Words create worlds. Drawing from texts ancient and modern, Emor responds to the most pressing questions of our time and shapes the public discourse with bold, creative Jewish ideas that inspire our community to act.

Our Vision

We envision a world where human rights are at the center of public discourse, and where the Jewish community leads with a deep understanding of Judaism as an inclusive, justice-seeking tradition driven by love rather than fear.

Our Values

We believe that ideas are powerful, and that public discourse shapes and guides communal agendas and actions.

We believe that Torah is timeless, and that millennia of Jewish texts contain the wisdom we need to respond to the concerns of today and tomorrow.

We believe the Jewish community has an important role to play in American society, public discourse, and policy-making.

We believe that actions should be driven by a commitment to the human rights and essential dignity of all people.

We believe in building hope, not giving in to despair. We believe the status quo is not inevitable. The future is ours to shape.

The Jewish social justice sector will have a deeper well of ideas from which to draw in its work on immigration, racial justice, democracy, and pursuing human rights for both Israelis and Palestinians.

The Jewish communal agenda will center a commitment to human dignity as a baseline for everyone in the United States and for both Israelis and Palestinians.

The Jewish community’s priorities will not be driven by fear but rather by the recognition that our future is bound up in the prosperity of all peoples.

Students, educators, journalists, policymakers, and all of us will have the language to talk about individual commitments to democracy, equality, and human rights in a way that is deeply rooted in Judaism and that inspires action.

This generation and the next will be inspired by a Judaism that directly speaks to our values and to the major questions of the moment.