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Rabbis Organizing Rabbis Advocacy Day



Yesterday, rabbis from across America came to Washington D.C. to raise their voices in support of comprehensive immigration reform. The rabbis participating in the advocacy day spoke with key legislators about the bipartisan Senate immigration bill introduced last month, expressing their support for the legislation, offering ways to continue to strengthen it and discussing strategies […]

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Rabbi Saperstein Addresses National Immigration Rally



Today, thousands of people gathered on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol to express their support for commonsense immigration reform. Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, spoke along with other prominent interfaith leaders from across the country. His prepared remarks follow:

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Senate Passes VAWA



In response to this week’s Senate passage of the Violence Against Women Act, Barbara Weinstein, Associate Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement: Ten months ago, we commended the Senate for its bipartisan passage of the Violence Against Women Act that included better training of law enforcement, victim service […]

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VAWA and the Super Bowl



Like many in the “broader Maryland” area, I watched and celebrated the Ravens’ Super Bowl victory this past weekend. I ate my requisite snacks, groaned at some commercials, and kvelled at Beyonce’s “throw-back” performance. For many, though, the Super Bowl is not the happy family occasion we might imagine – and I’m not just talking […]

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Pursuing Justice on MLK Day



If any one concept best summarizes Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message, it is that of justice. Justice for oppressed individuals, justice for persecuted people, and justice for the broader society. In the era of MLK, the fight for justice was synonymous with the civil rights movement: the quest for equality for people regardless of their […]

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This is Personal



In many ways, Judaism is a collective religion – one whose primary unit is not the individual, but rather the community. We need a minyan, a quorum of 10 people, before we pray. Many of our prayers are written in the first person plural “we,” rather than the singular “I.” Our narrative is one of […]

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“And the Whole Earth Was of One Language”



This past Saturday, Jews around the world listened to the chanting of Parshat Noach. After the dramatic story of the flood, the destruction of the world and the annihilation of most of the human race, we are privy to yet another tale: the story of the tower of Babel. This parable serves to explain why […]

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Health Care Coverage for Immigrant Youth a Moral Obligation



Last month, the Obama Administration announced that youth who are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status would not qualify for benefits extended under the Affordable Care Act. This excludes these young immigrants from accessing crucial preventative services, acquiring health care through the new exchanges, or receiving assistance from federal programs such as Medicaid […]

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Act Now! Domestic Violence Awareness Month



Think of four women you know. They can be anyone – friends, sisters, classmates, colleagues. Got it? Great. Now think – if the women you chose were four average American women, statistics predict that one of them has been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Add one more woman to the […]

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Women: Like Men, But 23% Cheaper



Women working full-time year-round are paid only 77 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Such a statement shouldn’t be true in the arena of gender equity, where the commonplace conception is that, as history progresses, we are moving closer and closer to […]

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VAWA’s 18th Birthday



Eighteen is a special number in the Jewish tradition. It is associated with chai, with life. Today marks the 18th anniversary—the chai anniversary—of the Violence Against Women Act, a piece of legislation that has made a difference in thousands of women’s lives by bolstering prosecution of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse offenders; increasing […]

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Looking Forward: Children’s Sabbaths



While walking along a road, a sage saw a man planting a carob tree. He asked him: “How long will it take for this tree to bear fruit?” “Seventy years,” replied the man. The sage then asked: “Are you so healthy a man that you expect to live that length of time and eat its […]

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