The Collaborative for Jewish Organizing is a network of nine Jewish organizations: Carolina Jews for Justice, Detroit Jews for Justice, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, Jewish Community Action, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Jews United for Justice, the Religious Action Center, and Bend the Arc. Working in 19 states and DC, they organize Jews and non-Jewish allies to work in partnership and in solidarity with communities of color in powerful campaigns for social change. The Collaborative supports their work, helps surface and address strengths, challenges, and best practices and builds deep, inter-group connections that effective long-term movements require.
Inspired by the legacy of Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, the Witness Institute strives to create a more compassionate and just world by sparking moral activism. Led by Rabbi Ariel Burger—one of Wiesel’s mentees—the Institute piloted the ethics-based Fellowship for Emerging Leaders, in 2021. Rooted in Wiesel’s core teachings, this 15-month-long cohort program helps leaders cultivate introspection, collaboration, and skills to influence their communities towards moral action.
The Jewish Social Justice Roundtable was formed in 2012 to stitch the field of Jewish social justice organizations together. Today, the Roundtable is the hub for nearly 80 groups looking to learn and build campaigns together. Due to the compounding challenges of the pandemic and the intensity of current day activism, these organizations are experiencing unprecedented levels of staff turnover and burnout. With support from RPF, the Roundtable will hire a Director of Organizational Change and Culture to work across the network, providing group training and one-to-one coaching to help these nonprofits navigate transitions and boost morale.
Nearly one in eight American Jews lives in a small town, yet nearly all major Jewish institutions and funders concentrate their work in major cities—effectively writing off this growing population of roughly 1,000,000 people. The Center for Small Town Jewish Life is changing that by 1) shining a light on Jewish life outside of urban centers and 2) helping small town Jewish organizations attract the leadership they need to thrive. Having successfully piloted a state-wide program in Maine, they are launching a national fellowship that will provide training and mentorship to rabbis and other early-career professionals accepting positions in rural towns like Greenville, South Carolina; Bristol, Tennessee; and Bennington, Vermont. The three-year Makom Fellowship Program will provide peer-to-peer support—especially important for clergy who are geographically isolated—and specific tools for building powerful Jewish communities in small towns.
Launched in April 2020, Dayenu became the first national organization mobilizing the American Jewish community to confront the climate crisis on a systemic level with the kind of bold, collective action needed to avert climate disaster. Founded and led by Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, the initiative has had a very promising start: it has seeded Dayenu Circles (small groups of people in the context of a synagogue, JCC, Hillel, or circle of friends working together on climate action) in 27 states; launched multiple successful campaigns, mobilizing thousands of Jews across the country; and partnered with scores of Jewish, multi-faith, and secular organizations. With this additional funding from RPF, Dayenu will continue to engage the Jewish community in addressing the climate crisis and support Jews to live with spiritual integrity in this time of crisis.
The ADL—the legacy organization that has been tracking and combating anti-Semitism and protecting American civil liberties since 1913—continues to expand its work in communities, on the Hill, and online. This renewal grant provides support for work in the greater Los Angeles area in addition to targeted support for the Center on Technology and Society, ADL’s Silicon Valley-based initiative that advocates, educates and works alongside executives and engineers at technology companies by recommending policy and product interventions to mitigate online hate and harassment.
Auburn brings together key leaders from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and other faith traditions to sharpen their leadership skills, build meaningful relationships, deepen and amplify their individual and collective moral voice for greater impact, and connect across the critical social justice movements of our time. With over 7,000 faith leaders trained, Auburn builds cross-sector and multifaith collaboration toward a world of justice and flourishing.
The Jewish Film Institute’s Completion Grants Program provides finishing funds to emerging and established filmmakers for original stories that promote thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, life, culture, and identity. Launched in 2019, JFI Completion Grants recognize projects that entertain and engage us, build bridges between communities, turn conversations into action, and reframe our understanding of Jewish cultures and identities.