Jewish Funds for Justice

Rating: 4.57 stars   14 reviews 178

Issues: Philanthropy, Economic Development

Location: 330 Seventh Ave 19th Floor New York NY 10001 USA

Mission: Jewish Funds for Justice (JFSJ) is a national public foundation guided by Jewish history and tradition. Since 1984, JFSJ has developed new ways to create social change and strengthen low-income communities. JFSJ creates economic opportunity and security by investing in low-income communities and grassroots organizations, and by engaging Jews as partners and allies in social change work. We believe Jews have a responsibility to stand with all communities seeking justice, across lines of race and faith. JFSJ’s strategies are rooted in Jewish values. They include grantmaking and community investing, leadership development and service learning, organizing and advocacy.
Geographic areas served: United States
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 52-1332694
212-213-2113
http://www.jewishjustice.org
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Rating: 2 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I participated in the Selah leadership program, which was interesting--I met some good people, but the program didn't really help me to connect my leadership with Judaism or social justice. I've enjoyed many of the teachings that have come out of JFJ and jspot, but there doesn't seem to be much action.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting great people through Selah, and reading the Torah teachings on jspot (though the site seems to be defunct)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The Selah Leadership Program sponsored by JFSJ was a transformative experience for me as an individual and as a leader. Selah helped me articulate my purpose and a clearer vision for my work, stay more grounded in order to constructively move through difficult moments, learn a set of concrete tools (for instance, constructing a meeting agenda with a clear purpose, set of outcomes, and process and listening actively in order to most effectively engage and contribute), and connect with a community of Jewish social change leaders who have become both colleagues and friends. I'm so grateful to have had the chance to participate in Selah and support the program ongoing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to learn concrete leadership skills that I can immediately put into practice, and to do so in the company of other Jews who are committed to social justice and from whom I learn much about leadership.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Jewish Funds for Justice has been at the forefront in supporting synagogues to embrace interfaith organizing for social justice. With creativity and innovation, they've helped spread the work using a variety of strategies, including linking leaders from around the country, creating accessible yet compelling documents to explain and lift up what the work is, grantmaking, convening national gatherings, and supporting/challenging people diverse segments of the Jewish world. Moreover, they've persisted in this work over a period of years, rather than moving on after the first flush of success. Their work has directly strengthened me and many others. I also appreciate their focus on economic justice, and their steady involvement in both the Jewish institutional world and in many diverse communities supporting self-determination.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own growth, the growth of my community, and the establishment and growth of a movement

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Role: Former staff
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Jewish Funds for Justice does an excellent job of of using money as a positive force for change. They develop high quality educational resources and engage the communities they work with in a powerful and effective way.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their ability to engage with grassroots organizations outside of the Jewish world.

Ways to make it better...

there were more participants.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I've had an incredible experience with the Jewish Funds for Justice. The Selah Leadership program changed my life, connected me to incredible people and resources and positively impacted my own organization. The leadership resources have helped me as I've increased my role in my organization and helped build innovative partnerships that continue now, years later. Also, their grantmaking efforts and support to local organizations, makes sure to keep JFSJ accountable to local organizing, even as they support a variety of national/state/local leaders.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Selah leadership training, the multi-cohort gatherings where they helped bring a variety of training classes together. I'm also part of the ongoing leadership team that has continued planning events and programs to keep us engaged.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Incredibly talented people, thoughtful and generous with their time and expertise.

Ways to make it better...

They had increased capacity to support the leaders they train through one-to-one coaching, additional gatherings or specific skills training.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

My experience with the Jewish Funds for Justice has been through the Selah Leadersip Program, and through their email bulletins. I nominated a staff member for an award that I learned about through the emails, which is how I learned about Selah as well. Participating in Selah was a transformation experience for me as a then new Executive Director of another non-profit, Disability Rights Legal Center. The training and trainers were excellent, the follow up with thoughtful and thorough. I continue to implement the trainings.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding. They modeled what we were learning and continued to grow with the participants in the program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My primary contact with JFSJ is as a participant in the Selah Leadership Program. Selah is incredibly high quality program that both creates community, builds individual skills and helps people to envision their work as part of a broader social justice movement. This is hard to accomplish together. I stayed invovled as a volunteer organizer for Selah and am always impressed by four main elements of the work: thoughtful, inclusive, pushing to a deeper level and organized. My other interaction was years ago as a grantseeker and I remember not always being clear on why they were attracted to certain social justice organizations and not others (we didn't get funded!) I hope to stay involved--JFSJ has been excellent at convening powerful and creative groups of people committed to justice and change.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

consistent, caring, focused on including many points of view, able to combine work and fun and creative.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Thanks to the generous support of the Jewish Funds For Justice, our congregation has deepened the social justice work amongst our teens and families with Middle School Students. For the past 2 summers, we have had a social justice internship for our teens staffed by a rabbinic student. And this winter, our 8th graders and their parents will be going to the Gulf Coast to work with individuals and families still struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the capacity building they have done on-site here in Marin.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

we could think together beyond individual experiences and think about the grand picture for justice in our community

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I went on a trip to New Orleans with JFSJ and had one of the most meaningful experiences of my life! I've never felt more at home as a Jew. I made some meaningful connections that I'll never forget.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The friends that are still with me after the experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been involved as a participant of JFSJ's landmark Selah Leadership Program, which trains Jewish social justice leaders in personal ecology, leadership skills, and management skills. I have seen the way that the Selah Leadership Program uniquely takes people who were not in touch with their Jewishness or who were active as individuals but unaware of others like them and brings them together in ways that produce deep new relationships and innovative new programs. The organization has demonstrated a youthful energy and a willingness to innovate, which is infectious.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the manner in which it brings together talented people who otherwise may not have an opportunity to meet and learn from others like them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

youthful, eager, intelligent, and innovative which is very refreshing in any organization, especially in the Jewish context.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be counted on in disbursing it down to local grassroots group that need the funding and do it in a manner that is guaranteed to be thoughtful and strategic.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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