For decades, Jewish social justice leaders worked in silos, within their own organizations in different cities and were isolated from each other and from the broader movement. The Nathan Cummings Foundation's Visioning Justice and the American Jewish community report surveyed dozens of Jewish social justice leaders and laid out the case and reasoning for a Roundtable.
With the support of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, a group of Jewish social justice leaders gathered in 2009 to share ideas, resources and have a visioning conversation that became the establishment of the Roundtable.
The first phase of the Roundtable - from 2009 to 2012 - focused on deepening relationships among Jewish social justice organizations. In 2012, the Roundtable began prioritizing collective action, including issue campaigns, communities of practice and building internal structures. Since then, the Roundtable has grown in size and scope, from 20 organizations in 2012, to nearly 60 affiliated today.
In 2018, the Roundtable network undertook a strategic planning process with a racial equity lens, that culminated in a new theory of change, including a revised mission, vision and core strategies. This new level of clarity and alignment enables the network to grow, stregthen and strive toward alignment in key areas.