Advocating for a Better World

More voices are more powerful. That’s why we’re strengthening the relationships between the Jewish community and our neighbors, and drawing from the Jewish tradition of social justice to help make the world better for all. We’re collaborating and advocating. Building coalitions with interfaith partners around causes that affect all New Yorkers, such as immigration legislation, the opioid crisis, and other timely issues. And we engage the community in action, through volunteer opportunities that express a Jewish response to social justice issues — including MLK Day and 9/11 Day of Service, among others. Taking action and raising our voice around issues of common cause is in our DNA.

The Facts:

  • In New York City, more than three million immigrants from more than 150 countries represent nearly 40% of all New Yorkers.
  • Last year in New York City, four people died from a drug overdose.
  • Opioids were involved in more than 80% of all overdose deaths.
  • Data from the 2020 Census will be used to distribute federal funding. In 2015, more than $675 billion in federal funds were allocated to states based on census figures.

Our Impact:

  • We’re securing critical government funds. Our advocacy, in partnership with other faith-based organizations, yielded $475 million in city, state, and federal funding to help the most vulnerable New Yorkers.
  • We're helping make sure every New Yorker's counted in the 2020 Census. Our advocacy secured $60 million to support outreach, advertising, and community engagement to make sure all New Yorkers are counted in the 2020 U.S. Census.
  • We’re helping to protect vulnerable institutions. Thanks to our advocacy, $45 million was made available to fund security projects at day care centers, nonpublic schools, and summer camps.
  • We’re protecting women’s health and reproductive rights. We’re supporting the National Council of Jewish Women, working in partnership with Lady Parts Justice League and the National Institute for Reproductive Health, to educate the community and mobilize action to expose pregnancy centers that mislead women about reproductive choices.
  • We’re promoting immigration rights. We’re funding an interfaith network of study, trainings, and activism with Congregation Beit Simchat Torah and Judson Memorial Church to provide direct support for immigrants at risk as they face legal proceedings.
  • We’re fighting the opioid epidemic. With our support, Long Island Congregations, Associations, and Neighborhoods (LI-CAN) is raising awareness about the opioid crisis and developing best practices for prevention, treatment, and recovery.
  • We’re mobilizing for Criminal Justice Reform. We’re supporting the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) – Criminal Justice Reform Initiative to educate the Jewish community about unjust policies, including policing and sentencing – and building alliances with communities of color.
  • We’re helping people make time for good. For last year’s MLK Day of Service, we engaged more than 5,000 volunteers across 72 project sites to serve 66,000 New Yorkers in need.

With many thanks to our generous donors and network of nonprofits for making all this possible.

Related Nonprofits and Programs

HIAS
JCC–M Stern Center
JCRC
NYLAG
Westchester Jewish Council
(Among many others)