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  

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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