May 25, 2022 /

Tikkun Olam

One of the primary tenets of our faith is that we are in a holy partnership with God to help perfect our society and our planet. Come and join us as we pursue this path together. Please see the resources below for information on how you can get involved.

Tikkun Olam – Resources for Social Action

To learn about and take action on issues of concern to Reform Judaism:

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (the RAC) is the hub of Jewish social justice work, mobilizing around federal, state, and local legislation and organizing communities to create a world overflowing with justice, compassion, and peace.

You can also sign up to receive emails to stay informed about the work of the RAC, Jewish social justice and opportunities to take action.

Join RAC

As a project of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, RAC-NJ seeks to organize across lines of difference to ensure that our Reform Jewish values, including pikuach nefesh (saving lives), chesed (compassion), and tzedek (justice), are included in policymaking as our state leaders work to build a more just and compassionate society for all New Jersey residents.

RAC-NJ launched in August of 2020 to bring our Reform Jewish values of wholeness, justice, and compassion to the Garden State. In addition to Ban the Box in Housing and our RAC-NJ’s 2021 Double Your Impact Civic Engagement Campaign, RAC-NJ continues to support the work of our partners at New Jersey Institute for Social Justice on their #DemocracyInADay Campaign to support passage of A4548/S2824, a bill that, if enacted, would make New Jersey the 22nd state to implement same-day voter registration. Similarly, RAC-NJ is a member of the Thrive-NJ Coalition, and supports the Coalition’s campaign to pass S3030/A4848, the Reproductive Freedom Act, into law. If enacted, the Reproductive Freedom Act will codify the protections of Roe v. Wade into New Jersey statute and ensure that New Jerseyans in need of reproductive health services including but not limited to abortion care will be able to access the care they need regardless of their financial resources or documentation status.

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Union for Reform Judaism

The Union for Reform Judaism builds community at every level – from the way it collaborates with congregations, organizations, and individuals to how it makes connections across North America to advance contemporary and inclusive Jewish life. Providing vision and voice to transform the way people connect to Judaism, it helps congregations stay adept and agile, motivate more young Jews to embrace Jewish living, agitate for a more progressive society, and foster meaningful connections to Israel.

You can also sign up to receive emails to stay informed about trends and events concerning Reform Jewish institutions.

To learn about and take action on social justice issues concerning Israel:

Israel Religious Action Center

The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) is the leading civil and human rights organization addressing issues of religion and state in Israel. IRAC strives for freedom of religion and conscience, human equality, social justice, religious tolerance, and individual rights.

You can also sign up to receive emails to stay informed about the work of the IRAC and opportunities to take action.

New Israel Fund

The New Israel Fund (NIF) helps Israel live up to its founders’ vision of a society that ensures complete equality to all its inhabitants. Its aim is to advance liberal democracy, including freedom of speech and minority rights, and to fight the inequality, injustice and extremism that diminish Israel. And it is more than a funder. NIF is at philanthropy’s cutting edge – thanks in large part to its action arm Shatil, the New Israel Fund Initiative for Social Change. Today, NIF is a leading advocate for democratic values, building the coalitions and empowering the activists that can drive meaningful social change in Israel.

You can also join NIF’s email list to receive urgent updates, smart analysis, and opportunities to get involved by using the sign-up button on their website.

To learn about and take action on immigration issues:

Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Services and Empowerment

Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Services and Empowerment (Interfaith-RISE) is an official affiliate site of the US Committee for Refugees & Immigrants that is committed to resettling refugees in central NJ, assisting asylum seekers before and after release from Elizabeth Detention Center, and supporting local faith and civic groups as they advocate for and work with refugees in their communities. Interfaith-RISE assists with housing, ESL, social services, education, medical assistance, mental health services, transportation, and supportive community integration as families and individuals journey towards self-sufficiency and independence.

You can also join Interfaith RISE’s email list to be notified about upcoming events and ways you can be involved.

HIAS

HIAS rescues people whose lives are in danger for being who they are. They protect the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reuniting them with their families in safety and freedom. They advocate for the protection of refugees and assure that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve. Guided by our Jewish values and history, they bring more than 130 years of expertise to our work with refugees.

You can also join HIAS’s email list to receive action alerts by using the sign-up button on their website.

To provide tzedakah around the world via Jewish organizations:

Joint Distribution Committee

The Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) works in 70 countries to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief for victims of natural and man-made disasters.

American Jewish World Service

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) strives to end poverty and promote human rights in the developing world. They support 450 social justice organizations in 19 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean that work to address civil and political rights; land, water and climate justice, sexual and health rights and ending child marriage. They also provide disaster response save lives and build more equitable societies in the wake of earthquakes, hurricanes and epidemics.

How to contact your government representatives:

  • Municipal – Go to your township website or, if you don’t know it, visit the website and type in your state. You will be taken to a state
    website that can help you locate your township website, contact information, etc.
  • County officials – Go to your county website or, if you don’t know it, visit the website to get a list of county officials, essential statistics and the website address.
  • State legislators – Simply enter your address to find your reps and contact info.
  • State governor
  • House of Representatives
  • Senate
  • President – Visit the website or call 202-456-1414, or call the comments line at 202-456-1111