The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

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EIN: 45-0464545


T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights brings the Torah’s ideals of human dignity, equality, and justice to life by empowering rabbis and cantors to be moral voices and to lead Jewish communities in advancing democracy and human rights for all people in the United States, Canada, Israel, and the occupied Palestinian territories.

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Principal Officer

Rabbi Jill Jacobs

Main address

266 West 37th Street Suite 803

New York, NY 10018 USA

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Formerly known as

Rabbis for Human Rights-North America



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Human rights

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Jewish people

Victims of crime and abuse

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Jewish (X30)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Organize rabbis and cantors, train rabbinical students, amplify voices of rabbis and cantors.

We organize rabbis, cantors and their communities to make an impact through specific human rights campaigns.
We train rabbinical and cantorial students and rabbis and cantors to be powerful human rights leaders.
We amplify the voices of rabbis and cantors on the pressing human rights concerns of our time.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We believe that the job of a rabbi, and the job of the Jewish community, is to be human rights leaders. To that end, we train and mobilize rabbis and rabbinical students to engage their communities in protecting human rights. In our current campaigns, we aim to end the occupation and create a viable two-state solution that will enable both Israelis and Palestinians to have a better future; ensure a long-term solution that allows Bedouin Israelis to live in dignity and with their communities; end modern-day slavery and human trafficking in the United States; ensure that the U.S. never again engages in torture; and reform the systems of policing and mass incarceration that have a disproportionate effect on communities of color in the U.S.

Our strategies include:
--Mobilizing rabbis and their communities on campaigns on which we can have an impact, both in North America, and in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.
--Training rabbinical students and rabbis to be human rights leaders.
--Lifting up the voices of rabbis as moral leaders on human rights.

We have a network of 2000 rabbis and cantors, proven success in organizing for change, and deep knowledge of the Jewish wisdom that inspires us.

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.02 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 22% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$93,329 $117,844 $226,621 $639,497 -$67,296
As % of expenses -6.4% 7.8% 14.2% 34.9% -2.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$112,194 $98,979 $207,756 $620,632 -$75,200
As % of expenses -7.6% 6.5% 12.8% 33.6% -2.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,358,852 $1,627,844 $1,825,520 $2,567,813 $2,579,620
Total revenue, % change over prior year -3.2% 19.8% 12.1% 40.7% 0.5%
Program services revenue 2.3% 3.1% 2.8% 1.1% 0.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 7.3% 7.8%
All other grants and contributions 96.8% 96.8% 95.6% 90.5% 90.0%
Other revenue 0.9% 0.1% 1.6% 1.2% 1.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,452,181 $1,510,000 $1,598,899 $1,829,752 $2,696,916
Total expenses, % change over prior year 7.4% 4.0% 5.9% 14.4% 47.4%
Personnel 62.9% 66.0% 67.0% 70.6% 69.5%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 10.1%
Occupancy 9.4% 9.3% 8.9% 6.9% 5.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 27.7% 24.7% 24.1% 22.5% 15.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,471,046 $1,528,865 $1,617,764 $1,848,617 $2,704,820
One month of savings $121,015 $125,833 $133,242 $152,479 $224,743
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $201,357
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,592,061 $1,654,698 $1,751,006 $2,001,096 $3,130,920

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.0 1.3 2.6 7.4 4.0
Months of cash and investments 1.0 1.3 2.6 7.5 4.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.2 1.1 2.8 6.6 4.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $126,190 $160,862 $340,275 $1,134,633 $908,012
Investments $0 $0 $4,095 $5,532 $0
Receivables $18,780 $212,168 $354,976 $229,383 $158,425
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $116,133 $116,133 $116,133 $116,133 $116,133
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 44.5% 60.7% 76.9% 93.2% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 66.5% 59.1% 48.7% 21.8% 12.5%
Unrestricted net assets $88,309 $187,288 $395,044 $1,015,676 $940,476
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $100,000 $50,000
Total net assets $88,309 $187,288 $395,044 $1,115,676 $990,476

Key data checks

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Principal Officer

Rabbi Jill Jacobs

Rabbi Jill Jacobs is the Executive Director of Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. She is the author of There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition( and Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community( . Rabbi Jacobs has been named to the Forward's list of 50 influential American Jews (2006(  and 2008( ), to The Jewish Week's first list of “36 under 36( " (2008), and to Newsweek's list of the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America(  (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 06/30/2023
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Board co-chair

Sara Litt

Board co-chair

Rabbi William Plevan

Michael Lezak

Esther L. Lederman

Kenneth Chasen

Lester Bronstein

Michael Latz

Eric Sloan

Sara Litt

William Plevan

Daniel Zemel

Laura Abrasley

Rachel Bearman

Marc Dollinger

Rachel Faulkner

Hadar Harris

Nancy Kasten

Claudia Kreiman

Sandra Lawson

Aliza Schwartz

Moses Silverman

Kelly Whitehead

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/30/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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