Synagogue Organizing

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Our Current Priorities

JCRC’s synagogue organizing team strengthens the ability of Jews and synagogues to do high-impact social justice work from a Jewish perspective. We work to build a Jewish community that prioritizes social justice, to connect Jewish communal interests to broader social concerns, and to enable individuals to recognize and build their power to act as change agents with their synagogues.

Using the methodology of faith-based community organizing, the Synagogue Social Justice Team identifies synagogue leaders in Greater Boston and trains these leaders to engage their synagogues to act on issues of concern to them and their community. We provide training on leadership development and organizing for social justice through individual consultation, institutes and training events, and networking opportunities.

To create the change that we aim for, we also work in close partnership with other organizations and coalitions that link Jewish communal interests to broader social concerns.

Through our work, synagogue leaders are developed, synagogue communities and their social justice efforts are strengthened, and change is effected in Greater Boston and the state by addressing root causes of social problems.

Our Recent Wins

    • Transgender Equality- Defeated Anti-Equality Ballot Initiative in 2018 Election
    • Criminal justice Reform- Act signed into law in 2018, ran education campaign on impact of District Attorneys in two counties before 2018 DA Elections

To get involved or for more information, please contact Rachie Lewis, Director of Synagogue Organizing, or Ben Poor, Senior Synagogue Organizer.