Posts Tagged: politics

Reform Movement Condemns Government Shutdown



In response to the failure of Congress to pass a funding bill, resulting in a government shutdown, Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement today: On behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.3 million Reform Jews, and the […]

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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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Jewish Leaders Visit Jonathan Pollard in Federal Prison



Last Thursday, on July 11th, leaders of the Reform and Conservative Jewish movements visited Jonathan Pollard at Butner Federal Correction Complex in North Carolina, where he is serving a life sentence after being convicted of passing classified intelligence information to Israel while working as an intelligence analyst for the Navy. Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the […]

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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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Rabbi Jacobs’ Letter to the Senate on Gun Violence



In advance of an interfaith day of advocacy around gun control, URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs sent a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell urging Congress to pass stricter gun laws. The letter was sent as part of the Reform Movement’s joint efforts with other faiths to mobilize […]

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs Reacts to President Obama’s Speech in Israel



I felt pride as an American and as a Jew in listening to President Obama’s remarkable speech to the Israeli people today. It was an historic speech, perhaps the most important in recent memory by an American president.  The powerful recognition of Israel’s right to exist was important, as well his eloquent and heartfelt recognition […]

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Rabbi Greene Goes to Washington!



by Rabbi Fred Greene Whenever I go to our nation’s Capitol, I get chills. The grandeur of the city, the seat of government, the idealism and commitment of people striving to do good. Yes, I am still among those who believe that most of the people who serve our nation in positions of leadership are […]

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Should Rabbis Talk About Israel?



by Rabbi Yair Robinson When I checked Twitter on a recent morning, I found an old picture of me and some colleagues making the rounds. It was from a few weeks before our ordination, May of 2003, taken for a Cincinnati Enquirer photographer for an article about ordination. In it with me are rabbis Michael […]

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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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Mayor Mish-Mash: Remembering Ed Koch



The New York Times published an interesting story this week on late NYC Mayor Ed Koch, a Jew. Apparently the mayor’s rabbi, Arthur Schneier of Park East Synagogue (Modern Orthodox), tried to take His Honor cemetery shopping, but Koch was bound and determined to be buried in Manhattan, and so he will spend eternity in […]

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Naftali Bennett: A Star is Born



by Rabbi Dow Marmur Despite the clouds formed by the sharpening election campaign, a new star can be clearly discerned on Israel’s political firmament. His name is Naftali Bennett, the new leader of the nationalist (modern) Orthodox party, Habayit Hayehudi (the Jewish home) that can trace its origins to the once moderate National Religious Party. […]

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Reform Movement Reacts to UN Vote on Palestinian State



The United Nations voted yesterday to accept Palestinian non-member observer state status at the UN. In response to this vote, Rabbi Rick Jacobs today issued a statement on behalf of the Reform Movement: We are deeply disappointed in the results of the vote in the United Nations yesterday to accept Palestinian non-member observer state status. […]

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A Plea for Unity in Israel



by Matt Adler To my Israeli brothers and sisters: I am an American Jew. I regularly attend synagogue. I speak Hebrew. I’ve been to Israel several times. I care deeply about the future of not only my country, but also that of the State of Israel. And that’s why I’m asking centrist and left-wing Israelis […]

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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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