A Note From Rabbi Jacobs: What I’ve Been Up To
At the RAC’s recent Consultation on Conscience, I met an incredible faith leader, Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby. Last week, I joined Sister Simone and others for the kick-off of Nuns on the Bus, a coast-to-coast immigration reform campaign that will land them in San Francisco after nearly 6,500 miles of travel and immigration reform advocacy. The kick-off was truly stirring, and I hope many of you will be inspired to get involved with this important cause when the bus comes to a city near you.
I recently visited with professional and lay leaders in Iowa City and Minneapolis-St. Paul, learning about these wonderful, thriving Reform communities. This morning I am in Brooklyn, wrapping up a productive meeting of the North American Board of Trustees. Highlights of the gathering included an address by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who discussed the importance of gun control, and a rousing Shabbat celebration. Later this afternoon, I’ll check-in at WRJ’s Centennial Symposium, where nearly 225 participants will spend the day learning about the inspirational history of Women of Reform Judaism.
In the wake of the devastating tornado in Oklahoma, URJ staff members have been in touch with all the Reform congregations in the area. Thankfully, all congregants and facilities survived the storm, but there are others who need our help. Please encourage your congregants to donate to the URJ’s fund for Oklahoma Tornado Relief. All contributions will be directed to local relief agencies on the ground, ensuring that the necessary support and services reach those who need them the most. As always, I thank you for your commitment to and support of the work of our Movement.