T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights (formerly Rabbis for Human Rights-North America) is an organization of rabbis from all streams of Judaism that acts on the Jewish imperative to respect and protect the human rights of all people.
T’ruah mobilizes rabbis and their communities to protect human rights in the United States, Canada, Israel, and the occupied territories. This work includes engaging rabbis and Jewish communities in advocating to their elected officials; helping rabbis to testify in state legislatures about bills that affect human rights; and advocating for policies in the US, Canada, and Israel that protect the human rights of all residents.
T’ruah trains rabbis and rabbinical students to be strong human rights leaders. Through our summer fellowship, a select cohort of rabbinical/cantorial students gain the experience and skills to be human rights leaders. Through a year-in-Israel program, more than 60 students studying in Jerusalem participate in monthly human rights experiences and reflection sessions. The organization runs webinars and in-person seminars for rabbis to learn to write and place op-eds, and to bring human rights issues to their communities.
T’ruah promotes rabbis and cantors as moral voices on the most crucial issues of the day. They place op-eds and media stories that feature rabbis bringing Jewish values to current human rights concerns. They have testified to the Senate and to federal agencies about issues ranging from solitary confinement to human trafficking to discrimination against American Muslims.
Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah is providing support to T’ruah to upgrade its web site that includes an extensive collection of Jewish resources to support the pursuit of social justice.