Finding a Gamechanger for Global Shabbat
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Local Neighbors
Muslim Community GroupsMuslim American SocietyA nonprofit organization that describes itself as a dynamic charitable, religious, social, cultural, and educational, organization that seeks to better the individual and in turn, the greater society by imparting Islamic knowledge, promoting community service, engaging in political activism, and much more.MAS PACE:,; MAS: 1206 Apollo Road, #851255, Richardson, TX 75085, (800) MAS-2166, in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Colorado, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and MassachusettsThere are three departments: MAS Tarbiya, MAS Youth, and MAS Pace; I recommend going through MAS PACE because it is the Public Affairs and Civil Engagement department
Council on American-Islamic RelationsCAIR has worked to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America. Through media relations, government relations, education and advocacy, CAIR puts forth an Islamic perspective to ensure the Muslim voice is represented. In offering this perspective, CAIR seeks to empower the American Muslim community and encourage their participation in political and social activism.go to to fill out a speaker request formHeadquarters in DC, chapters in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and WashingtonIncredibly focused on Interfaith relations, makes it a huge point on their website that they emphasize protecting people of all faiths and working with groups of all faiths
Islamic Network Group (ING)An Islamic organization dedicated solely to facilitating discussions between groups of different faiths in order for people to reevaluate their biases and gain mutual respect for one anothergo to and press the "schedule a panel or presentation" tab, and go to "civic, community, and faith-based groups." From there you simply fill out a formAll over the United StatesYou can choose whether you want to schedule aninterfaith panel or simply just a speaker under the "Civic, Community, and Faith-Based Groups" tab. Try and schedule at least two weeks in advance.
Christian Community GroupsInterfaith AllianceInterfaith Alliance has partnered with people of a wide-range of faith traditions to ensure that no federal law or policy stands in the way of a person practicing the tenets of their own faithemail and Jay will help you outAvailable in most states in the US; to check, look at this map:
Catholic Relief ServicesTheir mission is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. Although our mission is rooted in the Catholic faith, our operations serve people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity.Fill out the form on this link ( to invite a speakerThey have regional offices in the United States, but they also have offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the CaribbeanThe link for a speaker will ask which parish you belong to and which kind of church programming you want a speaker for--just click other and explain that we are a Jewish organization that highlights interfaith relations, and you are interested in showing your teens a broader view so they will be more well-rounded
Jewish Community GroupsJewish Speakers' BureauA group created to help connect speakers to communities in need around the world; has quality Jewish speakers representing many different walks of life Read through the speakers on this link ( and click on one you like, where you can apply to have that speaker come to you
Global Neighbors
Major Refugee and Genocide GroupsInternational Rescue CommitteeThe IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. The website has all sorts of tools and resources for how to help refugees all around to world, and how to respond to today's top emergenciesMedia Center email (for information and interviews):; Policy and Advocacy: International Rescue Committee, 1730 M Street, NW, Suite 505, Washington, DC 20036; Tel: +1 202 822-0166; International Headquarters: International Rescue Committee, 122 East 42nd Street, New York, New York 10168-1289, USA; Phone: + 1 212 551 3000Europe (Germany, Greece, and Serbia), US (Abilene TX, Atlanta GA, Baltimore MD, Boise ID, Charlottesville VA, Dallas TX, Denver CO, Elizabeth NJ, Garden City KS, Los Angeles CA, Miami FL, Midland TX, Missoula MT, New York NY, Oakland CA, Phoenix AZ, Richmond VA, Sacramento CA, Salt Lake City UT, San Diego CA, San Jose CA, Seattle WA, Silver Spring MA, Tallahassee FL, Tucson AZ, Turlock CA, and Wichita KS)
World Without GenocideWorld Without Genocide works to protect innocent people around the world; prevent genocide by combating racism and prejudice; advocate for the prosecution of perpetrators; and remember those whose lives and cultures have been destroyed by violence.Go to for a list of topics that their speakers cover, and at the bottom of the page there is a hyperlink to a speakers' request form to fill out. This organization is perfect for your Global Shabbat because it is specifically set up to help you get speakers that talk about such interesting and important topics, read through the list of topics in the speakers' bureau for a plethora of interesting talks!
Jewish Neighbors in Israel
IDF GroupsFriends of the IDFTheir mission is to offer educational, cultural, recreational, and social services programs and facilities that provide hope, purpose, and life-changing support for the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews worldwide.(212) 244-3118, fidf@fidf.orgIn most regions/states in the US
Israeli Relations OrganizationsThe Israeli EmbassyThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Israel formulates, implements and presents foreign policy of the Israeli government; the Embassy in turn works to present those policies to different countries' governments. Thereby the Embassy acts as a liaison to strengthen the ties between the two governments.Go to and select your continent and location within the continent. Under most of the pages for the location you choose is a tab that says "Speaker's Guide" where you can find an interesting speaker. Additionally, there is a tab on that same page that says "Israeli Speakers" and has speakers organized by their topicsAvailable in every continent (except Antarctica)
Other Social Influencers
Civil Rights Movement GroupsNAACPThe mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.Email, interim director over education programs, directly with a formal email asking for help finding a speakerEvery state nationwide
Black Lives MatterA social advocacy group dedicated to work for the validity of black life by responding to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates today's societygo to and press the "get involved" tab. From there, go to "locate a chapter" and find one near you to contactPretty much every state in the US and Toronto, Canada
American Civil Liberties UnionACLU considers themselves as our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.please email your request to with a description of your event, date, and locationAll 50 states, plus Washington DC and Puerto RicoDue to demand, they may be unable to send a speaker, but reach out regardless and see if there are any openings
Holocaust SurvivorsKavodFounded by two BBYO alumni who can help connect communities with local survivors, and also takes donations from individuals/chapters interested in supporting survivors in needEmail or call 901-831-0684, about connecting with survivors in your communitybased in Memphis, TN but open to aid for Survivors anywhere in the country
United States Holocaust Memorial MuseumThe website of the United States National Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. It has helpful history lessons and information, but can also set you up with a survivor to come speak at an evente-mail to request the Museum to arrange for a survivor to speak at venues locally, across the country, and abroadSurvivors can be sent to any country, according to the website!The muesum has a whole tab on how to host a holocaust survivor, which you can see if you go to this link:
LGBTQIA GroupsSOJOURNA Jewish resource network for gender and sexual diversity, which helps communities across the US's South learn how to advocate for LGBTQIA rights The Philip Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Suite A, Atlanta, GA, 30307; (404) 275-4637; info@sojourngsd.orgSouth, based in Atlanta but also offering programs in Birmingham, flexible so would likely be able to get pretty much anywhere in the Southeast
Homelessness OrganizationsNational Coalition for the HomelessA national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to preventing and ending homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected.Go to and click on the "taking action" drop down menu, where there is a tab that says "request a speaker"Available in most states, but most popular is in DC metro area
Education Reform OrganizationsCenter for Education ReformTheir mission is to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans, particularly our youth, ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. Nick Paige at nick@edreform.comNationwide
Mental Health OrganizationsActive MindsThe leading nonprofit organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking by developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy groups on campuses nationwide.Go to, find a speaker that sounds beneficial for your shabbat, and at the bottom of the speaker's bio there's a button that says "Book (name)"There are 434 chapters across the US, Canada, African, Australia, Cyprus, and Ecuador, with speakers all over the worldTheir ideal timeframe for booking a speaker is 8-12 weeks beforehand but are very understanding of it is less time than that, they have worked with organizations that have booked only a month in advance before.
Criminal Justice OrganizationsNational Juvenile Justice NetworkThe NJJN leads a movement of state-based juvenile justice reform organizations and alumni of its Youth Justice Leadership Institute to fight for a fairer youth justice system that’s appropriate for youth and their families. NJJN advocates for policies and practices that treat youth in trouble with the law with dignity and humanity and which strengthen them, their families and their Sarah Bryer <> and/or
Alyson Clements <> to help set you up with a speaker, or go to to find a chapter in your state
Available in 44 states (excluding Hawaii, Alaska, Vermont, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Idaho)
Hurricane Relief GroupsConvoy of HopeA faith-based group focused on mobilizing volunteers to help with hurricane reliefgo to and at the top right, there is a "request a speaker" buttonThey have both domestic and international volunteer groups, so they can be found all over the worldAlthough this is a faith group, they are focused on helping whoever they can and connecting with groups of many faiths--contacting them as a speaker would be beneficial in talking about both hurricane relief and inter-faith relations. Additionally, they typically like for you to book six months in advance but can work with last minute bookings as well.
Other ChangemakersSpeakers for ChangeA group that connects you to speakers involved in social change, primarily in addiction treatment, criminal justice, education, first responders, and moreGo to, click on a topic that you want your global shabbat crowd to hear about, and book a speaker through the website
Big SpeakA website that helps connect you to all kinds of speakers, including celebrities, in any subject you chooseGo to and click on menu; from there you can select your topic, find a speaker, and apply to have him/her come to your eventWorldwideThe speakers on this list are extensive and celebrity studded, but definitely much better for bigger events because the speakers can be quite expensive. Additionally, they say it is easiest to request a speaker 4-6 months in advance but can work with many last minute requests, even as close to a request a week in advance.
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