social action

social action

Hands of people of different races holding up a globe

Learn how a new initiative, the Brit Olam, serves as a guidepost and a framework, helping congregations move social justice closer to the center of their communities.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Closeup of a stop sign riddled with bullets

Thoughts, prayer, and words are appropriate – but they’re not sufficient. Our words need to be followed by long overdue actions and hard work.

Daryl Messinger
Group of smiling volunteers including some in military uniforms posing with large boxes in a cement warehouse

This is a story about five rabbis, 25,000 pairs of new undergarments and the powerful cross-country connections that delivered dignity and comfort to grateful hurricane evacuees.

Connie Dufner
Clergy from diferent faiths standing together on an urban street

Learn about the social justice programming that recently earned 17 congregations coveted Fain Awards from the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism.

Liz Mitlak
Statue of Justice -- blindfolded with a sword in one hand and a scale in the other

Thanks to the Brickner Fellowship, I’ve become a social justice advocate, working with diverse organizations to address societal problems from multiple angles.

Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler
Pile of sharpened colored pencils against a white background

Kits for Kids provides local children with a little something they can call their own and a starter kit to help them through a difficult period of transition.

Eve Silverman
Male hand holding a white megaphone against a chalkboard

As a community of faith, it is incumbent upon us not only to express this outrage but to present and advocate for life-saving solutions to the problem of gun violence. Aiding the passage of Initiative 594, we did exactly that.

Rabbi Aaron Meyer
Passover seder setup with a small chalkboard that reads Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof

During Passover, the annual season of celebrating our redemption from slavery and oppression, we are confronted with the juxtaposition of our own freedom and the recognition of those who are still facing injustice in our modern world.

Rabbi Elizabeth Zeller and Alexa Broida
Posed group of smiling Jewish and Muslim teens

We encounter a world with increasing acts of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. If we can just learn to speak to one another, to appreciate our similarities and understand our differences, we might be able to make this world a better place.

Rabbi Paul Jacobson
NFTY convention participants enjoying the gathering

At its core, NFTY Convention embodied and realized the Reform Movement’s values as 1,400 teens, young adults, alumni, and congregational professionals came together to help build a more just, whole, and compassionate world.

Miriam Chilton