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A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy

Website:

www.jewishdemocracy.org/

Location:

Washington, DC

Type:

Jewish Advocacy Group Coalition

Fiscal Project of:

Tides Center

Formation:

2022

Executive Director:

Aaron Dorfman

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A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy is a coalition of left-of-center Jewish advocacy organizations that hopes to mobilize 10,000 American Jewish organizations during the 2024 election cycle. 1 2

The organization is a project of the left-of-center Tides Center 3 and its members include the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Facing History and Ourselves, and the Righteous Persons Foundation. 4

A More Perfect Union asks its members to report alleged online misinformation and disinformation to the left-of-center Common Cause 5

History and Leadership

A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy was founded by Aaron Dorfman in January 2022. 6 7 As of June 2024, Dorfman remains the executive director of the organization. 8 Prior to joining A More Perfect Union, Dorfman held roles with the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for the Living Torah and the American Jewish World Service. 9

The organization is headquartered in Washington, D.C. 10

Strategic Advisors

A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy uses a team of strategic advisors to support its work. The organization’s strategic advisors have ties to Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, Over Zero, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement, The Bulwark, Protect Democracy, Conference of Presidents of American Jewish Organizations, Rabbinical Council of America, iCivics, Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Jim Joseph Foundation, CitizenData, Hoover Institution, Tikvah Fund, SNF Agora Institute, One America Movement, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, R Street Institute, American Enterprise Institute, Harvard University, Voting Rights Lab, Interfaith America, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for the Living Torah, Fix the System, left-of-center racial and identity advocacy organization Race Forward, Reconstructing Judaism, and Resetting the Table. 11

Activities and Funding

A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy is a coalition of left-of-center Jewish advocacy organizations. It hopes to mobilize nearly 10,000 American Jewish organizations during the 2024 election cycle. 12 13

Following its launch, A More Perfect Union recruited more than 100 commitments to support what it considers “free, fair, safe, and accessible elections” from 77 partner institutions in 16 different states. 14 The organization has since expanded to include an elections toolkit and to advocate for what it calls civic learning, accessible elections, and promotion of what it considers ideological pluralism. 15 16 It is also a member of left-of-center Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Election Protection Coalition. 17

A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy believes that misinformation, disinformation, and “malinformation” are some of the biggest threats to the 2024 election. The organization believes that the best tool against alleged disinformation is accurate information shared by others through what it considers to be “trusted mediums.” As a result, A More Perfect Union hosts briefings on how to confront alleged misinformation and disinformation. It asks its members to report alleged online misinformation and disinformation to the left-of-center Common Cause and attempt to debunk content it believes is misinformation or disinformation. 18

As of June 2024, A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy’s members include the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Arizona Jews for Justice, Aviv Foundation, Carolina Jews for Justice, the Center for Radically Inclusive Judaism, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Civic Spirit, the Davis Center for Social Justice, Dorot Foundation, Facing History and Ourselves, Footsteps, Hillel International, Harold and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, Jewish Community Relations Council, John Pritzker Family Fund, Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund, One Table, Reboot, Reconstructing Judaism, Rekindle, Repair the World, Righteous Persons Foundation, Women for Reform Judaism, Zioness Movement, and others. 19

The organization also provides resources, technical assistance, resources, training, and funding for partners and others who work to advance similar left-of-center goals. 20 A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy hosts events regarding the 2024 election cycle 21 22 and has pledged to make up to $100,000 of grants to organizations within the partnership to ensure what the group considers to be “free, fair, safe, and accessible elections in 2024.” 23

In October 2023, A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy released The Jewish Imperative to Protect and Strengthen American Democracy. In this document, the organization claimed that norms such as forbearance and concession have been violated in recent years. The paper also claims that partisan state legislatures, political targeting of nonpartisan election administration workers, and a “tangible threat” of politically motivated violence represent immediate threats to the 2024 election. 24

Funding

A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy is a fiscally sponsored project of the left-of-center Tides Center. The organization receives funding from the Tides Center and through individual donations. 25

In 2022, the organization received $50,000 from the Righteous Persons Foundation. 26 It has received additional funding from the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, John Pritzker Family Fund, Charles H. Revson Foundation, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Jeffrey H. and Shari L. Aronson Family Foundation, The Jacob and Hilda Bluestein Foundation, Crown Family Philanthropies, Dorot Foundation, Tetzer Institute, Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah, and the Lubetzky Family Foundation. 27

References

  1. “Home.” The Jewish Partnership for Democracy. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://www.jewishdemocracy.org/.
  2. “Donate.” A More Perfect Union. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://give.jewishdemocracy.org/give/533237/#!/donation/checkout.
  3. “Donate.” A More Perfect Union. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://give.jewishdemocracy.org/give/533237/#!/donation/checkout.
  4. “Jewish Partnership for Democracy.” A More Perfect Union. Accessed June 134, 2024. https://amoreperfectunion.notion.site/c032e8ed4d944b2b9a6a7dc89ba7932e?v=5e8cb683b2674ee0bb6d9d03ab832a6c.
  5. “Ensuring a Free, Fair, Safe, and Accessible Election.” A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://www.jewishdemocracy.org/election-2024.
  6. “A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy.” CareerHub. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://jobs.jpro.org/companies/a-more-perfect-union-the-jewish-partnership-for-democracy.
  7. “Experience.” Aaron Dorfman LinkedIn Profile. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://www.linkedin.com/in/aarondorfman/details/experience/.
  8. “About.” The Jewish Partnership for Democracy. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://www.jewishdemocracy.org/about.
  9. “Experience.” Aaron Dorfman LinkedIn Profile. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://www.linkedin.com/in/aarondorfman/details/experience/.
  10. “A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy.” Citizen Connect. June 15, 2024. https://citizenconnect.us/organization/a-more-perfect-union-the-jewish-partnership-for-democracy/.
  11. “Advisors.” The Jewish Partnership for Democracy. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://www.jewishdemocracy.org/advisors
  12. “Home.” The Jewish Partnership for Democracy. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://www.jewishdemocracy.org/.
  13. “Donate.” A More Perfect Union. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://give.jewishdemocracy.org/give/533237/#!/donation/checkout.
  14. “The Jewish Partnership for Democracy.” A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://www.jewishdemocracy.org/join#network.
  15. “Donate.” A More Perfect Union. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://give.jewishdemocracy.org/give/533237/#!/donation/checkout.
  16. “The Jewish Partnership for Democracy.” A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://www.jewishdemocracy.org/join#network.
  17. “A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy.” Election Protection. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://866ourvote.org/partner/a-more-perfect-union-the-jewish-partnership-for-democracy/.
  18. “Ensuring a Free, Fair, Safe, and Accessible Election.” A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://www.jewishdemocracy.org/election-2024.
  19. “Jewish Partnership for Democracy.” A More Perfect Union. Accessed June 134, 2024. https://amoreperfectunion.notion.site/c032e8ed4d944b2b9a6a7dc89ba7932e?v=5e8cb683b2674ee0bb6d9d03ab832a6c.
  20. “About.” The Jewish Partnership for Democracy. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://www.jewishdemocracy.org/about.
  21. “Network Exclusive: Exploring the Misinformation Landscape.” Zoom Conference. Accessed June 14, 20214. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkdO2orz4vE9aPWoi9TyyEtBjVUD3YA2sz#/registration.
  22. “Upcoming Events.” A More Perfect Union: Jewish Partnership for Democracy. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://www.jewishdemocracy.org/events.
  23. “Ignition Grants.” A More Perfect Union. The Jewish Partnership for Democracy. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://www.jewishdemocracy.org/ignitiongrants.
  24. “The Jewish Imperative to Protect and Strengthen American Democracy.” A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy. October 2023. Accessed Jun 14, 2024. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/6213e61a8233fb2ef763a789/t/653fbe14d7056c352dd7ae6b/1698676245421/A+More+Perfect+Union_White+Paper_2023.pdf.
  25. “Donate.” A More Perfect Union. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://give.jewishdemocracy.org/give/533237/#!/donation/checkout.
  26. “A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy.” Righteous Persons Foundation. 2022. Accessed Jun 14, 2024. https://www.righteouspersons.org/grant/a-more-perfect-union-the-jewish-partnership-for-democracy/.
  27. “About.” A More Perfect Union. Accessed June 14, 2024. https://www.jewishdemocracy.org/about.
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A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy


Washington, DC