Mission and History

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, economic and environmental 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. Weekly meetings of the New England CLSA – the Commission on Law and Social Action — had been a core means for fighting discrimination and pursuing justice through the courts and the legislature for over fifty years.

JALSA added to CLSA 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.


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