Do you have significant organizing experience? Are you excited to be a part of a team building the power of rabbis and cantors to address pressing human rights issues? Are you interested in working with a cohort of synagogue leaders to understand and address racism and white privilege, leading to better engagement with local campaigns for justice? Do you have experience in and love of the New York Jewish community?  Do you enjoy building relationships with new people? 

T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights is seeking an experienced and self-directed organizer and trainer to work with clergy and synagogues in New York City, Westchester, and possibly northern New Jersey and/or Long Island. This is a full-time position for a rabbi, cantor, or for someone with prior experience organizing Jewish clergy and synagogues and training (and/or hiring trainers) on issues of racial justice. 

Who We Are 

T’ruah trains and mobilizes more than 2,000 rabbis and cantors from all streams of Judaism, together with all members of the Jewish community, to act on the Jewish imperative to respect and advance the human rights of all people. Grounded in Torah and our Jewish historical experience and guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we call upon Jews to assert Jewish values by raising our voices and taking concrete steps to protect and expand human rights in North America, Israel, and the occupied Palestinian territories. 

What You’ll Do 

The NY Organizer position, which reports to T’ruah’s Deputy Director and is a member of the Organizing Team led by the Rabbinic Organizer, is responsible for two main areas of work: building and organizing T’ruah’s base of clergy members in the greater NY area to win legislative campaigns at the city and/or state level; and working on T’ruah’s STEP program. STEP (Synagogue Teams for Equity Partnerships) is a UJA-funded, T’ruah-created initiative to help NY-area congregations develop and deepen relationships with non-Jewish communities of color, together working toward a shared goal of deeper solidarity and more effective anti-racist action. 

You’ll have these major responsibilities: 

Organize Chaverim 

  • Organize local clusters of T’ruah member rabbis/cantors (“chaverim”) in New York City, Westchester, and possibly Long Island and/or northern New Jersey, to take on local issues and represent T’ruah in city and state coalitions. This includes travel to facilitate meetings and programs (when local travel and meetings become safe).
  • Working with the Rabbinic Organizer on the leadership structure for cluster leaders, as well as identifying and engaging emerging T’ruah chaver leadership in the NYC area. 
  • Support these clusters in choosing and carrying out campaigns. 
  • Develop leadership of chaverim by offering opportunities for training and action. 
  • Recruit chaverim for T’ruah’s immersive experiences once these are possible.
  • Organize Westchester clergy and synagogues to pass a state law ending long-term solitary confinement, as part of an ongoing T’ruah campaign. 

Organize synagogues to combat racism by developing and deepening relationships with non-Jewish communities of color 

  • Evaluate the first cohort of STEP’s successes/challenges and revise the program plan for the second STEP cohort. 
  • Identify potential sites of engagement and reach out to communities. 
  • Work with synagogues to implement the program, which includes some teaching and some work with outside facilitators. 
  • Connect synagogue cohort members to local campaigns around issues such as immigration, fighting police brutality, and ending mass incarceration, including the campaign to end solitary confinement. 

Who You Are 

You are an organizer and a team player eager to collaborate closely with the other members of the Program Staff. Specifically, you will be or have most or all of the following: 

  • Experience in community organizing, network building, and leadership development. 
  • Experience working with Jewish communities around issues of racial justice.
  • A proactive approach to outreach and engagement, including a love of phone calls, meeting people for coffee (when possible again), and networking. 
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to manage multiple projects at the same time. 
  • An ability to come up with creative solutions to challenges, follow projects through to completion, and adapt to changing circumstances. 
  • A willingness to partner with colleagues and work in a team. 
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills. 
  • Passion about T’ruah’s mission and knowledgeable about human rights issues in North America and in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. 

To learn more about our work, visit truah.org or find us @truahrabbis on Twitter and Facebook. 

What Else You Should Know 

T’ruah is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, transgender people, veterans and people of color are encouraged to apply. 

This position is full-time and will be based in T’ruah’s office in New York City when that is eventually possible. Currently work from home, but organizer must live in the NYC area and be able to travel regionally. 

The starting salary for this role is $70,000 plus generous benefits. 

How to Apply 

Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@truah.org. Please write “NY Organizer” in the subject line. The cover letter will be used as a writing sample. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. In the cover letter, please indicate where you heard about the position. No phone calls, please. 

Our Timeline

Applications will be accepted until February 28. We apologize that because of the volume of applications, we are only able to respond to those applicants granted an interview. First round interviews will be conducted March 1-14. Our ideal start date for this position is between June 1 and July 1.