The Mission of Uri L’Tzedek
Uri L’Tzedek is an Orthodox social justice organization guided by Torah values and dedicated to combating suffering and oppression.
Through community based education, leadership development and action, Uri L’Tzedek creates discourse, inspires leaders, and empowers the Jewish community towards creating a more just world.
The Three Pillars of Uri L’Tzedek
We utilize a three pronged strategy in our mission to create a more just world. It consists of Education, Leadership Development, and Action.
Since its launch, Uri L’Tzedek has positioned itself as a thought leader in the Jewish community. Our Social Justice Beit Midrash Program convenes Jewish educators, scholars, and cutting-edge activists to create a new hermeneutic that integrates traditional textual study and contemporary social needs.
We have addressed the following topics (among many others):
• Ethical Kashrut
• Domestic Workers
• Domestic Violence
• Mental Health
• Social Justice and Leadership
• Race Relations
• Human Trafficking
• Free Tibet
• Conflict-Free Diamonds
• Negotiating with Terrorists
• Laws of War in the US
• Government Accountability
• Gun Control
• Spirituality and Activism
• TAV in Israel and TAV in the US
• Tenant Rights
• Global Health
• Fighting Poverty
• Business Ethics
• Prison Reform
• Financial Accountability
• Poetry as Protest
• Consumer Ethics
• Environmental Justice
• Jobs and Unemployment
Uri L’Tzedek currently publishes a series of supplements which tie Jewish wisdom into our business lives, our daily lives, and the rhythm of the Jewish calendar year. The series was launched in Spring 2011 with the Uri L’Tzedek Food & Justice Haggadah Supplement to add a social justice element to the seder and Mah Ani: Self Reflection and Social Action for the High Holidays. Others include a supplement on Purim, Tisha b’Av, and business ethics. All of our publications can be found in our Social Justice Torah menu.
Uri L’Tzedek has created different fellowships that train emerging adults with the skills necessary to become community organizers, social entrepreneurs, and change-agents. The Uri L’Tzedek Summer Fellowship is a transformative leadership program that combines innovative social activism with leadership development and Torah, while the semester long Amos Fellowship is a unique opportunity to take leadership roles in social justice campaigns. More info on our fellowships can be found under the Leadership Development menu.
The Tav HaYosher, Uri L’Tzedek’s ethical seal for kosher restaurants, weaves advocacy for worker rights with kashrut in a manner that creates a new paradigm for ethical living, empowers lay leaders to become social justice advocates, and initiates dialogue about the effects of consumption, globalization, and community in the Jewish public sphere.
Uri L’Tzedek’s leadership has led a community-wide advocacy campaign behalf of workers exploited and unjustly fired by Satmar owned Flaum’s Appetizing, which has created immense pressure for their management to agree to an equitable agreement.