Mission: Jewish community action is a nonprofit organization made up of jews from diverse backgrounds. It is unified in its commitment to building a more just society. It works with congregations and individuals to provide training, education and opportunities for action to address social and economic justice issues in minnesota.
Programs: Community reinvestment and foreclosure work in coalition with other diverse organizations and synagogues to conduct research, recruit volunteers, and provide information and advocacy to lessen the impact of the ongoing foreclosure crisis in specific minneapolis, st. Paul, and suburban neighborhoods.
immigrant rights work in multiple coalitions to respond to local, state and national immigration issues and to organize members of the jewish comminity in coalition with other communities to pass national immigration reform, including extension of the legal status for the liberian community and other immigrant communities.
congregational organizing works with synagogue social justice committees, lay leaders and clergy to identify and build leadership, convene educational programs, involve congregational members in jewish community action issue campaigns and make social justice an integral part of congregational life.
Jewish Community Action (JCA) is a 13 year old independent organization that works on social justice issues in Minnesota and uses community organizing techniques to engage Jews. The group works with synagogues throughout the state, with non-affiliated Jews, and with Jewish youth. JCA also works in alliance with other minority groups, including Latino, Somali and Ethiopian immigrants. JCA's work has focused on immigrant rights, housing and racial justice issues in Minnesota.
I've been a board member for many years and consistently impressed that this is a healthy and well-functioning organization. JCA enjoys the support of rabbis, synagogue social justice committees, and some 700 members.
In addition to serving on the board, I've been involved personally in work on immigrant rights. JCA helped raise immigrant rights issues in the Minnesota Jewish community and successfully defended the rights of undocumented workers in several policy battles. Most recently JCA was a leader in organizing to redress the unjust treatment of Latino workers in Postville and is a major proponent of the Hechsher Tzedek initiative. I've valued and been inspired by JCA's staff and their dedication to social justice.