In 2022, to build upon the work the Foundation began, A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy launched, headed by our former president, Aaron Dorfman. Follow the link to learn more.

The Jewish Education Project: Adapting: Jewish Education and the Ballot Box 

The 2017 Jewish Futures Conference
For Which it Stands: How can Jewish civics education elevate American democracy?

The Moral, The Political, and The Partisan with Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer

Personally Delivered: Making Everyone Count in an Election with Sam Novey

Conceived in Liberty with Dr. Tamara Tweel


Jews and the Presidency

Shalom Hartman Institute


As one of the ten organizations on the leadership team of the Fight Back Table, a national coalition of progressive grassroots organizations, Bend the Arc is anchoring the faith engagement efforts of the table’s Count Every Vote initiative, which has been working to ensure that people were prepared with the information and training they needed to cast their votes and ensure that every vote counted in this unprecedented election year. The Count Every Vote community is cultivating the space to discuss the changes unfolding in this election season, coordinate work, and ensure all groups know how to best plug in.

In the runup to the 2020 election, the RAC’s Every Voice, Every Vote: The Reform Movement’s 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign built  on the long Jewish American commitment to democratic norms and institutions. The campaign trained cohorts of leaders, especially Reform clergy, about how to engage voters and how to talk to congregants about the election process and the post-Election Day period when the winners may not be immediately apparent. They forged partnerships with local and national groups to combat voter suppression and offered aid in voter registration and education.

T’ruah is publishing a weekly Torah commentary series, Torah 20/20, in which it invites prominent thinkers to reflect on the current Torah portion and on the wisdom it has to strengthen democracy and heal a broken society.

T’ruah’s election center provides text studies, divrei Torah, action steps, webinar recordings, and links to partner organizations intended to help rabbis, cantors, and the wider Jewish community learn and take action to protect voting rights and the integrity of the democratic process. 

JSPA is a national journalism education organization that offers resources for schools to teach students top-level skills while looking at journalism through a Jewish lens. Working with students, teachers and advisers, its goals are to support the growth of student media at Jewish high schools, enhance journalism education in those schools, teach students and advisers how they can add Jewish content and sensibility to their publications, and convey a Jewish outlook on journalism to students in any school.
Sefaria for Democracy is a proof of concept for bringing Sefaria’s approach to interlinking Jewish texts to the great texts of American democracy. It presents the texts of our democratic tradition in dialogue with each other, highlighting how our explorations of freedom and liberty are part of a great, intergenerational conversation going back centuries.

Through TJEP’s new educator portal, educators can access a range of curated resources to support meaningful engagement around civic participation. To date, the resources draw from a diverse range of both secular and Jewish organizations speaking to the educational approach for preschool through high school.

Informed by scholarly inquiries into both Jewish history and the Jewish present, the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies integrates Jewish wisdom with a broader academic study of philanthropy and democracy.
The Faith, Polarization, and Democracy Project weaves together strategies used by the One America Movement and the Rebuilding Democracy Project to develop a scalable model for lay, professional, and clergy leaders to shape norms inside their congregations in support of pro-democratic, anti-divisiveness practices.
PACE’s Faith In/And Democracy pooled fund and learning initiative explores the ways faith and faith communities can support democracy and civic life. The initiative provides grants to community-based projects working at the intersection of faith and civic life. The funding is complemented with a cohort-based, year-long peer learning community.
Mitzvote is a voter engagement drive that adapts the framework of Jews reaching the age of b’nai mitzvah, when Jews traditionally mark and celebrate the assumption of communal responsibilities, to Americans turning 18, the age at which young people gain the right to vote.

Civic Spirit educates, inspires, and empowers schools across faith traditions to enhance civic belonging and responsibility in their student, faculty, and parent communities.

Mahloket Matters is a six-part educational series designed to empower Jewish communities to use Jewish values, text, and conflict resolution skills to constructively engage in difficult ideological and political conversations.

Drawing on its experience facilitating conversations around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Resetting the Table has responded to America’s growing political divide by holding a series of communal conversations in rural Iowa and Wisconsin between people across the political spectrum.

The Jewish Values and American Democracy Project convenes thought leaders to explore the relationship between diverse narratives of Jewishness and of Americanness for the purpose of better, more informed leadership of American Jewry in a time of deep polarization.

A More Perfect Union Card Game

Have fun exploring the connections between Judaism and American democracy.

DIY Version

Print the cards, cut them out, and follow the instructions.

Out of the Box

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