Progressive Jewish Alliance

Rating: 4.85 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Race

Location: 5870 W. Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90036 USA

Mission: The mission of Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA) is to educate, advocate and organize on issues of peace, equality, diversity and justice, as a progressive voice in the Jewish community and a Jewish voice in the progressive community.  Under the rubric “tikkun ha ir, tikkun olam” (repair of the city, repair of the world), PJA works to build multi-cultural and multi-faith bridges within our community, and we participate in broad coalitions working to build a better California and a better nation for all of its inhabitants.  We fight for economic justice by educating Jews about our obligation to stand with the working poor, and then we organize the Jewish community to join in campaigns to improve working conditions and secure a living wage for low-wage workers.  We work to ensure Jewish continuity through our Jeremiah Fellowship, an innovative project that trains young professionals to be the next generation of Jewish social justice leaders.  And we build a vibrant, creative and engaged community through education programs and quarterly holiday events that explore the intersection of art, culture and politics.  PJA was founded in Los Angeles in 1999; since our founding, PJA has reinvigorated the progressive Jewish landscape and created a new model of Jewish community engagement.  In February 2005, expanding our geographic reach, PJA opened a San Francisco Bay Area office.  In Fall 2009, we will expand again by offering our Jeremiah Fellowship program in Washington, DC, in collaboration with Jews United for Justice.
Geographic areas served: Northern and Southern California, Washington, DC

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Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

PJA is an amazing organization that has helped to galvanize the Jewish community around critical social justice issues, particularly the issue of marriage equality. I am continually inspired and energized by their work.

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

the energy, vision, and passion of its leadership

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

create a revolution!

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  

10 people found this review helpful

PJA is a dynamic young social justice organization that is rapidly becoming a major player on the national stage. It mobilizes the Jewish community through thought leadership, leadership development and grass roots organizing opportunities. PJA serves marginalized and disenfranchised communities through effective collaboration with multicultural partners of many faiths. It is an inspiriational place to work and attracts passionate and dedicated staff, volunteers and members.

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

objectively assessing its progress and creatively planning its future.

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

the way it has inspired me to want to give more and do better.

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

highly intelligent, passionate about their mission and delighted by their association with PJA.

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

continue to expand its influence nationwide and chalk up more "wins" for the low wage worker.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Progressive Jewish Alliance allows me to stand with many in the Social Justice movement - people like me who are guided by their Jewish principles for Tikkun Olam and so much more. The leadership and volunteers are "mensches in the trenches" - THANK YOU for doing so much to be there!

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

professional, fun, caring, and committed to helping repair the world - one issue and one person at a time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I really like the focus of this organization. I like the fact that a Jewish organization works on issues for social justice here in the United States. I like the fact that I get emails about current activities in my area frequently.

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

sincere, engaged, dedicated

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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10 people found this review helpful

PJA is just wonderful. They put on a series of impressive programs through the year, and in particular, have shown a real focus on economic conditions of the working poor. Their Economic Justice Working Group is really outstanding and I applaud them for the work they do.

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

excellent -- smart, hard-working, dedicated to social justice and fun!

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

Change the nature of economic justice regionally.

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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3 people found this review helpful

PJA introduced me to a world of Jewish Activism that I did not before know existed. I have been blessed to meet many friends and learn about many important social justice causes around the Los Angeles and beyond. As a Jeremiah Fellow I met other young jewish activists around Los Angeles and the Bay Area- and as this network has grown and spread I find myself supported by Jewish friends around the country! I have even met some fantastic Muslim activist friends!

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

the expansion of my network of friends and activists who I can call on for support and guidance in my work.

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

make it more far-reaching- duplicate it in other places!

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

Learning about the connections between the Jewish tradition and service to one's community!

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

Inspired and inspiring. People with lots of energy and vision.

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

generate 100 movements for justice throughout LA and other cities!

Ways to make it better...

There was a full time fellowship! Instead, we only met 2 times per month.

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

in-fighting amongst jews- political divides on the Israel-Palestine issue, as well as religious divides.

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

PJA is flexible and open to change.

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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3 people found this review helpful

My experiences with Progressive Jewish Alliance are always outstanding. They provide their volunteers with comprehensive support for every initiative. They keep volunteers informed about the projects that they are working on. The work that the organization does exemplifies Jewish values expressed by the concept of Tikkun Olam, Repairing the World.

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

The staff has been dedicated to their causes and the volunteers have all been exceptionally warm, inclusive, and easy to work with.

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

increase its capacity to add staff, programming, and do incredible outreach nationally to other centers of Jewish life.

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  

3 people found this review helpful

Progressive Jewish Alliance is a small organization with a large Jewish presence. It speaks for those of us who see our liberal values as an outgrowth or continuation of our Jewish Values. This organization represents modern day halacha as applied to issues of social justice,peace, Israel, etc. It reminds me of ethical issues, ways to make my concerns heard and things I want to be involved in. Though I don't get involved in many things, this Jewish organization gives me hope and a sense of community of ideas.

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

hire more staff, to make the phone calls to get our members out to meetihngs and demonstrations, create similiar organizations in every big city with a substancial Jewish presence, hire someone to do PR full time, the list goes on and oon

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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3 people found this review helpful

PJA communicates a moral vision of a more just society, and then takes action to make that vision a reality. PJA holds the Jewish community accountable for living up to our own standards of social justice, based on teachings from the Torah about equality, wealth and poverty, food, housing and worker rights. Because of PJA I feel confident that generations to come can feel proud to be Jews.

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

Seeing Jews at the table when coalitions form around immigrant rights or labor issues.

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

dedicated, hard-working, full of integrity.

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

Completely transform the face of the U.S. Jewish community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I was a Jeremiah fellow, which is a program through PJA which provides young Jewish people with leadership training. We participated in bi-weekly sessions to learn about various issues in our community, Judaism, and the world. It was a great opportunity that allowed me to meet other dynamic young Jews and learn how to improve myself and my community.

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

that they are involved in some of the most important issues facing our community. They really have made an impact.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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