We run fearless campaigns for the human rights of all people, and do our work out of a deep commitment to Torah, Jewish tradition, and a love for Israel.
Our impact to date has included:
- Mobilizing rabbis and their communities to create fair labor conditions in the Florida tomato field. In partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), 80 rabbis and 15 lay leaders have visited CIW, and have energized adults and children from their communities to persuade major retailers to join the Fair Food Program, which protects workers from trafficking and other abuses. To date, 14 major corporations have joined.
- Persuading the Jewish National Fund for transparency on settlement dollars. As a result of requests by T’ruah supporters, in 2016, the Jewish National Fund released a list of their projects, including information about how much money flows to settlements. This followed a year in which almost 40,000 Jewish community members watched T’ruah’s two videos asking JNF how much U.S. donor money ends up in peace-blocking settlements and in which supporters called and wrote to local JNF offices to demand transparency in funding.
- Ending tax-exempt support for Israeli terrorists. Following a complaint we filed with the IRS, the Honenu organization was forced to stop making payments to Israelis convicted of terrorism.
- Bringing a Jewish voice to transforming the U.S. system of mass incarceration. T’ruah educates rabbis and Jewish communities, organizes in key states and nationally to pass legislation reducing the use of solitary confinement, and helps rabbis and cantors to engage their communities in advocacy and direct service. T’ruah’s Jewish community handbook on mass incarceration has become the go-to text for Jewish communities addressing police violence, sentencing, prison conditions and reentry.
- Training more than 200 rabbinical students in the past five years to be human rights leaders. Every year, T’ruah leads a year-long human rights experience for 50+ students who are spending their rabbinical or cantorial school year in Israel, and a full-time summer fellowship in New York for a select cohort. These students acquire hands-on human rights training and develop rabbinic voices to be human rights leaders.
- Educating rabbis and cantors to be human rights leaders. Through trainings on issues including modern-day slavery, incarceration, and addressing Israel in diverse communities, T’ruah helps rabbis and cantors to become powerful human rights leaders within their own communities.
- Creating educational resources, prayers, rituals, and weekly divrei Torah. T’ruah applies Jewish learning and wisdom to the moral challenges of our day.