Posts Tagged: international affairs

Unanimous Vote on Iron Dome Funding Vital to Israel’s Security; Hamas Violation of Ceasefire Condemned



In response to the unanimous U.S. Senate vote authorizing emergency aid for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement: The news this morning that Hamas violated the agreed upon 72 hour humanitarian cease fire, killed two IDF soldiers, and kidnapped Givati Brigade […]

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An Update on “Stop the Sirens”



As you know, the conflict in Gaza has intensified. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the Israeli soldiers killed in action, with our brothers and sisters in Israeli, and with all who are in danger. When the conflict began, the Reform Movement made a decision to join Stop the Sirens, a community-wide […]

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Saperstein: Recent Spate of Anti-Semitic Incidents Prompts Alarm



In response to recent anti-Semitic episodes in Los Angeles and Paris, as well as incidents across the United States and Europe, Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement: “We are deeply disturbed by the recent violent anti-Semitic and anti-Israel uprisings. Over the weekend, rioters, wielding bats […]

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs’ Letter to Delegates at the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly



Copies of this letter are being given to delegates at the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s General Assembly in Detroit, MI, who will be voting this week on several Israel-focused resolutions related to Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Dear Friend, As the president of America’s largest Jewish denomination, representing 1.5 million North American Jews, it is my […]

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Saperstein Condemns Anti-Semitism Against Ukrainian Jewry



In response to several anti-Semitic incidents in Ukraine, the site of ongoing social upheaval, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, released the following statement: The events in Ukraine are deeply concerning for all who value human rights. We pray that the unrest will be resolved in a peaceful and […]

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Bringing Nothing But Nets Back to Campus



This past weekend the Religious Action Center and Nothing But Nets welcomed our Malaria Fellows to Washington, D.C., for a two-day retreat. Our only in-person gathering of the program, the retreat provided the Fellows with a chance to get to know one another and our organizations, which they’ll be representing in front of tens of […]

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A Net Gain in Tanzania



In the northwest corner of Tanzania sits the country’s sole refugee camp. Camp Nyarugusu houses nearly 68,000 refugees, mostly from the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo. Many have been at the camp since 1996 when the civil war forced them out of their homes. Others are escaping more recent violence, such as the chopping […]

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Internet Round-Up: The Best Jewish Stories on the Web



Here are just a few of the recent stories from across the web that speak directly to (and about) Reform Jews. What Jewish stories have you been reading recently? Leave a comment and let us know! “Why Millennials are Leaving the Church,” CNN’s Belief Blog Christian author Rachel Held Evans writes of young Christians like […]

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Reform Movement Encouraged by Resumption of Peace Talks, Commends Kerry



Last Friday, just before Shabbat, Rabbi Jacobs issued a statement in response to Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent announcement that Israel and the Palestinian Authority have the basis to resume peace talks. We welcome this apparent progress toward peace, commend Secretary of State Kerry for his leadership and effort and pledge our support for […]

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What Would the Talmudic Rabbis Think of the NSA?



Thanks to two leaks of classified information, we have been hearing about data collection practices at the NSA. The evolution of new technologies requires us as a nation to thoughtfully consider how to strike the proper balance between protecting national security and protecting individual privacy. The revelations of the last few weeks, arguably, fall somewhere […]

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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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Remembering Rwanda on Yom Hashoah



On Yom Hashoah we remember the great tragedy that we as a people and as a world faced during World War II over 60 years ago. But how do we use that memory today? To what end does that experience motivate our community? Surely one answer is that we as a people must be particularly […]

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Hungarian Politician Calls for Registration of Jews



On Monday, Hungarian Member of Parliament Marton Gyongyosi called for the creation of a list registering all Hungarian Jews, with a focus on registering Jewish politicians and those of Israeli descent. He explained away his actions by deeming Hungarian Jews a national security risk. Gyongyosi has now made international headlines for his blatantly anti-Semitic remarks, […]

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U.N. to Vote on Status of Palestinian State



On Thursday, November 28th, the U.N. General Assembly will vote on a resolution aiming to change the status of the Palestinians from an observer to a non-member observer state. The proposal is being advanced by Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, who hopes to use the elevated status to renew talks of a two-state solution. […]

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