NCJW, Jewish Organizations, and Jewish Clergy Urge Congress to Help, Not Harm, Our Communities

Dear Members of the 118th Congress,

The Talmud (Shavuot 39a) teaches that we are all responsible for one another. As such, Jewish tradition emphasizes the importance of honoring every person’s dignity and caring for our communal and social well-being. Our past and present experiences as Jews further underscores our obligation to ensure that all people have what they need to thrive, in solidarity with others. 

This means that our nation’s programs and services must meet the needs of women, children, and families — ensuring they have food to eat, places to call home, safe places to learn, jobs with equal pay and paid sick leave, the ability to love who they want, and health care that is affordable and accessible. But funding for these vital programs and services are being held up in Congress, where some lawmakers are threatening to shut the government down over anti-abortion, anti-LGBTQ, and anti-diversity, education and inclusion amendments. The inclusion of these amendments–and attempts to shut down the government over them–would have disastrous consequences, as these bills must be passed by midnight on September 30.

Funding bills are moral documents; they are opportunities for our nation to show how we treat those that are most vulnerable. Together, we call on Congress to pass bills to fund vital government programs and services that support and enrich our communities rather than harm them.



National Jewish Organizations:

ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal


American Jewish World Service


Bend the Arc: Jewish Action

Central Conference of American Rabbis

Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action


Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action

Jewish Center for Justice

Jewish Council for Public Affairs

Jewish Democratic Council of America

Jewish Labor Committee

Jewish Multilracial Network

Jewish Women International (JWI)


MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger


National Council of Jewish Women

Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies

Rabbinical Assembly

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

Shalom Bayit

The Workers Circle

Union for Reform Judaism

Women of Reform Judaism

Women’s Rabbinic Network

Jewish Clergy:

Cantor Lauren Furman Adesnik

Cantor Sheri Allen

Rabbi Laura Bellows

Rabbi Leah Rachel Berkowitz

Rabbi Amy B. Bigman

Rabbi Dana Z. Bogatz

Rabbi Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor

Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Bronstein

Sass Brown, Rabbinical Student 

Rabbi Max Chaiken

Rabbi Paul F. Cohen 

Rabbi Abby Cohen

Rabbi Stephanie Crawley

Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz

Rabbi Benjamin David

Max Davis, Rabbinical Student 

Rav Tyler Dratch

Rabbi Jessica Dressin

Rabbi Ellen W Dreyfus 

Rabbi Elizabeth Dunsker

Rabbi Judith B. Edelstein

Rabbi Nora Feinstein

Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy

Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife

Rabbi Joshua Fixler

Rabbi Allison Flash

Rabbi David Gelfand 

Rabbi Gary Glickstein

Rabbi Brian Glusman  

Rabbi Keren Gorban

Rabbi Lisa S. Greene

Rabbi Michael G. Holzman

Rabbi Mark Hurvitz

Rabbi Jessica Jacobs

Cantor Rachel Gottlieb Kalmowitz

Leah Kiser, Ordained Kohenet

Rabbi Elias Lieberman

Rabbi Sharon Mars

Rabbi Dr. Sabine Meyer

Cantor Sarah Myerson

Rabbi Michael Namath

Cantor Julie Newman

Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch

Rabbi Salem Pearce

Rabbi Hara Person 

Rabbi Ethan Prosnit

Rabbi Jennifer Queen

Rabbi Michael Ramberg 

Rabbi Stacy Rigler 

Rabbi Mira Rivera

Rabbi Shoshana Rosenbaum

Rabbi Francine Roston 

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

Rabbi Neil Sandler

Rabbi Simone Schicker

Rabba Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez

Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman

Rabbi Julie Schwarzwald

Rabbi Scott Shafrin 

Rabbi Becky Silverstein

Rabbi-Cantor Alan Sokoloff

Rabbi Raphael E. Spitzer

Rabbi Joshua Strom

Rabbi Jenna Stein Turow

Rabbi Shira Stutman

Rabbi Jessie Wainer

Cantor Risa Wallach

Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg

Rabbi Michael Weiss 

Rabbi Marina Yergin

Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel

Rabbi Irwin Zeplowitz 

Cantor Michael Zoosman

Rabbi Julie Zupan

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