For 29 years, Jews For Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ) has pursued racial and economic justice in New York City by advancing systemic changes that result in concrete improvements in people’s everyday lives. We are inspired by Jewish tradition to fight for a sustainable world with an equitable distribution of economic and cultural resources and political power. The movement to dismantle racism and economic exploitation will be led by those most directly targeted by oppression. We believe that Jews have a vital role to play in this movement. The future we hope for depends on Jews forging deep and lasting ties with our partners in struggle. JFREJ’s Strategic Vision (PDF)


Over the past 25 years, JFREJ has had considerable impact on the social justice landscape of New York City. In 1999, we worked with the Coalition Against Police Brutality to fight for increased levels of accountability, a Civilian Police Review Board with real power, and in opposition to the racist tactics of the New York City Police. JFREJ members were a strong Jewish presence at rallies, marches, hearings, and in the media and were instrumental in winning more power for the Review Board and forcing then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to address police brutality in a serious way. In 2000, we joined the Campaign for Fiscal Equity in the fight against the privatization of New York schools by the Edison Corporation and were successful in stopping the transfer of public schools to private corporate control. From 2000 to 2003, JFREJ teamed up with the Latin American Workers Project to support Mexican and Central American workers’ efforts to win back wages and over-time pay at the Tuv Taam factory in Brooklyn. In 2003, the New York Attorney General awarded a million-dollar settlement on behalf of the Tuv Taam workers.

From 2002 to 2010, JFREJ turned out in force to support Domestic Workers United, organizing domestic employers to fight side-by-side with domestic workers for basic worker rights. JFREJ and DWU successfully passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in the New York City Council, the first bill of its kind to pass in the country, and then went on to win the New York State Domestic Worker Bill of Rights in 2010 – the first state-wide legislation in the United States to provide labor protections for domestic workers. In 2013, JFREJ’s Campaign for Police Accountability played an active role in the major political realignment of New York’s conversation about discriminatory policing. Working as part of the Communities United for Police Reform coalition, JFREJ worked hard for passage of the Community Safety Act and advocated in support of the Floyd case in the courts. Together, the Floyd decision and the CSA have had a major impact on policing in NYC. 2014 and 2015 JFREJ brought the Jewish community into the streets in conjunction with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, staging or participating in major actions that received national coverage.


  • Executive Director Audrey Sasson
  • Director of Development Nikki Morse
  • Director of Organizing Rachel McCullough
  • Finance & Operations Manager Tanya Roopnarine
  • Movement Building Organizer Leo Ferguson
  • Community Organizers
    • Keren Soffer-Sharon
    • Yehudah Webster
    • Zahara Zahav
  • Development Associate Sara Goldberg
  • Administrative Assistant Rachel Jensen
  • Development Intern Kayla Pollak


  • Jennifer Hirsch
  • Neal Hoffman
  • Carinne Luck
  • Rachel Laforest
  • Rabbi Ellen Lippmann
  • Megan Pamela Ruth Madison
  • Alexis Ortiz
  • cori schmanke parrish
  • Judith Plaskow
  • Dania Rajendra
  • Anya Rous
  • James Schaffer
  • Margot Seigle
  • Andrea Shapiro
  • Rafael Shimunov

The JFREJ Rabbinic Council

Congregations and organizations are listed for identification purposes only.

Rabbi Guy Austrian, Fort Tryon Jewish Center
Rabbi Tszvi Blanchard, CLAL
Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, B’nai Jeshurun
Rabbi Carie Carter, Park Slope Jewish Center
Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, New Israel Fund
Rabbi Barat Ellman
Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition
Rabbi Brian Fink, JCC in Manhattan
Rabbi Jonah Geffen, Sha’are Tzedek
Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg, Malkhut – Progressive Jewish Spirituality in Queens
Rabbi Linda Goodman, Union Temple
Rabbi Lauren Grabelle-Hermann, The Society for the Advancement of Judaism
Rabbi David Ingber, Romemu
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
Rabbi Ellen Lippmann, Kolot Chayeinu
Rabbi Marc Margolius, West End Synagogue
Rabbi Roly Matalon, B’nai Jeshurun
Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer, Romemu
Rabbi Mira Rivera
Rabbi Linda Shriner-Cahn
Rabbi Mia Simring
Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu, CLAL
Rabbi Felicia Sol, B’nai Jeshurun
Rabbi Beni Wajnberg, Temple Shaaray Tefila
Rabbi Nancy Wiener, Hebrew Union College


We are grateful to all of our members and supporters, including:

Caring Across Generations
Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York
Mazer Family Fund
Nathan Cummings Foundation
The New York Community Trust
The New York Women’s Foundation
Norman E. Alexander Family Foundation
Tikva Grassroots Empowerment Fund  
Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

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