JEWS UNITED FOR JUSTICE INC

Think Jewishly. Act Locally.

aka JUFJ   |   Washington, DC   |  www.jufj.org

Mission

Jews United for Justice advances economic, racial, and social justice in the Baltimore-Washington region by educating and mobilizing our local Jewish communities to action. We move our region closer to equity and justice by advancing issue-based campaigns that make real, immediate, and concrete improvements in people’s lives and build the power of working-class and poor communities of color. Through these campaigns we develop leaders, build our Jewish grassroots community, shift the consciousness of our community, and build the collective power needed to undo systemic racism and inequality.

Notes from the nonprofit

This year, JUFJ will be completing a racial equity audit with Wayfinding Partners, and continuing our journey to be an anti-racist organization. In addition to any new initiative we will develop as a part of the process with Wayfinding Partner, JUFJ will continue to provide intentional opportunities for JUFJ staff and volunteer-leaders to continue to learn about white supremacy, anti-Black racism, and what we can do to combat it within ourselves, our institution(s), the Jewish community, and the broader society. In addition, we strive to bring additional resources and visibility to partners, with a particular goal of supporting efforts to build the power of BIPOC leadership and institutions.

Ruling year info

2002

Principal Officer

Mr. Jacob Feinspan

Main address

PO Box 41485

Washington, DC 20018 USA

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EIN

52-2346578

NTEE code info

Jewish (X30)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Jews United for Justice advances economic, racial, and social justice in Washington DC and Maryland by educating and mobilizing our local Jewish communities to action. We move our region closer to equity and justice by advancing issue-based campaigns that make real, immediate, and concrete improvements in people's lives and build the power of working-class and poor communities of color. Through these campaigns we develop leaders, build our Jewish grassroots community, shift the consciousness of our community, and build the collective power needed to undo systemic racism and inequality.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Making Pragmatic and Prophetic Change

JUFJ’s focus is work in coalition and in partnership with grassroots and advocacy groups around the region, especially those led by and accountable to people of color. Together, we seek to build and win policy campaigns. JUFJ’s grassroots leaders work with our staff to plan events, advocate at the city, county, and state level, mobilize their neighbors and friends, and shape tactics and strategies designed to win real changes in people’s everyday lives.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people
Economically disadvantaged people

JUFJ’s power depends on a base of grassroots leaders who are prepared to take action, and to both follow and lead in our issue-campaigns. We build our members’ understanding of and commitment to JUFJ’s change-making by offering political, issue, anti-oppression, and Jewish education, and leadership training. A well-educated community is more deeply motivated to work for change. JUFJ staff and volunteers bring compelling content about our issues to our whole community to inspire activism, and scale-up volunteer leadership. We frame all of our work in the sacred values of Jewish tradition and learn from the history of our ancestors who sought justice.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people
Economically disadvantaged people
Jewish people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people on the organization's email list

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of highly active volunteer leaders

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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people who took action with us online last year.

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Everyone in our region should have what they need to live and thrive, and a real voice in democracy, no matter the color of their skin, where they are from, or how much money they have. We work with partners of all colors, faiths, and backgrounds to move our government to focus on equity and justice, and to respond to the needs of poor and working people, whether Black, brown, or white. We seek to build our Jewish community so that it is a proud and valued partner in bringing about a more just future through multiracial, multifaith, cross-class movements working for social, racial, and economic justice.

Our staff, board, volunteers, and key partners have developed four key strategies:

Making systemic change in our region: Advance economic, social and racial equity in our region by winning policy change that makes a real, immediate, and concrete improvement in people’s lives.

Develop Our Leaders and Engage Our Community: Create a cadre of Jewish leaders who will advance transformational social change and use community organizing to mobilize the broader Jewish community in creating a more just and equitable region.

Build the Power of Our Field: Invest our time, voice and relationships to help strengthen the social change field in our region and the Jewish social justice field nationally, and to bring additional resources and visibility to our partners.
Strengthen Our Institution: Build JUFJ’s institutional capacity so we can support and sustain this work over the long term.

We use an anti-racist/racial equity analysis in everything we do.

We use an anti-racist/racial equity analysis in everything we do.

Since 1998, JUFJ has developed a strong track record for successfully accomplishing our goals. We win campaigns through our proven strategies--training and empowering volunteer leaders, teaching our community how to be effectively engaged in local government, and building a rich, sustaining, Jewish community. We work successfully with coalitions and trusted partners throughout our region, and have long-term relationships with key elected officials. We have over 13,000 people in our community, and we organize them successfully to work for change in our region. Our progress isn’t always immediate, but we’ve shown that our techniques bring many victories - Paid Sick Days in DC, Montgomery County, and Maryland, Paid Family Leave in DC, a higher minimum wage in Montgomery County and DC, rental licensing and more police accountability in Baltimore, and many others.

We are proud of our work. JUFJ has built a strong, sustaining, powerful community of thousands of people in DC, Montgomery County, Baltimore, and throughout Maryland, that together works to change our region based on our shared vision of a more just society.

We don’t just build community, we also have won substantive policy victories. Together with our partners, our recent policy wins include:

-A progressive Paid Family Leave program for hundreds of thousands of DC employees that will allow people to care for themselves, ill family members, or new babies. In addition, the bill has progressive wage replacement, with low wage workers able to receive 90% of their wages while on leave.
-Paid Sick Days for most people in Maryland and in DC.
-A $15 minimum wage in Maryland and DC.

This is just a sample of some of our successes. Today, we are working with partners in multiracial, multifaith coalitions to transform our region. Specific campaigns include our efforts to ensure Paid Family Leave in DC is implemented successfully, an effort to work with partners to transform the lives of children ages 0-3 throughout the District of Columbia, renter's rights, pandemic recovery, and more.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    JUFJ serves two populations: first, we work directly with our primarily white, middle-class to affluent Jewish grassroots community, whom we educate, organize, and mobilize for action. Second, JUFJ works in partnership and solidarity with primarily poor Black and brown DC and Maryland residents, and the organizations and institutions that represent them.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    JUFJ has created systems to integrate feedback into all of our decisions, big and small. Over the years, JUFJ has learned that building cohorts within legislative districts strengthens our advocacy and community building. Learning from this experience and based on feedback, we now have District Captains: leaders who bring together people from their districts for advocacy during the Maryland General Assembly. Last year, JUFJ volunteer leaders asked for non-synchronous training opportunities. Now we record our trainings and host staffed re-plays of those videos. In addition, we have added articles/research pages for all our Maryland issues on the website per the request of leaders. This is just a small subset of the changes we’ve made in response to our volunteers’ requests.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Feedback, accountability and reliability are critical for maintaining momentum in the deeply collaborative coalitions where JUFJ works. We seek clearly defined roles in our coalitions that are aligned with our partners’ needs and priorities. Multiracial, multiethnic, diverse coalitions require the utmost respect for others’ values, culture, ideas, and time. Given the nuance of leading and following to make change with people fighting their own marginalization, JUFJ requests regular, substantive feedback from our partners. While this does not shift power, per se, it allows us to ensure we are using our power in ways that are constructive.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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JEWS UNITED FOR JUSTICE INC

Board of directors
as of 03/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Desmond Serrette

SEIU

Robert Barkin

Retired, Arkos Group

Kathy Krieger

James & Hoffman

Claire Landers

Member of JUFJ Baltimore's Leadership Council

Joshua Mintz

CHP Mintz, LLC

Lauren Spokane

Social Change and Community Building Consultant

Desmond Serrette

SEIU

Carlos Jimenez

AFL-CIO

Debbie Goldman

Retired, Communication Workers of America

Tara Huffman

Independent Change Consultant

Ed Lazere

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Lilah Pomerance

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/11/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/11/2022

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.