Connect with Jewish and Interfaith social justice resources serving a variety of needs in Orange County and beyond. Find resources related to:
- Homelessness & Hunger
- Refugee Support
- Anti-Hate, Conflict Resolution & Interfaith Resources
- Human Rights
- Jewish Social Justice Essays & Texts
Homelessness & Hunger
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national nonprofit organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel.
MAZON, which means “food” in Hebrew, was the first national organization to rally the American Jewish community around the issue of hunger, and remains the only national Jewish organization dedicated exclusively to that same cause.
Since its founding in 1985, MAZON has established itself as a leader in the national anti-hunger movement.
The Orange County Alliance for Just Change (OCAJC) envisions a community where all people of faith and good will are given the opportunity to learn about critical challenges facing our most vulnerable residents so that they can decide how to best become part of the solution. Their goals are to: 1) Educate: provide ongoing public education through forums and speaking engagements with community leaders, 2) Advocate: they offer a matching service to connect volunteers and donors with like-minded organizations, 3) Act: they mobilize people to become educated and volunteer where needed, and direct philanthropic funds toward causes that do the most good.
OCAJC is currently focusing on homelessness in Orange County.
HIAS works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. For more than 130 years, HIAS has been helping refugees rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.
Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFS), a project of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, is guided by the verse in Leviticus— “Thou shalt not stand idly by the blood of thy neighbor.” The basic tenets of all major faiths command us to act on behalf of those suffering inside Syria. MFA’s mission is to mobilize global multifaith support to alleviate the Syrian humanitarian crisis, heighten awareness of its growing dangers, and advance future stability in the region.
Through strategic grant-making, the Interfaith Refugee Project supports refugees to achieve safety and dignity, and resettle with support to build a full life. They believe that to create a world safe for refugees, we must foster mutual respect and responsibility across different faiths and communities.
Tiyya was founded on the belief that a community is stronger together if everyone stands together. As a non-profit, Tiyya exists to support and serve refugees, immigrants, and displaced American families so that they can overcome obstacles and become active members of society.
Read The Rabbinical Assembly Resolution on U.S. Immigration Policy – “Do not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 23:9)
Friends of Orange County Detainees (FCOD) was created as a community of volunteers who offer regular visits to any undocumented detainee who indicates a need and/or a transfer program from point of release to detainee’s sponsor for asylum seekers. FCOD offers listening ears and compassionate hearts in an act of friendship to end isolation, and affirm each person’s human dignity and worth.
Anti-Hate, Conflict Resolution & Interfaith Resources
The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all. The Orange County/Long Beach Regional office covers the area south of Los Angeles and north of San Diego.
OC Human Relations works to foster mutual understanding among residents and eliminate prejudice, intolerance and discrimination in order to make Orange county a better place for ALL people to live, work and do business.
Music In Common, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen, empower, educate, and connect communities through the universal language of music. By producing publicly accessible concerts, school programs, and multimedia productions with an interest in underserved communities and communities in conflict, Music in Common (MiC) provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and collaborations that can lead to positive social change.
The Olive Tree Initiative began in the Spring of 2007 at UC Irvine as a grassroots student and faculty initiative. The group ventured into the Middle East in 2008 with their inaugural trip to Israel and the West Bank. Since then, the group has expanded nationally and internationally; developing its academic foundation and becoming one of the world’s premier training ground for international conflict analysis and resolution.
The House of Worship Tour is an organization founded in 1997 by the National Conference for Community and Justice to promote respect and understanding among people of all (or no) faith traditions. Participants have the opportunity to learn about and celebrate the rich tapestry of faiths in Southern California and to promote respect and understanding among all races, religions and cultures.
If one person is oppressed, we are all oppressed. NCCJ is changing the world, by changing our communities one mind at a time. When there is an act of bigotry or hate, NCCJ speaks out…and they empower those they work with to find their voice for change. Join, support and add your name to building inclusive communities.
American Muslim Women’s Empowerment Council educates American Muslim women in community relations, the role of American Muslim women in correcting current misconceptions about Islam and the role of women in its practices, and how American Muslim women can promote the well-being of Muslim women and increase their participation in civic affairs.
Over the past 113 years, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) has evolved into a global environmental leader by planting more than 250 million trees, building over 240 reservoirs and dams, developing over 250,000 acres of land, creating more than 2,000 parks, providing the infrastructure for over 1,000 communities, and connecting thousands of children and young adults to Israel and their heritage.
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development and human rights organization working to overcome the inequalities and injustices that cause poverty and oppression. Their grantees address immediate needs like food, shelter, jobs and health care, yet they also go deeper—advocating for human rights and building movements that can bring about lasting change. Their approach is rooted in empowerment—understanding that the people affected by a problem are best positioned to solve it. AJWS has a two-pronged strategy for building a more just and equitable world. They provide over $38 million annually to 450 social justice organizations in 19 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and also advocate for laws and policies in the United States that will improve the lives of millions of people around the world.
Jewish Social Justice Essays & Texts
Just Thought – Subscribe to this AJWS publication and receive monthly essays applying Jewish wisdom to the pursuit of tikkun olam today.
One1Foot – Use this AJWS online database to search and browse hundreds of biblical, rabbinic and contemporary Jewish texts about social justice.