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Participate in the Weekend of Twinning



The RAC is, for the first time, co-sponsoring the Weekend of Twinning with the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and the Islamic Society of North America. Join the largest ‘gathering’ of Muslims and Jews anywhere in the world by partnering for a weekend of learning and exploration with a local mosque. Most 2013 Weekend of Twinning […]

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Reform Movement Mourns Passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg



On the occasion of the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg, Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement: “Senator Frank Lautenberg’s death is not only a great loss for his family and friends, but for the U.S. Congress, the nation, the Jewish people and the global community. Throughout a public service career that spanned more than six decades, from his military service in World War II to his leadership in the Senate, Frank Lautenberg was a force for justice.”

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Consultation on Conscience Begins!



Welcome to Consultation on Conscience 2013! We are thrilled to welcome lay leaders and clergy from across North America for three days of public policy workshops, Jewish learning and social justice. Not able to join us? Don’t worry – you can follow along from the comfort of your own home! Check out our great line […]

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Feb. 4: Interfaith Call-In Day to Prevent Gun Violence



The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School has had a profound effect on the national conversation about gun violence prevention. There was something about those 20 children, something about that tight-knit community, some way that Americans from all backgrounds recognized that this tragedy would be the straw that broke the camel’s back. And more than […]

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Get Out the Vote 2012: The Home Stretch



As a D.C. resident who lives in the Virginia media market, it seems as though the only ads on TV right now are political – and understandably so. Presidential, Senatorial and Congressional elections (along with local elections and proposed amendments) are among our most obvious and consistent opportunities to make our voices heard. This election […]

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Anti-Semitic Attack in Sweden



Late last night, a Jewish community building in Malmö, Sweden was attacked. Although, thankfully, no one was injured, Rabbi Saperstein reminds us, “Last night’s attack serves as a bitter reminder of the anti-Semitism that has plagued that community for too long.” Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of the Malmö community, who have […]

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Iran Update: A Drumbeat Toward War



Nuclear negotiations with Iran are “dead in the water,” experts say. The demise of talks comes during the same week that Iran has unveiled plans for a new air defense site and the announcement of its new short-range missile with a range of 180 miles and upgraded hardware. This also comes within days of the […]

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A Priest, a Minister, and a Rabbi Walk into a Bar



This fall, Minnesotans will have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment that would ask: “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as marriage in Minnesota?” If this amendment succeeds, Minnesota would join the 30 states that have […]

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NYPD Spied on American Muslims in Vain



In September 2011, the Associated Press began its investigation of the New York Police Department’s specific targeting of American Muslims. Members of the NYPD were found to have spied on Muslim religious centers, workplaces and student associations at local colleges (some of which were not even in New York City), often without any evidence of […]

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We Are Better Than This



Each year 100,000 Americans are injured or killed because of gun-related crimes. In recent weeks, too many horrific incidents of gun violence have captured national attention, reflecting the worsening ideological divisiveness, anger and intolerance in our nation, all of which must end. The fact remains that this trend of violence threatens us all and violates […]

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Shabbat Tzedek



Last week we suggested that congregations spend Shabbat memorializing the tragic incidents in Oak Creek, WI and Joplin, MO. We encouraged all URJ congregations to remember those killed as a result of hate crimes, include prayers of healing for the wounded, prayers of support for the families and communities affected, and prayers of healing for […]

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Iran Update: Nuclear Talks Fail; Hundreds Die in Earthquake



Low-level diplomatic talks between world powers and Iran have failed, according to Israeli officials. Sunday on Israel Radio, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon suggested that, if all world powers involved in the talks would collectively declare failure, “it will be clear that all options are on the table.” This comment, referring directly to the threat […]

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A Shabbat Prayer for Joplin Mosque and Sikh Temple



The tragic shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, WI last weekend that resulted in seven deaths and scores of injuries has horrified us all. Acts of  violence fueled by ethnic hatred, including what may be an act of arson against a mosque in Joplin, MO this week, have no place in our society […]

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Rabbi Saperstein Praises Bipartisan Commitment to Israel



Last Friday, President Obama signed the U.S.-Israel Enhanced Cooperation Act, which was strongly supported by the Administration and passed by overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress. Just days later, Governor Romney (presumptive Republican Presidential nominee) visited Israel and gave a widely publicized speech in Jerusalem. Rabbi Saperstein commented on the actions and statements from these two […]

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