Posts Tagged: economic justice

Jewish Disability Advocacy Day: A Big Success!



I spent yesterday on Capitol Hill for Jewish Disability Advocacy Day, which is an opportunity to learn about legislative issues of importance to individuals with disabilities and their families and to lobby members of Congress.  People came from all over the country and the day was an inspiring day of learning and advocating as a Jewish […]

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The Top 9 Reasons You Should Register for Mitzvah Corps 2014



Mitzvah Corps registration is now open for the summer of 2014. Here are nine great reasons to spend your summer at one of the eight Mitzvah Corps sites around the world: 9. “Walk the walk” Our Jewish tradition teaches the importance of pursuing justice.  We know it is not enough to simply study the text […]

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Inclusive ENDA Advances in the Senate for First Time



Today, for the first time ever, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted to advance and inclusive version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (S. 815). If passed, ENDA would finally make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire, demote or fail to promote an employee based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. […]

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More Than Just The Corners of Our Fields



As a fellow Eisendrath Legislative Assistant, Raechel Banks, wrote yesterday, “There are many ways to ‘share our bread with the hungry’ (Isaiah 58:7).” She discussed a very tangible  way of helping to combat hunger in our midst (I still have blisters on my fingers from cutting potatoes for 3 hours straight). Today, however, I want […]

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A Menu of Social Justice



Rabbi Michael Namath, Program Director here at the RAC, tells a story to our L’Taken students: One day, as a few people were walking by the riverside, they saw babies floating down the river.  Several people jumped into the river and started pulling the babies out to try to save them, but more and more […]

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What Matters to Us: Reflections from the Consultation on Conscience



by Rabbi Barry Block The disconnect is striking. “The Jewish vote,” we were told last year, is all about support for Israel. But here I am at the Consultation on Conscience.  Israel is on the agenda, to be sure. But it’s a crowded agenda. And our friends in Washington seem to “get” that better than […]

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NFTY-MV: Understanding Modern Day Slavery



Each year, as the grocery stores begin to display their Pesach foods, I, without fail, think to myself “Passover time already?!” Each year, we are commanded to “regard ourselves as if we ourselves went forth from the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 13:8) so that we can feel how sweet freedom is.

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Reform Movement Reacts to SOTU Address



Earlier this week, Reform Movement leaders outlined their hopes and priorities for President Obama’s State of the Union address. President Obama spoke about almost all the issues our leadership raised, including: ECONOMIC JUSTICE The majority of the President’s speech was centered on the economy and job creation. URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs wrote that “deficit […]

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The Pasta Menorah: Turning “Give Me” into “Give You”



by Rabbi Ron Symons Well aware that the “give me” attitude can be pervasive during the Hanukkah season, Temple Sinai in Pittsburgh has developed an annual tradition of turning “give me” into “give you.” Our goal is to provide a vehicle through which every single person who wants to give, no matter the size of […]

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Veterans Day



Today millions of Americans will join together to celebrate Veterans Day. This contemporary American holiday grew out of Armistice Day and commemorates the ending of World War I on November 11th, 1919. As we remember this day, when the nations of the world agreed to lay down their weapons and begin the long project of […]

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Opportunities and Challenges in a Second Term



After a months-long political campaign, we wake up this morning, take a look around at the new additions to the political landscape, and get ready to “think big” about our goals over the next few years. Whatever your political views, liberal or conservative, Republican or Democratic, our responsibility for shaping the world includes choosing who […]

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The Lingering Power of Words



Words matter. As kids we learn that sticks and stones can break our bones but words can never hurt us, but we soon realize that this isn’t entirely true. Bruises fade after a few days, but words linger in our minds for much longer. And, in this week’s “Ten Minutes of Torah,” Rabbi Bruce Kadden […]

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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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The Obligations of American Exceptionalism



I support outsourcing and offshoring. I applaud globalization and free trade. And I do so because of my moral convictions and religious beliefs, and my deep commitment to American exceptionalism. As the election season heats up, I am troubled by the moral confusion of those who discuss these policies. The Democrats, sensing advantage, generally attack […]

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