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ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal is excited to launch our Earth-Based Judaism certification program through our virtual seminary. Applicants can be clergy and non-clergy who are open to being awakened to an earth-based perspective  to Judaism through a four-worlds approach that emphasizes integration of body, emotions, thought and spirit. 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.
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, together with partner organizations, AJWS launched the Jewish Rohingya Justice Network, a diverse coalition of leaders from across the Jewish community. The Network has mobilized 72 American Jewish organizations and 248 rabbis to petition the Senate to pass the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act of 2018, a bill calling for immediate U.S. government intervention.  
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.
Bend the Arc kicked 2018 off by organizing the largest Jewish civil disobedience action in a generation to fight for a clean Dream Act, with more than 80 Jewish leaders arrested in the Capitol and more than 25 #LetMyPeopleStay local actions nationwide. In the wake of the largest antisemitic attack in US history in Pittsburgh, Bend the Arc unified the voices of hundreds of thousands of Jews and allies to demand the administration fully renounce white nationalism, and helped voters see the dire consequences of Trump's anti-immigrant agenda and antisemitic rhetoric.
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 2018, Hazon continued to expand the JOFFEE space (Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education), graduating 15 educators and activists from the JOFEE Fellows program. Hazon delivered over 30,000 person-days of immersive experiences and hosted more than 6,500 people at their Michigan Jewish Food Festival. Hazon produced their largest-ever Israel Ride and a Tu B’Shvat haggadah which celebrates the connections between Jewish tradition, the environment and social justice. Finally, the Hazon Seal of Sustainability expanded in the Detroit and Chicago areas.
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.
In 2018, JALSA won $15 an hour and paid family and medical leave, victories which will impact over one million people in Massachusetts. Working with the Jewish community, JALSA took a leading role in upholding transgender protections in Massachusetts on the ballot this past election. They also worked with their coalition partners to pass a major omnibus criminal justice reform bill, including significant changes to mandatory minimums, reductions to punitive fines and fees for ex-prisoners, and reform of solitary confinement.
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.
JYCA is growing its base of high-school leaders ready to take action for justice. After operating exclusively in the East Bay for 23 years, JYCA piloted its first-ever expansion by launching a parallel program on the San Francisco Peninsula in partnership with the Peninsula JCC.
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 2017 protecting and expanding recent victories for working people in the greater DC-Baltimore region. They successfully fought back attacks on DC’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program from lobbyists and Councilmembers, and overturned executive vetoes on Maryland’s Earned Sick Leave law and Montgomery County’s $15 minimum wage law. They pushed Baltimore’s Mayor and City Council to protect low-income Baltimoreans from losing their homes due to unaffordable water bills and an unfair Rent Court system.
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 2018, NCJW registered voters across the country for the midterm elections and worked to pass many important ballot initiatives including helping lead Michigan’s effort against gerrymandering and mobilizing in favor of Florida’s Amendment 4. In DC and around the country, NCJW helped lead the fight to oppose the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court; collaborated with dozens of partners to oppose the growing culture of hate in the nation; mobilized activists to protect the Affordable Care Act and fight the weaponizing of religion to curb abortion and LGBTQ rights, and more.
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.
Reconstructing Judaism launched Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations, online interactive symposia on topics including justice and racism in the Jewish community, sponsored Reset: Resilience for Activists and are planning for the second round, and hosted a movement-wide convention with a focus on justice for more than 730 participants.
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 2017, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism launched the Urgency of Now initiative, to protect the most vulnerable members of society, with campaigns on Immigrant Justice, Transgender Rights, and Criminal Justice Reform. They joined the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and convened clergy and lay activists for major moments including the Women’s March, the Refugee Rally, and the Minister’s March for Justice. They also recruited over 150 congregations to sign the Brit Olam, a covenant with the world that is building a network of Reform congregations committed to more deeply engaging in organizing for justice; welcomed about 2,000 teens to L’Taken social justice seminars; and hosted their largest ever Consultation on Conscience. their state-based organizing continues to expand, with local victories and expansion in California, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, and New York.
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.
Over the past year, T’ruah has become one of the strongest voices in the Jewish community responding to the human rights abuses of the current administration, as well as standing up for the human rights of both Israelis and Palestinians. This work has included training nearly 300 rabbis in organizing and other skills through two national convenings; creating a sanctuary network through which 70 synagogues have pledged to protect immigrants facing deportation; and running actions including a mass arrest of rabbis in front of the Trump Hotel, and the construction of a sukkah outside of Trump tower. In Israel, they have engaged more than 75 rabbinical students and more than 40 rabbis in seeing human rights issues on the ground in Israel and the West Bank, and have organized rabbis to push for transparency in funding that supports settlements, as well as for a stop to plans to deport asylum seekers in Israel.
http://urj.org/
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.

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. For more information about Aytzim click here: http://aytzim.org/
In 2018, CJJ hired two full-time community organizers. Their leadership brings new energy and vision to CJJ’s work to make North Carolina a more just and compassionate place, with a focus on racial and immigrant justice campaigns, economic justice, and democratic rights.
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.
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 2018, Habonim Dror North America educated and empowered 1,200 campers, over 300 staff members at 6 Habonim Dror camps throughout North America, and teen summer programs in Israel and Michigan. Their Bonimot Tzedek program for high schoolers, focused on youth leadership and social action, expanded significantly over 2018, with activities in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Michigan, Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York. Participants are tackling issues like immigration, gun violence, and money bail.
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.
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.
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.
JCHS 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. For more info click here: jewishmultiracialnetwork.org
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.
In 2018, the Jewish Advocacy Strategy grew to $50 million in assets and enabled JLens' participation in many environmental and social justice campaigns, including filing shareholder resolutions with Amazon on food waste and environmental concerns, TJMaxx on gender and racial pay equity, and Teva, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen on the opioid epidemic.
In 2018 Kavod launched two now-thriving affinity groups (Jews of Color, Sephardim, and Mizrahim, and Exploring Masculinities). Kavod also brought their antiracism curriculum to four Boston-area Jewish communities, continued their involvement in local anti-policing and sanctuary initiatives, and helped launch a faith network focused on building wealth in communities of color with their local partner the Boston Ujima Project.
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.
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.
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.  
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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.