What are our Jewish and Democratic values?

August 3, 2023

JDCA is the political home and voice of Jewish voters in support of Democrats who share our core values. We advocate for policy, educate and mobilize Jewish voters, and elect Democrats, all consistent with our values. Our Jewish and Democratic values guide everything we do, and they are both illustrated and described in further detail below.

Freedom & Democracy
חירות | Cherut

Throughout history, the Jewish people have thrived in pluralistic democracies that guaranteed the rights and freedoms of all. We believe that only a vibrant democracy can ensure freedom and protect against tyranny, and we support measures that strengthen and safeguard our democratic institutions.

Dignity, Equity, and Equality
בצלם אלקים | B’tzelem Elokim

We believe that all people are created in the image of the divine, and that it is incumbent upon us to treat each other as we would like to be treated. We work towards a more equitable world in which the basic human dignity of all people is realized, and where government works equally for all people to achieve their potential and aspirations.

Pursuit of Justice
צדק, צדק, תרדף | Tzedek, Tzedek, Tirdof

The concept of a just society upheld by a system of laws, ethics, and accountability is a central principle of our Jewish tradition. The pursuit of justice also compels us to work towards a fairer world that includes racial, social, economic, environmental, and reproductive justice. We support policies that uphold the rule of law and build a more just world for all.

Peoplehood & Community
אהבת ישראל | Ahavat Yisrael

As Jewish Democrats, we celebrate the histories and traditions that have sustained the Jewish people throughout time. Our sense of belonging and shared purpose drives our work to ensure thriving, safe, and secure Jewish communities in the U.S., Israel, and around the world.

Welcoming the Stranger
אהבת הגר | Ahavat HaGer

Jews are called to welcome the stranger more than any other commandment in the Torah, and are reminded that we were once strangers in a strange land. We are obligated to act with compassion towards all oppressed and marginalized peoples, including refugees and immigrants, as we too know what it is like to experience marginalization and oppression.

Repairing the World
תיקון עולם | Tikkun Olam

Our Jewish tradition compels us to make a more livable, sustainable, and just world through advocacy and action. We are commanded to not stand idly by and while we are not obligated to complete the work, neither are we free to abstain from it.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership,

Hon. Ron Klein
Chair, Jewish Democratic Council of America

Halie Soifer
CEO, Jewish Democratic Council of America