Posts Tagged: Poverty

No Man (Or Woman) is an Island



by Barbara Lerman-Golomb The year I was applying for college, the essay prompt for the application to the University of Pennsylvania was “No man is an island” by the poet, John Donne. I didn’t end up applying to U of P, mainly because to me, going away to college meant leaving Philadelphia and attending a […]

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L’Dor v’Dor: Champion the Poor and Needy



This Shabbat falls at the beginning of the Labor Day holiday weekend, which traditionally marks the end of summer. Labor Day today often finds us at barbecues or enjoying the beach one last time before fall, but the holiday originally was created to celebrate unions and the role of workers in our society. Jewish tradition strongly supports the right of employees to be treated with dignity by their employers. The Torah teaches us: “You shall not abuse a needy and destitute laborer…You must pay out the wages due on the same day, before the sun sets, for the worker is needy and urgently depends on it;” (Deuteronomy 24:14-15).

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Sign Up for Jubilee Shabbat Today



It’s not too late to plan a Jubilee Shabbat event in your synagogue, community, or even for your home and family. This year’s Jubilee Shabbat weekend is taking place May 18-19, and it is co-sponsored by the Religious Action Center, American Jewish World Service, Tikkun, the Shalom Center and Rabbis for Human Rights-North America (RHR-NA). […]

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Hunger for Righteousness



Just before the High Holy Days, Rabbi Steve Gutow of the Jewish Council of Public Affairs asked me to join a group of Jewish and congressional leaders in a project called the Food Stamp Challenge. I was somewhat aware of the Food Stamp Challenge because, among others, Rabbi David Saperstein, who directs our Religious Action […]

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This Sukkot, Act for Our Children and Our Future



by Molly BenoitAlso posted on Ten Minutes of Torah As a young girl, I vividly remember decorating the Sukkah with my religious school class. We made “fruit” from colored construction paper and glued together crepe paper ribbon chains to hang from the ceiling.  Out in the chilly fall air under the sky peeking through the […]

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A Rabbi’s Journey to Rome – Building Bridges of Hope: Success Stories and Strategies for Interfaith Action



by Rabbi Warren Stone I was invited to Rome by the U.S. Embassy and the Vatican’s  Pontifical Gregorian University for a major one-day conference on October 12, entitled:  “Building Bridges of Hope: Success Stories and Strategies for Interfaith Action.”  The program’s vision was to include the Abrahamic faith traditions on three global issues panels, each […]

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Trekking Up the River



by JanetheWriter Photo by Naomi Abelson Several years ago, I helped chaperone a quartet of high school students from my home congregation to Washington, DC to attend a L’taken social justice seminar sponsored by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Although waaaay beyond high school myself, I learned a lot in those three and […]

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Haiti and the Outcry



by Rabbi Geoffrey HunttingTemple Sinai, Sarasota, Fl. In the first chapters of Sefer Shemot, Moses has his first encounter with God. “I have marked well the plight of My people in Egypt and have heeded their outcry because of their taskmasters; yes I am mindful of their sufferings…” And yet, it has been many years […]

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Responding to Hunger in Israel



by Sophie Vener 2009-2010 NFTY Social Action Vice President I arrived in Jerusalem on Monday, August 31st, to begin my year on Shnat Netzer, the World Union for Progressive Judaism‘s gap year program in Israel. We spent the first week in the Beit Shmuel youth hostel for orientation, learning rules and regulations as well as […]

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