WHAT WE DO
ENGAGING IN TRANSFORMATIVE MOVEMENT BUILDING
JFREJ is laying the groundwork for Jewish communities to play an impactful role in a powerful movement for justice. Be a part of that movement.
Below are our strategies for building that movement. But our work is more than the sum of its parts. Jewish tradition teaches us “great is study for it leads to action,” prioritizing learning that changes us, demands something from us, and leads to impact. As we organize in multiple spheres to transform the system, we simultaneously transform the consciousness of the people who participate in organizations and movements, as well as the organizers themselves. We seek to make change that will last beyond any one issue campaign or election and will not sacrifice long-term outcomes for short-term gains.
Fighting to win real change means growing movements and campaigns too strong to be ignored. We’ve built a powerful, diverse, intergenerational base of Jews: secular and religious; Ashkenazi, Mizrahi, and Sephardi; white Jews and Jews of color, queer, gay, trans*, and straight Jews, individuals and families. We build our base through targeted outreach, one-on-one meetings, new member orientations, Shabbat dinners, and campaign and community events.
We build the skills, political analysis, and cultural knowledge of our members to make our campaigns more meaningful and our actions more effective. Our members and staff work together to sharpen our thinking, deepen our understanding of complex issues and share that knowledge throughout our community. We value education that is participatory and rooted in the lived experience of our community.
We help our members develop into committed leaders by supporting their learning and practice, encouraging them to take responsibility for challenging projects, providing mentorship and political education opportunities, cultivating peer support networks, and providing accessible chances to practice leadership alongside our partner organizations. Our Grace Paley Organizing Fellowship allows member leaders to take their work to the next level through rigorous skill building, mentorships and political education.