Local and National Social Justice Organizations and Resources

The NJSJR often links with local and national organizations to activate our agenda. Members of the Jewish Community and our Roundtable often ask us how they can best volunteer and devote their time, possibly their resources. We recommend directly contacting any of these organizations listed … to sign up for their newsletters and reports and/or to volunteer or lend financial support. This list is certainly not meant to be exhaustive and will be expanded and edited over time.


Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) – jewishpublicaffairs.org
JCPA’s mission is to advance the interests of the Jewish people, support Israel’s quest for peace and security, and promote a just American society and world.

Bend the Arc – www.bendthearc.us
Bend the Arc engages people and communities throughout the United States in creating economic opportunity and promoting social justice.

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) – www.hias.org
HIAS is he oldest international migration and refugee resettlement agency in the U.S. It provides direct services to immigrants and refugees and advocates for improved immigration and refugee related public policy.

Religious Action Center (RAC) – www.rac.org
RAC educates and mobilizes the Reform Jewish community on legislative and social concerns as well as advocate on issues centered on economic justice, civil rights, and religious liberty.

National Council for Jewish Women (NCJW) – www.ncjw.org
Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

Center of American Progress – www.americanprogress.org
The Center for American Progress (CAP) is a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization.

Mazon/Jewish Response to Hunger – mazon.org
MAZON is a national nonprofit organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel.

American Jewish World Service – ajws.org
A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing nonsectarian humanitarian assistance and emergency relief to disadvantaged people worldwide.

TRUAH: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights – truah.org
Truah is multi-denominational network of rabbis and Jewish communities to protect human rights in North America and Israel.

Southern Poverty Law Center – https://www.splcenter.org
SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice, through litigation, education, and advocacy, for the most vulnerable members of our society.

Anti-Defamation League – https://www.adl.org
One of the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agencies, the ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.


(This list, in part, reflects recommendations compiled by Rabbi Mackler and Amy Eskind for members of The Temple)

A VOICE for the Reduction of Poverty in Nashville – nashvillevoice.net
A VOICE is an alliance of Nashvillians interested in creating and articulating a collective communal voice that will encourage elected officials and other public-policy makers to strengthen and increase their commitment to provide substantive economic relief for the most vulnerable among us.

Coalition for Education About Immigration (CEI) – aviposter4@gmail.com
A coalition of Nashville justice organizations and individuals committed to immigration reform and improved public policies

Clergy for Tolerance (CFT) – aviposter4@gmail.com
A coalition of Middle Tennessee Clergy devoted to welcoming the stranger into our community and, through direct service and the adoption of public policy, promoting conditions in which they can thrive

Metro Human Relations Commission – http://www.nashville.gov/Human-Relations-Commission.aspx
The mission of the Metro Human Relations Commission is to protect and promote the personal dignity, peace, safety, security, health, and general welfare of all people in Nashville and Davidson County.

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition – www.tnimmigrant.org
The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) is a statewide, immigrant and refugee-led collaboration whose mission is to empower immigrants and refugees throughout Tennessee to develop a unified voice, defend their rights, and create an atmosphere in which they are recognized as positive contributors to the state.

The League of Women Voters – lwv.org
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan citizens’ organization that works to improve our government and engage all citizens in the legislative decisions that impact their lives.

The YWCA – www.ywcanashville.com
YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

TN-ACLU – www.aclu-tn.org
The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee (ACLU-TN) is dedicated to translating the guarantees of the Bill of Rights into reality for all Tennesseans by serving as a guardian of justice, freedom, and fairness and equality. It is devoted to protecting and advancing civil liberties and civil rights for all Tennesseans.

Community Nashville – www.communitynashville.org
A volunteer organization, CommunityNashville is committed to outreach and advocacy work focused on serving as a convener on issues of human rights. It’s renown Building Bridges Program educates students on issues related to tolerance, bigotry, and acceptance.

Family of Abraham – www.facebook.com/FamilyOfAbraham
Family of Abraham seeks to build inter-faith understanding and to advance relationships among all people. It is dedicated to accepting the difference among preserving and protecting religious liberty and us.

Project Return – www.projectreturninc.org
Project Return provides an eclectic array of services to people exiting from incarceration connecting them to the resources needed to return successfully to work and community.

NOAH (Nashville Organized for Action and Hope) – www.noahtn.org
Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) is a faith led coalition of congregations, community organizations, and labor unions that work to give voice to traditionally marginalized people. NOAH engages ordinary people in the political and economic decisions affecting their lives.

Community Relations Committee of the Nashville Jewish Federation – www.jewishnashville.org
The mission of the CRC of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, in partnership with its affiliate the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, is to advocate for Jewish interests and values, dedicate ourselves to the safety and security of the State of Israel, and foster constructive relationships within the Jewish community and among people of all faiths and cultures in order to promote a just, democratic and pluralistic American society.

Conexion Americas – http://www.conexionamericas.org
At Conexión Américas, our mission is to build a welcoming community and create opportunities where Latino families can belong, contribute and succeed.

Catholic Charities of Tennessee – http://www.cctenn.org
Advocates for and provides services which enhance and enrich the quality of life for people in need.

Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee – https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-middle-east-tennessee
Provides comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services and advocates for public policies, which guarantee these, rights and ensure access to such services.

Open Table – http://opentablenashville.org
Open Table Nashville is a non-profit, interfaith community that disrupts cycles of poverty, journeys with the marginalized and provides education about issues of homelessness.

Nashville Rescue Mission – https://nashvillerescuemission.org
Nashville Rescue Mission is a Christian-centered community dedicated to providing a variety of supports to the homeless and hungry in our community.

Room in the Inn – http://roomintheinn.org
Provides programs and housing to the homeless that emphasize human development and recovery through education, self-help and work, centered in community and long term support for those who call the streets of Nashville home.

Nashville Food Project – http://www.thenashvillefoodproject.org
Brings people together to grow, cook, and share nourishing food, with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city.

Jewish Family Service – http://jfsnashville.org
Provides a variety of social and support services to individuals and families going through significant transitions in life.

Oasis Center – http://www.oasiscenter.org/moretoyouth
A nationally recognized organization whose mission it is to help people, through a wide array of programing, move through the difficult stages of childhood and adolescence towards a productive adulthood.

Nashville Cares – http://www.nashvillecares.org
Serves people at risk of having HIV/AIDS through a variety of programs … including education, advocacy and support.