens of Color last fall.
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.
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.
http://jwa.org/
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.
This past year Right Now teamed up with many other Jewish social justice organization to fight the announced deportation of thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers from Israel. Right Now launched the #letushelp campaign, which included public and online actions, to catalyze North American and other diaspora Jews to tell Israel that they want to work together to share the opportunities and challenges of the global refugee crisis. Right Now continues to provide news updates to the diaspora Jewish community, so that all have the information they need to continue to advocate.
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 of Greater Washington creates social change for women and girls locally and in Israel, and empowers purposeful, effective philanthropists.
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.  
urbanadamah.org
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.).
In 2017, Yaffed invested heavily in community organizing to build a groundswell of support for Yeshiva reform. They piloted two issues of our Yiddish-language educational newsletter “L’Lamdou Umnous,” which was mailed directly to 20,000 Hasidic homes, and 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.