Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

T’ruah

  • New York, NY
  • www.truah.org

Mission Statement

T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights brings together rabbis and cantors from all streams of Judaism, together with all members of the Jewish community, to act on the Jewish imperative to respect and advance the human rights of all people. Grounded in Torah and our Jewish historical experience and guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we call upon Jews to assert Jewish values by raising our voices and taking concrete steps to protect and expand human rights in North America, Israel, and the occupied Palestinian territories. - See more at: http://truah.org/who-we-are/mission-statement.html#sthash.gg7AiAGV.dpuf

Main Programs

  1. General Program

service areas

International

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ruling year

2002

chief executive for fy 2011

Rabbi Jill Jacobs

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Keywords

human rights, jewish, rabbi

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EIN

45-0464545

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Jewish (X30)

International Human Rights (Q70)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

Accomplishments include:

--Mobilizing 1800 rabbis, cantors and their communities to advocate for human rights.
Partnering with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to eradicate slavery and other labor abuses in the Florida tomato fields.
--Influencing policy at the White House in anti-slavery recommendations released by the President’s Advisory Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
--Running full-day trainings to help more than fifty rabbis in New York and Los Angeles become leaders in the fight against trafficking.
--Creating the Jewish Fair Trade Project, in partnership with Fair Trade Judaica and Equal Exchange, to help Jewish institutions and individuals purchase coffee and chocolate guaranteed free of slave labor.
--Acting as a moral religious voice during the Israel-Gaza crisis of 2014.
--Mobilizing North American Jews to stop the transfer of Robinson’s Arch (the “Egalitarian Kotel”) to a settler organization.
--Organizing 800 rabbis to stop plans to evict 30-40,000 Bedouin from their homes in the Negev.
--Halting the eviction of a Palestinian family from East Jerusalem by mobilizing more than 1600 American Jews to write to the Jewish National Fund,
--Engaging more than 100 rabbis and their communities in #blacklivesmatter, including bringing 23 to Ferguson, MO
--Acting as most prominent Jewish voice on mass incarceration in the U.S.
--Training more than 100 future rabbis and cantors to be human rights leaders.

Programs

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Program 1

General Program

OUR ORGANIZATION ENGAGES IN CHARITABLE, EDUCATIONAL AND RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES. SPECIFICALLY, OVER THE PAST YEAR WE HAVE CREATED EDUCATIONAL AND LITURGICAL RESOURCES AND PROGRAMS ON JUDAISM AND HUMAN RIGHTS FOR USE BY RABBIS AND OTHERS IN SYNAGOGUES NATIONWIDE. WITH THESE RESOURCES AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH PROGRAMS, WE HAVE FOSTERED SUPPORT FOR THE RELIGIOUS MISSION AND ACTIVITIES OF RABBIS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN ISRAEL

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Budget

$500,000.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    We believe that the job of a rabbi, and the job of the Jewish community, is to be human rights leaders. To that end, we train and mobilize rabbis and rabbinical students to engage their communities in protecting human rights. In our current campaigns, we aim to end the occupation and create a viable two-state solution that will enable both Israelis and Palestinians to have a better future; ensure a long-term solution that allows Bedouin Israelis to live in dignity and with their communities; end modern-day slavery and human trafficking in the United States; ensure that the U.S. never again engages in torture; and reform the systems of policing and mass incarceration that have a disproportionate effect on communities of color in the U.S.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategies include:
    --Mobilizing rabbis and their communities on campaigns on which we can have an impact, both in North America, and in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.
    --Training rabbinical students and rabbis to be human rights leaders.
    --Lifting up the voices of rabbis as moral leaders on human rights.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have a network of 1800 rabbis and cantors, proven success in organizing for change, and deep knowledge of the Jewish wisdom that inspires us.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.

service areas

International

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Truah The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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T’ruah

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Rabbi Jill Jacobs

BIO

Rabbi Jill Jacobs is the Executive Director of Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. She is the author of There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition(http://www.amazon.com/There-Shall-Be-Needy-Tradition/dp/1580233945) and Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community(http://www.jewishlights.com/page/product/978-1-58023-4535) . Rabbi Jacobs has been named to the Forward’s list of 50 influential American Jews (2006(http://www.forward.com/forward-50-2008/)  and 2008(http://www.forward.com/forward-50-2006/) ), to The Jewish Week’s first list of “36 under 36(http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/36_under_36_next_wave_social_justice_global_change) ” (2008), and to Newsweek’s list of the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America(http://www.newsweek.com/2010/06/28/the-50-most-influential-rabbis-in-america.html)  (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg

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