Our Jewish Responsibility

Maryam Hava ChishtiAs Jews, we have a moral obligation, when we see injustice, to speak out. As Humanistic Jews, we have a special responsibility to defend the separation of church and state and to respect the freedom, dignity, and self-esteem of every human being.


Time-Honored Jewish Teachings

“Justice, Justice you shall pursue.” (Deuteronomy 16:20)
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Leviticus 19:18)
torah1“You shall not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor” (Leviticus 19:16)
“Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner for you were foreigners in Egypt.” (Exodus 22:21)

Rabbi Hillel said: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” (Pirke Avot, 1:14)
Rabbi Tarfon said: “It is not your duty to complete the task, but nor are you free to desist from it.” (Pirke Avot 2:21)

Get Involved

City Congregation is looking for volunteers to participate in and/or guide our action efforts. Please contact Rabbi Peter Schweitzer to get involved.

Phone, Write, Fax

Get in touch with your elected officials – local, national, federal – and let them know what you think!


Click here or here to find your Member of Congress.

Call 202-224-3121 to reach the US Capitol switchboard.

Click here to find your State Representative or Senator.



kidsMark Your Calendar

Here are some of the upcoming rallies/marches that we have learned about. If you are interested in participating in any of these events and can also help organize them, please contact Rabbi Peter Schweitzer.


Sat Feb 12, Battery Park
National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees, sponsored by HIAS

Saturday, April 22
March for Science

Saturday, April 29
Climate March In Washington, DC (NYC too?)

Saturday, May 6
La Marcha De Mayo (Protest against the Wall)


Issues and Causes That You May Want to Support

Church-State / Secular Humanism
Americans United for Separation of Church And State
Secular Coalition for America

Civil Liberties, Justice Issues
Black Lives Matter
Campaign Zero
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
Showing Up For Racial Justice
Southern Poverty Law Center
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC

Climate / Environment
Friends of the Earth
National Resources Defense Council
Jewish Climate Action Network

Common Sense Gun Control
Americans for Responsible Solutions
Brady Campaign
Moms Demand Action

Community Organizing
Organizing for Action

Immigration Issues
American Friends Service Committee
Border Angels
International Refugee Assistance Project
The New York Immigration Coalition

Incarceration, Death Penalty
Equal Justice Initiative

Human Rights Campaign
Lambda Legal Defense Fund
PFLAG: Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Other Populations / Religions
Arab American Association of New York
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Muslim-Jewish Advocacy Council
Latino Jewish Leadership Council

Women’s Issues
NARAL Pro-Choice New York
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Physicians for Reproductive Health
Planned Parenthood National
Planned Parenthood NYC

Youth Activism