JALSA

The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, a Boston-based social justice organization, is devoted to the defense of civil rights, the preservation of constitutional liberties, and the passionate pursuit of social and economic justice for all people.

Forty former board members of the American Jewish Congress founded JALSA in 2001 with Sheila Decter, Executive Director, at the helm to act on their Jewish values through the pursuit of social justice.

JALSA has a Committee on Law and Social Action that promotes legal and policy campaigns; special programs for youth; and working groups on the environment, civil rights, public education, and health.

Our Activities: JALSA draws on a multifaceted toolkit, including:
* Creating, joining, and staffing coalition efforts to maximize effectiveness
 * Writing and coordinating legal briefs to influence court decisions
 * Community organizing to raise awareness and engage the public
 * Building relationships and maintaining open communication with key decision-makers

Want to Help make our communities more just? Contact the JALSA office via email (jalsaoffice@gmail.com) or phone (617-227-3000) or  Join our Mailing List.

**Common Sense Gun Laws: Background checks on all gun purchases, including gun shows; Prohibition on sales or ownership of military style assault weapons and clips/magazines/drums that hold 30, 50, 100 rounds of ammunition; buy-back programs of guns.  (Volunteers Needed.  Email jalsaoffice@gmail.com if you wish to help encourage state and/or federal legislation. )

**Protecting Immigrants: Protecting Immigrants from Attacks on Benefits and Civil Liberties (Help us move to comprehensive immigration reform.  Call 617-227-3000 or email jalsaoffice@gmail.com to join our efforts to help immigrants have a path to citizenship.)

**Worker Justice: Working against outsourcing of sub-contracts to avoid paying benefits to long-time workers; Earned Sick Time Advocacy  (Join our efforts to get business leaders to support our work for earned earned sick time.  Write Bgutman.jalsa@gmail.com)

**Food Justice: Improving Access to Nutritious Food for Low Income Populations. Implementing the Public Health Trust established by the MA legislature.  (Help us get neighborhood groups to seek funds under the new Public Health Trust to improve access to healthy food in their neighborhoods.  email jalsaoffice@gmail.com)

**Mortgage Crisis: Adequate and Improved programs to save homes during this mortgage crisis.  (The resolution on mandatory mediation that passed the Brookline Town Meeting is a model for which needs to be passed state-wide.  email jalsaoffice@gmail.com if you want to help.)

**Education: Supporting programs which enhance public education, equity of resources for disadvantaged communities, opposition to privatization of public education or diversion of public funds from public schools.(Legislation pending at the State House will help improve assessment and accountability with less impact from high stake tests. To help, write jalsaoffice@gmail.com.)

**Revenue: Closing of tax loopholes and increase of  revenue necessary for the whole range of vital government operations, infrastructure, education, health.  (Come join our Revenue Committee to work on federal and Massachusetts revenue issues.  To help, write jalsaoffice@gmail.com.)

Contact Us

Contact the JALSA office via email (jalsaoffice@gmail.com) or phone (617-227-3000) or write to us at 18 Tremont Street, Suite 320, Boston, MA 02108.

Join our email List.

Officers        
President         Hon. Frank Smizik
Vice President Jonathan Sclarsic
Secretary         Mary Ellen Grossman
Treasurer         Zippy Ostroy
Past President  Andrew Fischer
Past President  David Guberman
Past President  Ronny Sydney
Executive Director Sheila Decter
Community Organizer Erica Rothschild
Office Michelle Weiner Taylor                      
 
 Board Members         

   Chuck Colbert, Barbara Cullen, Susie Davidson, Joel Eigerman, Ellen Feingold, Ari Fertig,

   Daniel Fishman, Mike Fox, Nicole Gann, Janet Goldenberg, Noah Hodgetts, Rosie Hunter

   Ken Jaffe, Howard Leibowitz, Stephen Linsky, Bonnie Orlin, Rabbi Jill Perlman, Sam Petuchowski

   Illisa Schild, Celia Segel, Rabbi Matt Soffer, Eve Tapper.   

Advisory Committee 

Karen  Ames, Robert Asher, Rep. Ruth Balser, Edward Barshak, Ruth Budd, Barbara Chandler,

Sen. Harriette  Chandler, Hon. David Cohen, Nadine Cohen, Sen. Cynthia Creem, Susan Davidoff

Prof. Rashi Fein (z”l), Sen. Barry Finegold, Ellen Fisher, Prof. Franklin  Fisher, Jamie Fleckner,

David  Friedman, Barbara Gaffin, Fran Godine, Jerry Jacobs, Linda Jason, Julie Johnson,

Rep. Louis Kafka, Hon. Ruth Kaplan, Hon. Rudolph  Kass, Rep. Jay Kaufman, Adam Kessel,

Rep. Kay Khan, Jonathan Klein, Richard Levine, Rep. Jason Lewis, Rep. David Linsky,

Hon. Stephen Linsky, Hon. Brooke Lipsitt, Dr. Alan Lobovits, Rep. Liz Malia,

Rabbi Bernard Mehlman, Mark Michelson, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Alexandra Moses, Andy Oram,

Sandy  Ostroy, Shirley Partoll, Charles Radin, Rick Reibstein, Nicole Roos, Sen. Stan Rosenberg,

Hon. Michael Ross, Rep. Byron Rushing, Phil Sego, Norma Shapiro, Emily Shield, Nancy Shilepsky,

Marc Slotnick, Jeff Stone, Joel Suttenberg, Janet Taylor, Albert Wallis, Bernard Wax, Hon. Alice

Wolf, Terry Yoffie, Rabbi Andrew Vogel, Councillor Josh Zakim, Alexandra Zaltman.