After taking a hiatus last year, the JFREJ Mazals are back! Every year, The Mazals is an opportunity to join together in lifting up the incredible vision, courage, and dedication of leaders in our community and wider movement. The Mazals is also a time and place for us to bask in the glow of our collective accomplishments and to come together and celebrate our love, respect, and admiration for one another.

This year, we’re all about care. The Mazals are a celebration of care and connection, and to us that means keeping each other safe and prioritizing accessibility. The Mazals will be held outside in a spacious area so that we can gather face-to-face. But care means so much more than that. Care means celebration, care means community, care means arts and culture, and care means lifting up the change-makers in our community who are creating the world as it should be; a world where we are all seen in our full humanity and where we all have what we need not just to survive, but to thrive.

Information about the Venue

9 Bob’s Note (270 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY 11206)

Covid Safety:

  • The event will be held outdoors in a 12,000 square foot space (it’s huge!!!!).

  • The entrance to the building and the restrooms are indoors. Masks are required in all indoor spaces. We will not be requiring masking in the outdoor space, though we encourage you to do so if that is more comfortable for you.

  • The space is large enough that we should be able to spread out (we meant it, the space is huge!!!)

  • We ask that everyone take a covid test on the day of the event and we will provide covid tests at the venue if you need. We ask that you stay home if you don’t feel well.


  • The venue is ADA accessible and has an ADA accessible restroom.

  • The venue is two blocks away from the closest subway station. We will try to organize carpools from different parts of NYC. Reach out if you would like to help arrange carpools!

  • We will provide ASL interpretation & Spanish translation during the event program. Please let us know if you require translation to other languages in order to participate.

  • We are providing childcare at The Mazals to make it easier for parents & caregivers to attend! Sign-up form here.

  • The main program will be livestreamed, and we will have an option for virtual participation.

You can also expect:

  • Gorgeous art created by cultural organizers in our community

  • Inspiring remarks from our honorees

  • Amazing live music and dancing from Las Mariquitas, and Ira Khonen Temple and friends

  • Drag performances from Drag Story Hour NYC and a celebration of queer culture

  • A full bar (with non-alcoholic options!) and heavy appetizers

  • To party! Whether that means jamming to the band, chatting with friends or finding a quieter place to sit and watch the festivities (we totally get that three years into the pandemic some of us have social batteries that require less socializing, and that some of us are at higher risk even in outdoor physical gatherings)

Dress code: Festive and fun! Wear whatever makes you feel fabulous. If visual references are helpful to you, check out these photos from our last on-site Mazals in December 2019 for inspiration.

Thank you to the JFREJ Mizrahi/Sephardic Caucus and the Egalitarian Sephardi/Mizrahi Community of Brooklyn for initially finding this venue and using it for the Mimouna celebration this year.


The Mazals honorees this year are movement leaders who inspire and organize us to care for ourselves and each other in a world that is constantly trying to divide us from each other and take away agency over our own bodies.

Rachel McCullough:

Rachel McCullough is the outgoing Political Director of Jews For Racial & Economic Justice. She has been on staff at JFREJ for twelve years, and her impact on JFREJ, the Jewish Left, and New York City and State has been immense. In her time on staff, she has trained scores of staff and leaders and helped build JFREJ into a powerful political force to win material changes for everyday New Yorkers. Under Rachel’s leadership, JFREJ members launched The Jewish Vote, JFREJ’s electoral arm, which today is one of New York’s most effective grassroots electoral formations.

A third-generation New Yorker and a tireless organizer for a more just and caring city, Rachel has helped build numerous campaigns and coalitions to reduce the size and scope of the NYPD, fight back against austerity, win dignity and respect for workers, and expand our democracy. Because of Rachel, JFREJ is a leader in the movement to build a more caring and feminist economy. Under her leadership, JFREJ helped pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010, and co-founded the New York Caring Majority in 2018. Rachel has co-led the Caring Majority campaign to raise home care workers’ wages in New York and end the state’s devastating home care shortage. At the start of this campaign in 2020, home care workers were making $11.80 in many parts of the state. In no small part due to Rachel’s leadership, they now make $18.55 and rising.

Imara Jones

Imara Jones, whose work has won Emmy and Peabody Awards, is the creator of TransLash Media, a cross-platform, non-profit journalism and narrative organization, which produces content to shift the current culture of hostility towards transgender people in the US. She was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People on the planet in 2023. As part of her work at TransLash, Imara hosts the WEBBY-nominated, TransLash Podcast with Imara Jones as well as the investigative, limited series, The Anti-Trans Hate Machine: A Plot Against Equality which received the Excellence in Podcasting Award from the National LGBTQ+ Journalists Association. Imara is also the first trans person to ever receive an award from the National Black Journalists Association, having garnered the Journalist of Distinction Award in 2022. Also in 2022, Politico named her as one of the 40 power players at the intersection of race, politics, and policy in the United States. In 2020 Imara was featured on the cover of Time Magazine as part of its New American Revolution special edition. In 2019 she chaired the first-ever UN High Level Meeting on Gender Diversity with over 600 participants. Imara has been featured regularly in The Guardian, The Nation, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, Fast Company and GQ. Imara is a 2021 Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow and a 2019 Soros Equality Fellow. She serves on the New York City Commission on Gender Equity. She also serves as Chair of the Board for the Transgender Law Center, the nation’s largest transgender non-profit organization, and as Co-Chair of the New Pride Agenda. Imara is als on the boards of the GLSEN, and the LGBTQ+ Museum. Imara is also part of the Move to End Violence.

VOCAL-NY Homelessness Union

When founded in 1999, VOCAL-NY (then the NYC AIDS Housing Network) emerged as one of the leading groups to win quality, stable housing for people living with HIV/AIDS to improve health outcomes, and literal life expectancies of people whose homelessness could have been a death sentence. During these early years, VOCAL-NY joined coalitions to support the larger fight for affordable housing for all, and to end homelessness. VOCAL-NY’s primary focus is to win quality housing for low-income people impacted by the war on drugs, mass incarceration and HIV/AIDS, and is dedicated to the belief that safe, affordable and stable housing is a human right for all.

This work is carried out by VOCAL-NY’s Homelessness Union, which unites people who are currently or formerly homeless towards ending the homelessness crisis throughout New York by fighting for policies rooted in access to services and care, rapid rehousing, and an end to the criminalization of homelessness. VOCAL-NY’s Homelessness Union is leading campaigns to: use all available vacant housing stock, NYCHA units and vouchers to rehouse homeless New Yorkers; immediately end encampment sweeps & quality of life criminalization that target homeless New Yorkers; provide access to public, taxpayer-funded bathrooms in subways & in streets; and provide safe and dignified shelter and other vital services to all New Yorkers, including new migrants.

Buy your tickets to the 2023 Mazals here!

We are offering sliding scale tickets so that the Mazals can be accessible as possible, and invite you to buy a ticket at whatever level feels powerful to you. If you want to financially support this event beyond purchasing a ticket, please join the Host Committee!

Join the Host Committee!

The Host Committee is a group of supporters who financially contribute to the event at one of the levels listed below, with no other obligations required. While we would love all Host Committee members to help amplify the event, the only expectation of members of the Host Committee is to donate at one of the levels listed below.

Solidarity Superstar ($10,080): 15 tickets, Host Committee listing online and in program book, full page ad in the Mazals program book, acknowledgement from the stage during the program

Heroic Habibi ($7,542): 10 tickets, Host Committee listing online and in program book, full page ad in the Mazals program book, acknowledgement from the stage during the program

Radical Resister ($5,040): 10 tickets, Host Committee listing online and in program book, full page ad in the Mazals program book

Marvelous Mensch ($2,520): 10 tickets, Host Committee listing online and in program book, 1/2 page ad in the Mazals program book

Fabulous Fighter ($1,080): 4 tickets, Host Committee listing online and in program book, ¼ page ad in the Mazals program book

Movement Maker ($504): 2 tickets, host committee listing online and in program book

Host with the Most ($252): 1 ticket, host committee listing online and in program book

To join the Host Committee with a partially tax-deductible gift, click here.

Fundraise to join the Host Committee!

We will be in touch with further details after you sign up.

Join the Host Committee (partially tax deductible)

Buy an ad

The deadline for submitting an ad to be included in the printed program book has passed. Please email if you have any questions.

A flyer containing our Mazals artwork that says: Placing an ad during JFREJ's annual awards event, the Mazals, is an incredible opportunity for your organization to reach an audience of over 500 people- including influential and progressive donors and activists. Your ad will be shown in our program book in full color. A full page ad (no bleed) is 5.5 x 8.5 or 5.75 x 8.5 (with bleed) costs $1,000. A half page ad (landscape) is 5.125 x 4 in. and costs $550. A quarter page ad is 2.5 x 4 and costs $300. The bottom contains information on how to submit ads- the deadline is August 18th and you can purchase your ad at Email the finished ad to or you can have us design it for $75.