A DIFFERENT KIND OF JEWISH COMMUNITY
Secular Jews and observant Jews; Jews of Color and white Jews; queer, gay, trans, and straight Jews; Mizrahi, Sephardi and Ashkenazi; individuals and families; young and old. We all have different stories, different histories and wildly different relationships to being Jewish. JFREJ is where we all come together to find shared strength by fighting for justice. By showing up to take action on behalf of our collective values and wrestle with our differences, we find joy, healing and relationships that last for the rest of our lives. It’s hard, fun, powerful and liberatory.
OUR NEW YORK CITY
We don’t do it alone. JFREJ is part of a diverse network of grassroots organizations that are fighting for a more just New York City. We believe that the movement to end racial and economic injustice can only succeed if it is led by those directly impacted by that oppression. So we partner with organizations representing those communities, working together and letting their priorities guide our actions. With many of these groups, we have deep trust and relationships that go back decades — a beautiful contradiction to anti-semitism and racism that we are very proud of.
NEW LEADERS, NEW VOICES
JFREJ is committed to growing the power of groups that are often marginalized within the Jewish community. We need Jews of Color, Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews, poor and working class Jews, Jewish elders and youth to be at the center of the conversation, taking on leadership and guiding our work. So we’re building caucuses within JFREJ, shifting our culture, organizing in these communities and doing targeted political education. We need all Jewish identities to be strong, empowered and in deep solidarity with one another in order to win.
Whether we're chanting in the streets, our youth are sharing each other's struggles in workshops, or we're getting our hands dirty building props for the Purimspiel, you have been such integral allies to us. We strive for better worlds together and CAAAV is grateful for the generosity, creativity, and loving spirit you bring to social movements.
- CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
The domestic worker movement is proud to be in partnership with JFREJ. You have been our family, and have worked alongside us for over a decade to build a powerful movement for a more caring future for all of us. We would not be where we are today without you.
- Ai Jen Poo, Director of National Domestic Workers Alliance
I came to JFREJ and their Campaign for Police Accountability because I care about policing issues, not because I necessarily wanted to be involved in a Jewish organization. And yet, working with this campaign and our partners to pass the Community Safety Act and continue to fight discriminatory policing allows me to express my Jewishness in a way that feels, to me, more powerful than traditional prayer or ritual. JFREJ is my synagogue—where I feel most deeply connected to my Jewish identity and Jewish community.
OUR PARTNERS & ALLIES
Arab American Association of New York (AAANY)
CAAAV (Organizing Asian Communities)
Communities United for Police Reform
Domestic Workers United (DWU)
Damayan Migrant Workers Association, Inc.
Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)
FIERCE (Building the Leadership & Power of LGBTQ Youth of Color)
FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality)
GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side)
Hand In Hand
Muslim Community Network (MCN)
National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)
Picture the Homeless
Right to the City (RTTC)
Streetwise & Safe
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Urban Justice Center (New York)