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
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

PJA does powerful work in solidarity with low-income workers like sweat-shop workers, car wash workers and hotel workers. Members are out on the picket lines as well as being active in other community struggles around gay rights, the death penalty, and immigrant rights. They are also producing a new generation of leadership through their young adult Jeremiah Program.

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

PJA is friendly, welcoming, responsive, and accountable to the leadership of community based and union organizations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Progressive Jewish Alliance has done amazing work in LA and San Francisco, working along side laborers to make sure they have a fair wage. The No Schvitz guide is great. PJA also does a great job working with other community groups.

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

solve the middle east peace crisis, or at least make relationship better between Jews and Muslims at the local level.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

PJA is an amazing organization that works toward social justice, brings groups together, and builds Jewish communities. It's currently at a crossroads (with a new executive director, expanding to new cities), and I expect that it will take on new issues, use new techniques, and reach new constituencies. I'm so proud that PJA exists, and I'm honored to be a part of it.

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

very knowledgeable, caring, visionaries.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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