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About Jewish Fund for Justice

“The eighth and most meritorious degree of charity is to anticipate charity by preventing poverty.”

- Maimonides

Who we are:

The Jewish Fund for Justice is the only national Jewish organization solely committed to fighting the injustice of poverty in America. By assisting grassroots organizations of low-income people from all backgrounds and faiths struggling for decent housing, schools, healthcare and jobs and by educating Jews about poverty issues and the importance of developing community-based, social justice partnerships, the Jewish Fund for Justice brings to life the core Jewish values of tikkun olam (repair of the world) and tzedakah (righteous giving).

Why we were founded:

“I’m not an organizer and Jewish. I’m an organizer and social activist because I’m Jewish. I can trace my development to my grandparents. For them the practice of Judaism and social justice were synonymous. I think I simply carried out their beliefs.”

- Si Kahn, Executive Director, Grassroots Leadership; Founding Chair and Current Jewish Fund for Justice Board Member

The Jewish Fund for Justice was founded in 1984 to fill a crucial void in Jewish philanthropy. Although Jews as individuals had been leading supporters of efforts to end the injustice of poverty in America, no national grantmaking institution existed whereby Jews could express their commitment to advancing social and economic justice for all Americans. Enter the Jewish Fund for Justice—the only national Jewish foundation whose sole purpose is to address the causes and consequences of poverty in America.

What makes the Jewish Fund for Justice unique:

  • The Jewish Fund for Justice provides an opportunity for us to do something as Jews about the unfairness and injustice of poverty in America.
  • The Jewish Fund for Justice helps synagogues become more effective and strategic about social action.
  • The Jewish Fund for Justice brings a distinctive Jewish presence and perspective to faith-based philanthropy.
  • The Jewish Fund for Justice teaches children their responsibility, as Jews, to the broader community through our middle school curricula available to religious and day schools.
  • The Jewish Fund for Justice provides educational materials connecting Jewish teachings and observances to contemporary problems of poverty.
  • The Jewish Fund for Justice offers tzedakah opportunities that enable Jews to express their commitment to fighting poverty in connection with a mitzvah or memorial.
  • The Jewish Fund for Justice supports Jewish groups and projects that educate, train and mobilize Jews to advocate and organize on urban poverty issues.
  • The Jewish Fund for Justice builds the growing movement of grassroots Jewish social activism.


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