Grantee Profile

From Avoidance to Engagement by Abby Levine

Originally posted on From avoidance to engagement: What I learned by bringing American Jewish social justice leaders to Israel By Abby Levine September 12, 2023 Opinion Opening eyes In Short Getting people closer to the ‘messiness’ of the conflict, showing them multiple narratives and giving them confidence to discuss the topic are key to …

Grantee Editorial:URBAN AGENDA: America, Manhood and Violence – Building Strong and Loving Boys

Originally Published in the New York Amsterdam News Violence is a national scourge in America. This is the America we have wrought. Mass shootings occur on a daily basis across this nation. So many of the residents of our city feel that violence permeates their community. Many of the young people I work with believe …

Grantee Editorial: American Jews’ priorities are clear, so why don’t we see them?

Originally published in The Times of Israel They say, “two Jews, three opinions,” but, actually, we American Jews are remarkably consistent in what we care about. Polling over the past 10 years illustrates that we care deeply about four overlapping issues: the democratic rule of law, the rights of historically marginalized people, the future of …

Grantee Profile: Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action

I founded Dayenu in April 2020, after working for two decades as a rabbi mobilizing the American Jewish community to address issues of social and economic justice. For me that had always meant issues like poverty, immigrants and refugees, hunger, human rights – people oriented issues.

Grantee Profile: Gerald Chertavian, Founder and CEO of Year Up

Name of OrganizationYear Up What’s your origin story?Over 35 years ago, I was matched through the Big Brothers program with a 10 year old boy named David. I spent every Saturday with David in the housing development that he lived in, in the Lower East side of Manhattan. Spending time with David really opened my …

Grantee Profile: Alliance for Justice

What’s your origin story? Alliance for Justice (AFJ) was founded by attorney and activist Nan Aron in 1979, in response to a growing threat from the far right to decades of progressive advances in the United States. In the 43 years since, AFJ has fought for a fair justice system and a vibrant advocacy community that …

Grantee Profile: Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

For over 60 years, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) has been the social justice hub of the Reform Movement, working to educate, inspire, and mobilize our communities to advocate for social justice. The RAC advocates for change on the federal, state and local levels that corrects systemic injustices, especially in marginalized communities

Grantee Profile: Rabbi David Rosenn with the Hebrew Free Loan Society

Name of Organization: Hebrew Free Loan Society (HFLS)  Tell us about your work. What do you do? HFLS uses the ancient Jewish practice of interest-free lending to meet the needs of lower-income New Yorkers seeking financial stability and opportunity in the 21st century. Founded 130 years ago, we were a microfinance organization before microfinance was …

Grantee Profile: New Israel Fund

The New Israel Fund was founded in 1979 by a group of American Jews who felt a strong connection to Israel, but saw a gap for progressive civil society. Since then, it has blossomed into a partnership of Israelis, Americans, Canadians, Australians, and Europeans committed to securing equality, justice, and democracy for all.

Grantee Editorial: How did Israeli democracy come under threat? Follow the money

Last week, 15 major American Jewish philanthropists released an open letter calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reconsider the planned decimation of the Israeli Supreme Court, which would eliminate any system of checks and balances and allow the sitting government to carry out even more drastic measures to erode democracy.