May 2, 2011
Social justice groups set to merge
Two Jewish social justice organizations—The Progressive Jewish Alliance and Jewish Funds for Justice—have decided to merge.
The groups will announce the merger officially May 26 at a fundraising gala, along with details about what the move will mean to each organization. The merger will take place later this year.
Leaders of both organizations say the move is a strategic outgrowth of their shared goals and highlights their belief that “achieving significant, sustained change requires close partnerships.”
“By joining together, JFSJ and PJA will build on the significant strengths and successes of our existing organizations,” Simon Greer, JFSJ’s president and CEO, told JTA. ”We will actively engage more Jews in expanding opportunity and securing basic rights as an expression of core Jewish values.”
Jewish Funds for Justice, formed in 2006 through a merger of The Shefa Fund and Jewish Fund for Justice, has contributed financially to strengthening low-income communities and promoting social change since the 1980s.
The Progressive Jewish Alliance, founded in 1999, focuses on social justice and Jewish-Muslim dialogue in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area.