Join more than 2,000 of your colleagues in bringing a Jewish moral voice to human rights in North America, Israel, and the occupied Palestinian territories. T’ruah chaverim are rabbis and cantors who stand up to be counted as human rights leaders, nationally and in their own communities.
Being part of our chaverim network gives you many benefits, including:
- A network of supportive rabbis and cantors of all denominations throughout North America, including connections with colleagues in your own area.
- Human rights delegations, including to witness the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border; to visit the Legacy Museum and Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, and to meet with Palestinian and Israeli human rights leaders in the West Bank.
- Chaverim-only webinars that offer rabbinic framing and support for addressing breaking news within our communities.
- The chance to organize together to have an impact on human rights in both North America and Israel.
- Study guides, holiday resources, and teaching tools, to enhance your analysis of the issues.
- One-on-one consultations with T’ruah staff and leaders.
Already a chaver? Fill out this short survey to let us know what professional development opportunities you would be most interested in.
Cantor Vera Broekhuysen
“T’ruah has honed and expanded my vision of what it means to be a cantor in this painful, beautiful world. T’ruah’s education and advocacy offer a wide-lens, deeply informed, Jewish perspective on human rights abuses, and practical tools for the human rights work that must be our Jewish response to them. As part of a T’ruah delegation to El Paso in March 2019, I visited Otero County Detention Center, one of the immigration jails – where a Togolese asylum seeker who arrived in my sanctuary network just days before, had spent three months imprisoned. That experience was indelible and invaluable. Seeing a human rights issue close up, accompanied by people whose life’s work is to improve it, feeds the eish kodesh, holy fire, in Jewish cantors and rabbis, and helps us tend that fire in our own congregations and organizations.”
Rabbi Justin David
Congregation Bnai Israel
“Being a part of T’ruah’s protest in February 2017 against the Travel Ban was one of the most important and galvanizing experiences of my personal life and career. It brought into focus many things: the importance of a trans-denominational rabbinic voice; the necessity of a rabbinic moral voice outside the traditional institutions; the power of a generation of rabbinic leadership that’s writing new rules on how we stand up; the vision of T’ruah’s leadership that is so necessary for this moment. A photo of my and other rabbis being arrested that night sits in my office as inspiration for when I need it in my rabbinic work. I am deeply proud to be connected to T’ruah and see the organization and our work as an essential Jewish voice of our time.”
Rabbi Rachel Timoner
Congregation Beth Elohim
Brooklyn, New York
“I don’t think it’s possible to overstate the importance of the voice of T’ruah. They are out there on issues that require a lot of courage, and with such a good, nuanced, clear message that is Torah-based. T’ruah gives the entire rabbinate breathing room to be able to enter into that also.”
We welcome chaverim who are ordained as rabbis or cantors by accredited institutions and/or who are members of recognized local or national rabbinic associations. T’ruah chaverim are expected to live by high ethical standards. Chaverim who are in the middle of an adjudicatory process within their rabbinic/cantorial associations are asked to refrain from engagement in T’ruah programs or on the T’ruah listserv until the process has been resolved. Those who are suspended from their rabbinic/cantorial associations for ethics violations will also be suspended from being T’ruah chaverim for the same period, and those who are permanently expelled for ethics violations will no longer be able to be T’ruah chaverim.